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December 4, 2010

PSU Wrestling defends title at USM’s Ted Reese Invitational

Four Panthers capture individual titles; four others runner-up 

            GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University wrestling team had four individual champions and 10 place-winners Saturday en route to capturing the championship of the Ted Reese Invitational Wrestling Tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.

            Saturday’s title marks the second year in a row that the Panthers claimed the championship.  PSU was a decisive winner among the 10 schools competing, scoring 118 points, while runner-up Southern Maine ended up with 76.5.  The rest of the team scores included Trinity (63.5), MIT (54), American International (49), WPI (46.5), Western New England (45.5), Norwich (43.5), RPI (23.5), and UNH (11.5).

            The four Panthers who won individual championships were sophomore Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) at 141 pounds, junior Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) at 157, junior Dustin Rudy (Iselin, N.J.) at 165, and junior Chris Rideout (Londonderry, N.H.) at 184.

            Four other Panthers finished second in their weight classes -- junior Josh Huber (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) at 125, sophomores Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.) at 149 and Seth Carter (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) at 174, and junior Rob Phillips (Brick, N.J.) at 184.  Senior Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H.) was a third-place finisher at 197 pounds, and junior Dan Curley (Keokuk, Iowa) placed fourth at 174.

            The Panthers will wrap up the semester next Saturday, Dec. 11, when the host the Plymouth State Open at Foley Gymnasium (10:00 a.m.)  It will be the last home appearance of the season for PSU wrestlers. 

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