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January 26, 2014

PSU Wrestlers place 11th at New England Dual Meet Championships

Perreault goes 4-0 to earn All-Tournament Team honors for Panthers

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Sophomore Chris Perreault (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) won four straight matches Sunday afternoon, all by fall, earning All-Tournament Team honors and leading the Plymouth State University wrestling team to an 11th-place finish at the Headlock for Hunger New England Dual Meet Wrestling Championships, hosted by Bridgewater State University.

            The Panthers, seeded 12th in the 14-team championships, posted a 2-2 record on the day, improving to 5-6 on the season. PSU was defeated by fifth-seeded Williams College in the first match of the day, 32-18, but came back with a 21-20 triumph over 13th-seeded Western New England University in the first consolation bout. The Panthers then fell to ninth-seeded Norwich University, 36-9, and rounded out the day with a 24-21 victory over 14th-seeded Trinity College.

            Third-seeded Roger Williams University defeated top-seeded Springfield College, 28-12, to capture the team championship, with #2-seed Johnson & Wales University defeating #4-seed Rhode Island College, 23-15, in the third-place match.

            Perreault, who is ranked fourth in New England at 184 pounds, won bouts by fall at 184 against Williams and at 197 versus Western New England. He came back with two more wins by fall at 184 against Norwich and Trinity. Perreault is now 20-3 this season with 12 pins, leading the team in victories and pins.

            Freshman Clay Callahan (Milford, Conn.) had a strong day for the Panthers, posting a 3-1 record at 165 pounds. He won a decision against a Williams wrestler, won by forfeit over WNE, and won by fall against Trinity College. Callahan in now 10-6 on the season.

            Other winners for PSU include junior Josh Thornton (Rumford, Maine) and freshman Moises Diaz (Nashua, N.H.), who each captured a bout at 174 pounds; senior Fred Reisch (Norwalk, Conn.), who went 1-1 at 141 pounds; and junior Alex Gerhold (Derry, N.H.), who was 1-2 at 149.

            PSU will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 1, with a double-dual meet at Southern Maine with WPI.

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