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January 7, 2012

PSU Wrestlers place eighth at Williams Invitational

Conrad, Wheeler are place-winners for Panthers 

            WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Plymouth State University had two place-winners and finished in eighth place out of nine teams Saturday at the Williams Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

            The Panthers, who had just seven wrestlers competing in the tournament, finished with 32.5 points. Springfield won the team title with 125 points, with host Williams second with 86 and Roger Williams University third with 78.  The rest of the team scores included the University of Southern Maine (69), New York University (65.5), MIT (55.5), Simpson (39.5), PSU (32.5), and STCC (16.5).

            Freshman Brandon Conrad and junior Femi Wheeler were the top Panther wrestlers, both finishing as place-winners in the 157-pound weight bracket.  Conrad won his first two matches before being defeated in the championship match to finish runner-up, and Wheeler took third place after winning his first two matches and then capturing two more victories in the back draw.

            Seniors Rob Phillips also had a solid tournament at 184 pounds.  He won three of his first four bouts before being eliminated with a medical forfeit.  Freshman Adam Reed (Barre, Vt.) also went 2-2 in the tourney at 197 pounds.

            Plymouth State will be on the road next Saturday, traveling to NYU for a quad that will include Elizabethtown and Gettysburg. 

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