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PSU Wrestling ties for 16th place at NCAA Regionals

Welch is final Panther to be eliminated

            MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team finished in a tie for 16th place Sunday on the final day of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Northeast Regional Championships at Wesleyan University's Bacon Field House.

            The Panthers and the State University of New York at Oswego both scored 14 points in the tournament to share 16th place, one point back of Bridgewater State University (15) among the 18 schools. The State University of New York at Cortland came from behind to capture the team title with 128 points, edging runner-up Ithaca College (126) by just two points. Johnson and Wales University (105.5) placed third and was the top New England school.

            The lone Panthers wrestler to advance to Sunday's rounds was sophomore Ray Welch (Rochester, N.Y.), the sixth seed in the 157-pound bracket. Welch won two of his three bouts Saturday to advance in the consolation bracket, but was eliminated in his first match Sunday, falling one win shy of earning All-Region honors. Well fell Sunday at the hands of Michael Palomba of the Coast Guard Academy, 8-5, to finish his season with a 17-6 season record.

            After a winless season in 2012-13, PSU finished with a 6-10 dual meet record this season under first-year head coach Ryan Schieding. Prospects are bright for the future as the Panther starting line-up at the NCAA Regionals included two juniors, two sophomores, three freshman and just two seniors.           

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