Callahan and Aumann win twice each for Panthers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Two wrestlers are still competing for the Plymouth State University wrestling team after the first day of competition at the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships, hosted by Springfield College.
Junior Clay Callahan (Milford, Conn.) and freshman Joey Aumann (Hopatcong, N.J.) have advanced to Sunday's semifinal rounds, Callahan at 165 pounds and Aumann at 125 pounds. Both Panthers dropped their opening match of the tournament, but came back with a pair of consolation round victories to remain in contention.
Callahan will take a 13-8 season record into Sunday's competition, while Aumann brings a 19-10 mark into the second day.
Three other Panthers won a consolation round bout before being eliminated – sophomore Nick Simeti (Pearl River, N.Y.) at 149 pounds, freshman Matt Froio (Cohasset, Mass.) at 174, and sophomore Justin Montgomery (Natick, Mass.) at 184.
Also representing Plymouth State in the tournament were freshman Adam Correia (Hopkinton, Mass.) at 133 pounds, freshman Zack Cassidy (Griswold, Conn.) at 141, freshman Bruce McLee (Washingtonville, N.Y.) at 197, and junior Alex Cesare (Bohemia, N.Y.) at 285.
The Panthers are tied for 15th in the team standings through two rounds in the main bracket and the consolation rounds. Roger Williams University leads the 18-team event with 72 points, with Ithaca College (70.5) and SUNY-Cortland (63.5) rounding out the top three. PSU is tied with Trinity College (Conn.) with 11.5 points, trailing 14th-place Western New England University (15) and ahead of Daniel Webster College (6) and Bridgewater State University (5.5).
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