#28 Panthers down Huskies and WPI to improve to 8-1
GORHAM, Maine – The nationally-ranked Plymouth State University wrestling team easily won a pair of dual matches Sunday afternoon, defeating WPI 28-16, and the University of Southern Maine, 30-24, in a tri-meet at USM’s Hill Gymnasium.
The Panthers, ranked 28th in the current Division III national poll, rested a couple starters but won both matches to improve to 8-1 on the season. USM also defeated WPI 22-21 to earn a split on the day and move to 4-10 and WPI falls to 1-10.
PSU was bolstered by a solid effort in the consecutive weight classes of 165, 174 and 184 pounds. Sophomores James Matlack (Hamilton, N.J.) at 165 and Seth Carter (Hudson, N.H./Alvirne) at 174 were both 2-0 on the day, including pins in the USM match; Matlack improved to 13-7 on the season while Carter took over the team lead in victories with a 17-5 mark. Juniors Rob Phillips (Brick, N.J.) and junior Chris Rideout (Londonderry, N.H.) won one bout apiece at 184.
Junior Jake Gagnon (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) also picked up two victories on the day in the heavyweight division, improving to 11-4 on the season.
Plymouth State, which placed second out of 14 schools at last weekend’s New England Dual Meet Championships, will face several tough battles next weekend in a quad-meet at Williams College. The Panthers will meet Wesleyan, which won the New England Duals and is ranked 26th nationally; Williams, which finished fourth at the New England Duals and is ranked 30th nationally; and Oneonta State, which has a record of 10-5-1.
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