Giffard records first career win, pin in loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Noah Giffard (Concord, N.H.) earned his first career win, but Plymouth State University came up short at New England College, 35-13, in a non-conference wrestling dual meet at Bridges Gym on Saturday evening.
Giffard earned a win by fall at 197 pounds to claim his first collegiate win and pin, while senior Steve Abusheery (North Attleboro, Mass.) and junior Derek Sardella (Billerica, Mass.) also earned wins for the Panthers.
Plymouth State drops to 0-3 on the season, while NEC improves to 2-1.
Plymouth State 13, NEC 35
Plymouth State (0-3)
How it Happened:
- Plymouth State got off to a slow start, dropping the first five bouts to fall behind 26-0.
- Abusheery earned a major decision victory by a 14-5 score at 165 pounds to get the Panthers on the board, and Sardella followed with a 6-4 decision at 174 pounds to cut the deficit to 26-7.
- After NEC picked up a win by fall at 184, Giffard earned his first career pin at 197 to make it 32-13.
- Freshman Nick Fortunata (Hampstead, N.H.) put up a battle at heavyweight, but succumbed to his opponent in a 3-2 sudden victory battle.
Inside the Numbers:
- Sophomore Will Jarvis (Toms River, N.J.) fell at 125 pounds to Diego Santiago, who was ranked first in the weight class in the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) preseason individual rankings.
- The Pilgrims had two other grapplers in the NEWA preseason rankings earn wins; Chris DeRosa over freshman Angelo Folino (New Hartford, Conn.) at 133 pounds, and Malik Settles over junior Kevin Thomas (Stamford, Conn.) at 184 pounds.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Another great effort today," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "Guys are getting better each and every day. It was great to see Steve [Abusheery] grit out a great win and Derek [Sardella] had an excellent showing as well. Noah [Giffard] came up huge with a pin and it was awesome to watch Nick [Fortunata] go to war as 285 was an absolute battle."
- PSU heads to Roger Williams next weekend for the Roger Williams Invitational. The Panthers will open the weekend with bouts on Friday (Nov. 15) at 2:00 p.m., and wrap up the tournament on Saturday (Nov. 16).
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