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February 3, 2013

PSU Wrestling falls to Southern Maine and WPI

Wheeler, Matlack win twice each for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team suffered a pair of losses Sunday afternoon in a tri-meet at Foley Gymnasium, falling to the University of Southern Maine, 27-19, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 34-11.

            PSU rallied from an 18-0 deficit against Southern Maine, pulling to within two points, 21-19, heading into the final bout.  PSU was leading the 184-pound match until freshman Anthony Pistone (Farmingville, N.Y.) turned the tables and won by fall to give USM the team win, 27-19.

            Seniors Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and James Matlack (Ewing, N.J.) each won both their bouts to lead the Panthers.  Wheeler, ranked #2 in New England at 157 pounds, posted a 9-1 win over USM's Logan Russell, who is ranked sixth in New England, and added a win by fall against WPI to improve his season record to 13-1.  Matlack recorded a pair of decisions at 165 pounds to up his season mark to 12-5.

            Freshman Caleb Hall (Dixfield, Maine) also earned a victory by pinning his Southern Maine opponent at 141 pounds.  Junior Travis Brooks (Beachwood, N.J.) split his two bouts at 174 pounds, and freshman Chris Perrault (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) also split two matches, winning against WPI at 184.

            The Panthers are home against next Saturday on Senior Day, hosting a quad meet at 11:00 a.m. against Springfield College, Johnson & Wales University, and Trinity College. 

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