Aumann, Simeti still in contention for Panthers
BRISTOL, R.I. – Two Plymouth State University wrestlers are still in contention after day one of the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships hosted by Roger Williams University.
Sophomore Joe Aumann (Hopatcong, N.J.) and junior Nick Simeti (Pearl River, N.Y.) have both advanced to Sunday's rounds in their respective weight classes. Aumann, wrestling at 125 pounds, split his first two bouts before winning a consolation round match, while Simeti dropped his first bout before winning three straight consolation matches by pin at 157 pounds.
Aumann has been the Panthers' best wrestler all season, leading the team with 23 wins entering the weekend. He will enter Sunday's rounds with a season-mark of 25-8. Simeti brings an 18-18 record into day two of competition.
Plymouth State finished the first day of competition in 14th place among 19 teams with 18.5 points. The field, which includes five of the top 15 teams in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III poll, is currently led by #3 Johnson & Wales University with 89.0 points. #4 Ithaca College (78.5) and #7 Roger Williams University (61.5) round out the top three.
NCAA Division III Wrestling
NCAA Northeast Regional, Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I. – Day One
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
TEAM STANDINGS – After Day 1
#3 Johnson & Wales (89.0), #4 Ithaca (78.5), #7 Roger Williams (61.5), #15 SUNY Cortland (52.0), Wesleyan (47), SUNY Oneonta (42.0), Worcester Polytechnic (41.5), Springfield (38.5), #14 Coast Guard (38.0), Williams (34.0), Southern Maine (31.5), Norwich (24.5), Castleton (24.0), Plymouth State (18.5), Rhode Island (16.5), Trinity (13.0), Bridgewater State (7.5), New England Coll. (5.0), Western New England Univ. (0.5)
* Aumann opened the tournament with a technical fall victory of Cole Nickerson of Norwich, before falling to Southern Maine's Peter Del Gallo by a 5-1 decision. After moving to the consolation bracket Aumann defeated Amir Daouk of Wesleyan by a 5-1 decision. With three more wins Aumann can earn a third place finish and one more win will guarantee a top-six finish.
* Simeti lost his opening bout to Roger Williams' Ty Herzog in a major decision (19-8), but rebounded nicely earning consecutive pins over Austin Roche (Western New England), Pat Kelly (New England College) and Ben Brisman (Ithaca). Like Aumann, one more win will assure Simeti of at least a sixth-place finish and three more victories will leave him in third place.
* Sophomore Matt Froio (Cohasset, Mass.) won twice at 165 pounds before suffering his second defeat. Froio lost a tight bout with Jared Costa of Castleton by a 3-2 decision before posting back-to-back wins over David Goodall of Western New England (3-0 decision) and Nolan Cornu of Trinity in a 2-1 tiebreaker.
* Senior Chris Perreault (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), junior Trevor Wassell (Walpole, Mass.) and freshman Eddie Bello (West Hartford, Conn.) all won once on Saturday. Perreault improved his season mark to 21-5 after an 8-6 decision over Norwich's Joseph Hennessey at 184 pounds, but followed with consecutive losses. He ends his career with a 92-35 career record.
* Wassell, wrestling at 197 pounds, opened the tournament with a technical fall defeat to Carlos Toribio of Ithaca, currently ranked #4 in the country. After posting a 13-9 decision over Javante Johnson of RIC, Wassell was eliminated by Cortland's Nick Bellanza.
* Bello started well with a 9-4 decision over Tyler Gazaway of Roger Williams in the 149 pound bracket, but lost his next two bouts.
* Also wrestling for the Panthers were sophomore Adam Correia (Hopkinton, Mass.) at 133 pounds, freshman Tom Pagliarulo (Haverhill, Mass.) at 141 pounds, junior Justin Montgomery (Natick, Mass.) at 174 pounds and senior Alex Cesare (Bohemia, N.Y.) at 285 pounds.
* Plymouth State will compete in day two of the tournament on Sunday. The top three place-finishers in each weight class will move on to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships March 10-11 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Caroline Assumma, Roger Williams Sports Information.
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