da Silva places fourth at 187 pounds for Panthers
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore Dylan da Silva (Bayville, N.J.) advanced to the semifinal round of the 184-pound weight class to finish fourth as the Plymouth State University wrestling team competed at the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College on Saturday.
da Silva was the lone Panther to place, while junior Steve Abusheery (North Attleboro, Mass.) also won twice for PSU.
Plymouth State earned 21 points to finish 16th. Host Springfield College captured the team championship with 111.5 points.
Doug Parker Invitational – 16th of 17 Teams
How it Happened:
* Wrestling at 184-pounds, da Silva opened the day with an impressive win by fall over Southern Maine's Sam Strozier in just 1:15. He advanced to the semifinals with a decisive major decision victory, 14-2, before he was forced to medically forfeit his last two bouts.
* Abusheery earned a pin of Rhode Island College's Devante Rogers early in the third period. Following a loss to Wesleyan's Shane Ross, ranked fifth in the class in the most recent NEWA poll, Abusheery advanced to the consolation round of eight before coming out on the short end of a 5-3 decision.
* Senior Colby Ferretti (Glocester, R.I.) posted an 11-4 win by decision in his first bout at 149-pounds before dropping his next two bouts.
* Sophomore Ben Potts (Hyannisport, Mass.) also earned a win for the Panthers. He rebounded from a first round loss by technical fall to pick up a pin over Jason Alves of Western New England late in the second period.
Inside the Numbers:
* Freshmen Will Jarvis (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.), Warren Young (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and Kyllian Twiss (Peabody, Mass.) and sophomore Derek Sardella (Billerica, Mass.) also wrestled for the Panthers.
* Young, wrestling at 165-pounds, faced the #5 wrestler in New England, while Sardella squared off against the #7 grappler at 184-pounds.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Overall I was very pleased with the way we wrestled," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "Steve [Abusheery] and Colby [Ferretti] started our day off on the right foot, and Dylan [da Silva] had strong performances too. We are a young team and are learning from each and every match. Even the guys that went 0-2 wrestled well. We are looking to continue to work hard and improve."
* Plymouth State heads to Southern Maine for the Ted Reese Invitational on Dec. 1. The first bouts begin at 10:00 a.m.
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