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Wheeler leads PSU Wrestlers at NCAA Regionals

Panthers senior still alive at 157 pounds after first day

            WORCESTER, Mass. – One Plymouth State University wrestler is still alive through Saturday's rounds at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Northeast Regional Championships at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Sports and Recreation Center.

     
  Wheeler 
   

            Senior Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) has won two out of his three bouts for PSU in the 157-pound weight class, and is still wrestling heading into Sunday's rounds of the double-elimination event.  Wheeler opened the competition with a 9-4 decision over Rhode Island College's Ryan Rheaume but went down to defeat in his next bout to Daniel Graff of Oneonta State, 4-3.  Wheeler came back to post a 7-2 decision over Bridgewater State University's Sean Fields to stay alive in the back draw.

            PSU freshman Chris Perrault (Saint Johnsbury, Vt.) made a solid showing for the Panthers in the 184-pound weight class. After a loss to Springfield College's Nick Camera in the first round, Perrault registered wins in the back draw over Mike Frizinia of Western New England University(16-3) and Chris Schenk of Norwich University (7-4).  Perrault was eliminated with a consolation-round defeat to Gregory Duvall of Oneonta State, 11-3.

            Sophomore Fred Reisch (Norwalk, Conn.) won a match at 133 pounds before being eliminated with his second loss.  The remainder of the Panther wrestlers were knocked out with consecutive losses.

            The wrestlers are competing for spots in the NCAA Division III National Championships on Mar. 15-16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The top three placers in each of the 10 weight classes this weekend will automatically advance to the NCAA national championships. With the individual qualifiers being the primary goal of the meet, no team scores will be kept.

            The action continues Sunday with rounds starting at 10:00 a.m. and the championship rounds slated for 2:30 p.m. 

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