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November 23, 2013

PSU Wrestling finish 9th of 17 teams at Springfield Tournament

Perrault, Welch, Kiriga are place-winners for Panthers

            SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team placed ninth out of 17 teams Saturday afternoon at the annual Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield College.

            Host Springfield captured the event, scoring 142 points over the 10 weight classes. Roger Williams placed second with 127.5 points and Stevens Tech (N.J.) was third with 119.  PSU was ninth with 59.5 points, just behind Coast Guard (61) and just ahead of Western New England (52).

            The Panthers had three place-winners in the event, with each placing among the top six in their weight class.  Sophomore Chris Perreault (Saint Johnsbury, Vt.) was runner-up at 184 pounds, sophomore Ray Welch (Rochester, N.Y.) placed fourth in the 157-pound bracket, and freshman Kenny Kiriga (Nashua, N.H./South) took fifth place in the 125-pound division.

            Perrault received a first-round bye, won by fall in his second bout, and won by injury default to advance to the semifinals.  He knocked off David Welch of Roger Williams University, who is ranked No.l 1 in New England, in the semifinals, 5-2, but was denied the title with an 8-5 decision to Luke DeLuise of East Stroundsburg in the final. It was Perrault's first loss of the season as he falls to 7-1.

            Welch had to wrestle seven matches to earn his fourth place at 157. He won his first two bouts before his first loss, and then captured three more matches in the back draw before a loss to Springfield's Eric Hamrick in the third/fourth place match. Welch is now 8-2 on the season.

            Kiriga, making his first appearance of the season and his collegiate career, posted a 4-2 record to place fifth at 125 pounds.  He was defeated in his first match of the day, but rebounded with three straight wins in the backdraw.  After his second defeat, Kiriga received a medical forfeit victory in the fifth/sixth place match.

            Senior Fred Reisch (Norwalk, Conn.) also won his first two matches for PSU at 141 pounds but was eliminated after dropping his next two.  Freshman Chad Brouillet (Bennington, N.H.) collected two wins at 174 before being eliminated.

            PSU will be back on the mats on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Ted Reese Invitational, hosted by the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine.

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