Eight Panthers place in top four of their weight class
BRISTOL, R.I. – Eight Plymouth State University wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight classes Saturday as the Panthers placed third of nine in the team standings at the annual Scott Viera Invitational, hosted by Roger Williams University.
Springfield College won the event with 139.5 points and Williams was runner-up with 110. PSU took third with 101 points, followed by host Roger Williams (76), Elizabethtown (51.5), Southern Maine (46.5), Norwich (38), STCC (11.5), and American International (10.5).
Junior Mike Willey (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the way for PSU, capturing the individual title at 157 pounds. Willey, who is ranked No. 1 in New England at 157, went 4-0 in the tournament, including a victory in the final over Steve Flathers of Springfield, who is ranked fourth in New England. Willey is now 14-1 on the season.
Two Panthers finished runner-up in their weight class, junior Josh Huber (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) at 125 pounds and sophomore Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.) at 149. Huber, who is ranked No. 2 in New England at 125, won his first two bouts but lost in the final to Josh Mattana of Williams, who is ranked seventh in New England. Oliverio, ranked seventh in New England at 149, won his first three bouts by fall before being defeated in the final by Springfield’s Ryan McGilvray, who is ranked fourth in New England. Huber improved his season record to 10-2 and Oliverio is now 7-5.
Three Panthers placed third in their weight class, sophomore James Matlack (Hamilton, N.J.) at 165 pounds, senior Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H.) at 197, and junior Jake Gagnon (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) in the heavyweight division. Matlack won four back-draw matches to claim third place and finish with a 5-1 mark in the tournament; Larcomb needed to win just twice in the backdraws to finish third with a 3-1 record; and Gagnon went 4-1 on the day to claim third place at 285.
The final two Panthers who earned places were sophomores Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) at 141 pounds and Seth Carter (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) at 174, who both placed fourth in their weight class.
PSU will return to the mat next Saturday, traveling to Norwich University for a tri-meet with the Cadets and MIT.
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