Montgomery places fifth at 184-pounds to lead Panthers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Justin Montgomery (Natick, Mass.) won four bouts at the 184-pound weight class on his way to a fifth place finish as the Plymouth State University wrestling team competed at the Wildcat Open, sponsored by USC, on Saturday.
The tournament was an individual event featuring 148 wrestlers from over 15 different universities and organizations, though there was no team scoring.
Montgomery was the top performer for Plymouth State. Although he opened the day with a loss by decision (7-1) to unattached Mark Boyle, Montgomery came through the consolation bracket to win three straight matches.
His run started with a dominant win by fall against Jake Kennedy of Springfield College. Montgomery needed just 32 seconds to earn the pin, then followed with a 20-5 technical fall victory over Castleton University's Robbie Simon.
A narrow 6-5 decision over Tanner Kelly of Johnson & Wales University set up Montgomery for a rematch with Boyle in the consolation semifinals, but Boyle again pulled out a win by decision, this time 12-6, before Montgomery was awarded a fifth place match victory by medical forfeit.
Junior Kevin Ell (Derry, N.H.) was the Panthers' other key performer. Ell won three bouts at 285-pounds before losing one round shy of the fifth place match. Ell lost in a narrow 6-5 decision to Trinity College's Mason Sangillo in the opening round, before earning three straight wins.
He bested Edmund Pierce of Johnson & Wales by major decision (9-0), then topped a pair of Castleton grapplers by decision, beating Thomas Long by a 3-2 margin before handling David Wingate, 4-1, before losing by fall.
Also securing wins on the day were senior Nick Simeti (Pearl River, N.Y.), junior Matt Froio (Cohasset, Mass.) and sophomores Eddie Bello (West Hartford, Conn.) and Steve Abusherry (North Attleboro, Mass.).
The Panthers will travel to Castleton on Saturday for a tri-meet with Springfield College and Johnson & Wales starting at noon.
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