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PSU Wrestling finishes eighth at Ted Reese Invitational

Conrad, Phillips, Giovanetti place-winners for Panthers

            GORHAM, Maine – Plymouth State University had three place-winners and finished in eighth place out of 11 teams Saturday at the Ted Reese Invitational Wrestling Tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Maine.

            The Panthers, who were the two-time defending champions of the tournament, finished with 41 points in the 11-team tournament.  Trinity College won the team title with 100 points, just ahead of runner-up New York University (94.5).  The rest of the order of finish in the team standings was American International (88), Southern Maine (80), WPI (67), MIT (60.5), Western New England (48.5), PSU (41), UNH (16.5), UConn (14) and RPI (6).

            Freshman Brandon Conrad led the way for PSU, finishing runner-up in the 157-pound weight class.  After a first-round bye, Conrad won two straight matches by decision before going to defeat in the title bout against WPI's Zach Hartzell.  Conrad is ranked fifth in New England at 157 pounds and evened his season record at 5-5.

            Seniors Rob Phillips and Zac Giovanetti finished in third and fourth place for PSU in the 184-pound bracket.  Both wrestlers won their first match, lost their second and won a back-draw bout before meeting in the consolation final, where Phillips pinned Giovanetti in four minutes, 38 seconds.  Phillips is ranked #2 in New England at 184 pounds and has a team-best 13-3 record.

            The Panthers have completed competition for the semester and will be back in action at the Williams College Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. 

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