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PSU Wrestlers receive All-New England Honors

Perreault, Welch, Callahan recognized for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University wrestlers have been recognized for their outstanding seasons in 2013-14 with post-season honors from the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA).

            Sophomores Chris Perreault (Saint Johnsbury, Vt.) and Ray Welch (Rochester, N.Y.) received Honorable Mention on the 2013-14 All-NEWA Team, Perreault at 184 pounds and Welch at 157. In addition, PSU freshman Clay Callahan (Milford, Conn./Floran) was the NEWA All-Rookie Team selection at 165 pounds.  The post-season awards are voted on a committee of five NEWA coaches nominated by their peers.

            Perreault finished his second straight outstanding season for the Panthers, capping off a 27-7 record this winter at 184 pounds. He placed in the top three in his weight class in four tournaments, winning the North Atlantic Championships at the University of New Hampshire, finishing runner-up at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College and the Ted Reese Invitational at the University of Southern Maine, and placing third at the Williams College Invitational. Perreault's season came on the heels of a 16-12 freshman season, giving him a career record of 43-19.

            Welch enjoyed an outstanding season in his first year with the Panthers, compiling a 17-6 record at 157 pounds.  He captured the title at the Ted Reese Invitational at the University of Southern Maine, and placed fourth at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College. Welch was PSU's top performer at the NCAA Regional Championships at Wesleyan University, winning two bouts to advance in the consolation bracket, but falling one win shy of earning All-Region honors.

            Callahan enjoyed a strong rookie season for the Panthers, posting a 16-10 overall record in the 165-pound weight class. He captured his bracket at the North Atlantic Championships at the University of New Hampshire and placed fourth at the Ted Reese Invitational at the University of Southern Maine. Callahan posted two wins in the NCAA Regionals between losses to top-seeded wrestlers.

            Perreault, Welch and Callahan were the leaders on a Panther team that finished with a 6-10 overall record in 2013-14 under first-year head coach Ryan Schieding. The Panthers placed 11th at the New England Dual Meet Championships and tied for 16th at the NCAA Northeast Regionals.

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