Simeti goes 3-0; Montgomery, Diaz perform well against region's best
CASTLETON, Vt. – Senior Nick Simeti (Pearl River, N.Y.) won all three of his bouts at the 157-pound weight class as the Plymouth State University wrestling team took on three of New England's top programs at the Castleton University Quad Match at Glenbrook Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Panthers squared off against Johnson & Wales University, host Castleton, and Springfield College with all three being ranked in the top eight in the latest New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) poll. Johnson & Wales, also ranked fourth in the nation, is currently the top team in the NEWA rankings, with Castleton and Springfield holding the #5 and #8 spots, respectively.
PSU opened up with the nationally-ranked Wildcats, who featured regionally-ranked wrestlers in eight of the ten weight classes. Simeti, fifth in the NEWA individual rankings at 157-pounds, secured the Panthers' only points of the match after coming away with a 7-2 major decision victory over fourth-ranked Brady Robin. Senior Justin Montgomery (Natick, Mass.) put up a good fight with top-ranked Khamri Thomas, falling by a 7-3 decision at 184-pounds. The Wildcats proved to be deserving of their national ranking, earning four wins by fall, two wins by technical fall and one by major decision on the way to securing the 47-3 victory.
The Panther schedule didn't get much easier from there as host Castleton featured five regionally ranked individuals. Simeti was the top Panther performer again, posting the team's only win by fall with a pin over Cameron Milliken in 2:59. Senior Moises Diaz (Manchester, N.H.) earned three points for PSU with a 6-5 decision over Peter Leite at 165-pounds, but the Panthers had a point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct to account for the 44-8 final score. Montgomery again battled, this time falling 3-1 in the first sudden-victory period.
PSU closed the day with a 38-6 setback to Springfield. Simeti earned a win by decision (5-1) and Montgomery added an 11-9 overtime decision to account for Plymouth's six points.
The Panthers are back on the mat next Saturday (Feb. 10) for a Senior Day dual meet with Western New England University. The first bout is set to start at 1:00 p.m.
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