da Silva leads Panthers in Bergeron's debut
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Dylan da Silva (Bayville, N.J.) earned a convincing technical fall victory at 184 pounds, but Plymouth State University fell to New England College, 30-17, in a wrestling dual meet at Bank of New Hampshire Field House in ALLWell North on Monday night.
The meet marked the first for head coach Eric Bergeron, who took over the program in late August.
NEC jumped out to a 17-0 lead as the Panthers were forced to forfeit at 133 pounds and 141 pounds. Plymouth State pulled to within 24-17 heading into the heavyweight bout, but Pilgrims' freshman Andrew Desmarais (Dracut, Mass.) won by fall to wrap up the victory.
Plymouth State drops to 0-1, while NEC improves to 1-1.
Plymouth State 17, New England College 30
Plymouth State 0-1
New England College 1-1
How it Happened:
* Sophomore Diego Santiago (Easton, Pa.) got the Pilgrims off to a good start with a technical fall win (19-4) at 125 pounds.
* The Panthers had to forfeit at 133 pounds and 141 pounds as NEC extended the lead to 17-0.
* PSU junior Steve Abusheery (North Attleboro, Mass.) cut into the deficit with an injury default win at 149 pounds. Sophomore Najee Hall (Uniondale, N.Y.) was forced to retire early in the first period.
* Plymouth State crept closer as freshman Billy Dunn (Sudbury, Mass.) snuck out a 4-3 decision at 157 pounds to cut the margin to 17-9, but NEC answered with a major decision (14-6) win at 165 pounds and a narrow 4-3 decision at 174 pounds to extend the margin to 24-9.
* da Silva needed a period and a half to earn his technical fall win and sophomore Derek Sardella (Billerica, Mass.) added a 4-1 decision at 197 pounds as the Panthers moved to within 24-17.
* Desmarais wrapped up the meet with a win by fall 1:06 into the heavyweight bout.
Inside the Numbers:
* Froio put up a great battle against Settles, who entered the meet as the top-ranked grappler in New England at 174 pounds.
* da Silva improved his career mark to 12-2 and began the night seventh in New England.
* Hall was ranked fifth in New England before serious cramping caused him to retire early against Abusheery.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We looked a little nervous in our first meet of the year, but we did see a lot of good things tonight," said Bergeron. "We just have to polish up the little things that kept us out of the win column."
* Both teams head to Springfield College on Saturday (Nov. 17) to compete in the Doug Parker Invitational.
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