Simeti joins Panthers' staff as assistant for 2018-19
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team has filled out its coaching staff for the 2018-19 season, as head coach Eric Bergeron announced the hiring of former Panther grappler Nick Simeti as assistant coach.
Simeti, a 2018 graduate of PSU, enjoyed a strong senior year last winter. Wrestling at 157 pounds, he posted a record of 24-10, including 11 wins by fall, to lead the Panthers. He placed twice, taking sixth at the annual Ted Reese Invitational at the University of Southern Maine and was the runner up at the Williams Open.
"Nick is extremely driven and hardworking and is going to be a great addition to this coaching staff," said Bergeron. "He was a great leader when he wrestled and I will look for that same work ethic and mentality out of him as a coach. Nick knows what it takes to be successful on and off the mat and will be a role model for our younger student-athletes."
"I am very excited to join the coaching staff," said Simeti. "Over the years I have developed such a passion for wrestling. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue with the sport. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Bergeron. He is bringing a lot of change to the program and I couldn't be happier to be a part of that."
Another former Panther, James Matlack, and Tim Smith round out the staff. Matlack, entering his sixth season, posted a 38-29 career record at PSU. Competing at 165 pounds, he reached All-New England status in 2012 after a fifth place finish at the annual New England championships.
Smith, starting his fifth year with the team, wrestled for four years at NCAA Division I Brown University. Upon graduating he spent two years as an assistant at his alma mater, Aptos (Calif.) High School, before moving to New Hampshire.
Plymouth State opens the 2018-19 season on Monday, Nov. 12, against New England College at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North. The dual meet kicks off at 6:00 p.m.
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