Simeti wins twice, Panther comeback against RIC falls short
GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University wrestling team lost a pair of dual meets at the Costello Sports Complex on Saturday, falling to Rhode Island College, 24-19, in the opener before dropping a 45-3 result to host University of Southern Maine.
PSU drops to 2-2 in dual meets, with RIC moving to 1-2 and USM staying perfect at 3-0.
Senior Nick Simeti (Pearl River, N.Y.) was impressive once again, earning a win by fall just 23 seconds into his bout with freshman James Smith (Belle Mead, N.J.) in the opening match against RIC. Simeti was also responsible for PSU's three points against Southern Maine as he posted a 6-3 decision over freshman Juan Vernaza (Miramar, Fla.).
PSU quickly fell behind Rhode Island, 15-0, in the team's first bout. The Panthers rallied with 12 straight points to cut the margin to 15-12. Freshman Stephen Hopkins (Swampscott, Mass.) got the comeback started with a 12-6 decision at 149-pounds, followed by Simeti's quick pin at 157-pounds. Junior Matt Froio (Cohasset, Mass.) held on for a narrow 2-1 decision to bring the Panthers to within three points.
The Anchormen won by decision at 174-pounds, and freshman Dylan Da Silva (Bayville, N.J.) was forced to retire due to injury as RIC pulled ahead 24-12. PSU got a major decision (13-1) win at 197-pounds from freshman Antonio Difronzo (Melrose, Mass.) and a 5-2 decision win at heavyweight from senior Trevor Wassell (Walpole, Mass.), but needed two wins by pin to even the score.
Simeti was the lone winner against Southern Maine, the sixth ranked team in the latest New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) poll.
PSU will be off for four weeks to prepare for exams and enjoy the holiday. The Panthers will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 6 when they travel to Williamstown, Mass., to compete in the Williams Open.
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