PSU Wrestling hosts Jim Aguiar Invitational

PSU Wrestling hosts Jim Aguiar Invitational

da Silva named Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning title at 184 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Dylan da Silva (Bayville, N.J.) was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler after securing his second straight tournament victory as the Plymouth State University wrestling team hosted the fourth annual Jim Aguiar Invitational Tournament at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on Saturday.

            da Silva won for the second consecutive weekend, the third title of his career, taking the 184 pound weight class, while senior Matt Froio (Cohasset, Mass.) and freshman Billy Dunn (Sudbury, Mass.) also placed for the Panthers. Froio, also competing at 184 pounds, took third, while Dunn finished fourth at 165 pounds.

            #2 Johnson & Wales University captured the team title with 94 points, with #18 Roger Williams University finishing as the runner-up with 64.5 points. Bridgewater State University (52.5) rounded out the top three. Plymouth State accrued 24.5 points as the Panthers finished seventh among nine teams.


            The Basics:

            Jim Aguiar Invitational – 7th of 9 Teams


            How it Happened:

            * da Silva received a bye into the semifinal round, where he earned a 6-2 win by decision over Froio. He captured the title with a 16-9 decision over Lucas Morse of Castleton University.

            * Froio took third after wrestling a pair of teammates and Chris Clarke of Springfield Technical Community College. He pinned Clarke in his opening bout in 3:55, before falling to da Silva to drop to the consolation bracket.

            * Froio earned a 15-0 technical fall victory over fellow Panther, senior Kevin Thomas (Stamford, Conn.), and ended his day with a rematch against Clarke in the third place match, this time winning by fall in 2:38.

            * Dunn disposed of Mike Clarke of Springfield Tech in a 4-1 decision in his opening match, but had to forfeit his next bout. He rallied with three straight wins to work his way back through the consolation bracket, capturing a 7-3 decision over Hunter Goodrow of Roger Williams, a 13-2 major decision over Justin Garden of Roger Williams, and an 8-7 decision over Bailey O'Brien from Johnson & Wales, before falling to Fox Maxwell of Bridgewater State, 2-1, in the third place match.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Freshman Will Jarvis (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) went 1-2 in the 125 pound bracket, picking up a pin over Shawn Farrell of Bridgewater State in 5:53.

            * Senior Colby Ferretti (Glocester, R.I.) also went 1-2 on the day, winning by fall against Ali Zebain of Springfield Tech in 6:18 at 157 pounds.

            * Sophomore Derek Sardella (Billerica, Mass.) also went 1-2, wrestling at 174 pounds. His win, an 8-3 decision, came against Frank Soucy of MIT.

            * Also wrestling for the Panthers were junior Steve Abusheery (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Thomas.

            * The tournament was named for longtime PSU wrestling coach Jim Aguiar starting in 2016. Aguiar, who led the Panthers from 1974-85 and also served as an assistant coach from 2009-15, holds the program record with 109 career dual meet victories.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Today was a great day of wrestling dedicated to a great man … Jim Aguiar," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "Our guys are looking to go out and compete every weekend. We continuously look to improve and prepare ourselves to peak going into regionals."


            Up Next:

            * PSU heads to Johnson & Wales University a week from Sunday (Jan. 20) for the annual New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Dual Championships.


da Silva accepts his Most Outstanding Wrestler plaque from Martha Aguiar




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