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November 17, 2012

PSU Wrestlers place ninth out of 16 at Doug Parker Inv.

Reed and Oliverio are place-winners for Panthers

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team finished in ninth place out of 16 teams Saturday at the annual Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College.

            Centenary College of New Jersey captured the team title with 166 points, with Roger Williams University second with 137.5 and host Springfield third with 128.5. PSU was ninth with 49 points, behind eighth-place Western New England (57) and just ahead of 10th-place Williams (48.5).

  
  Reed Oliverio
     

            The top Panther performances in the tournament came from sophomore Adam Reed (Barre, Vt.) and senior Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.).  Reed won four out of six matches in the 285-pound weight class, including three by pin, and finished in fifth place. Oliverio also captured four out of six bouts in the 149-pound division, including two by fall, before suffering an injury default and ending up in sixth place.

            Freshman Chris Perrault (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) also had a strong tourney for PSU, winning his first two bouts by fall at 174 pounds and finishing with a 3-2 record.  Three other Panther wrestlers won two matches each before being knocked out of the double-elimination event, including freshman Ian Richeson (Powell, Ohio) at 125 pounds, junior Fred Reisch (Norwalk, Conn.) at 141 pounds, and senior James Matlack (Ewing, N.J.) at 165.

            Also winning one match each for PSU were freshman Caleb Hall (Dixfield, Maine) at 141 pounds, senior Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) at 165, sophomore Taylor Lozier (Barre, Vt.) at 174, and sophomore Tyler Snyder (Elizabethville, Pa.) at 285.

            PSU will be back on the mat for the home opener and the only home match of the first semester on Wednesday, Nov. 28, against Rhode Island College at Foley Gym (7:00 p.m.). 

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