Da Silva places for Panthers at 184
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team earned a 13th place finish at the annual Doug Parker Invitational at the Springfield College Field House on Saturday.
Freshman Dylan Da Silva (Bayville, N.J.) was the team's top performer, earning a fifth place finish at 184 pounds.
Wesleyan took home the title with 125 points, followed by Southern Maine (116), Springfield College (106), Coast Guard (104.5) and Centenary (99) filling out the top five. The Panthers earned 35 points to finish just behind NCAA Division II American International College (39.5) and ahead of Trinity College (34).
Da Silva opened the tournament with a pin of Springfield College sophomore Ryan Errico (Winchester, Mass.) at 1:47, then earned an 18-7 major decision over senior Paul Rallis (Ringoes, N.J.) of NCAA D-II East Stroudsburg University. He came out on the short end of a 10-4 decision against Western New England sophomore John Boyle (Rowley, Mass.) in the quarterfinal round.
Da Silva came through the consolation bracket with three straight wins to earn the fifth place finish. He started with a 17-6 major decision over junior Josh Nelson (Bristol, Conn.) of Western New England before topping teammate Justin Montgomery (Natick, Mass.) in the consolation semifinals. Da Silva closed the day with a win over Wesleyan University freshman Simon Chee (Flushing, N.Y.) by a 13-6 decision. Montgomery won four bouts before the loss to Da Silva.
Senior Nick Simeti (Pearl River, N.Y.) won three times at 157-pounds. He opened the day with a pin of DJ Tartsinis (Colchester, Conn.) of Western New England, then earned a 9-8 decision over junior Grant Sorensen (Moore, Okla.) of Trinity. Simeti added a 23-8 technical fall win, before suffering a narrow 3-2 decision in the quarterfinal round. In the consolation bracket, Simeti earned a win by fall before suffering a 4-2 decision in the semifinal.
Junior Matt Froio (Cohasset, Mass.), senior Trevor Wassell (Walpole, Mass.) and freshmen Ben Potts (Barnstable, Mass.) and Antonio Difronzo (Melrose, Mass.) each won twice for PSU; Potts at 157, Froio at 165 and Difronzo and Wassell at 197.
Plymouth State will next compete at the Ted Reese Invitational at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Dec. 2. The first bouts are set to begin at 10:00 a.m.
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