O'Mara brothers, Fernandez solid on day one
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshmen Trevor O'Mara (Litchfield, N.H.), Tyler O'Mara (Litchfield, N.H.) and Josh Fernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) all advanced to the championship bracket round of 16 in their respective weight classes as the Plymouth State University wrestling team opened day one of the Roger Williams University Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Freshman Colin Mengold (Shelton, Conn.) also moved to the championship bracket round of 16 with a narrow decision at 165 pounds, while junior Kevin Thomas (Stamford, Conn.) and freshman Christian Kuechler (Chester, N.H.) will begin wrestling in the same round at 184 pounds and 197 pounds respectively after receiving opening day byes.
The Panthers end day one 15th out of 17 teams among a field that includes nationally-ranked College of New Jersey and regional powers Johnson & Wales, Roger Williams, Castleton and Southern Maine.
Roger Williams Invitational – 15th of 17 Teams (Day One)
How it Happened:
- Trevor O'Mara posted an 8-3 win by decision in his opening round before pinning Dustin Harris of Cortland State in 5:20 to advance to the championship round of 16 at 149 pounds.
- Fernandez received a first round bye before easily handling Vincent Corradetti of Norwich by technical fall, 19-4, at the same weight.
- Wrestling at 141, Tyler O'Mara pulled out a gutsy 12-9 decision to advance.
- Mengold, at 165 pounds, battled to a 3-1 SV decision, while Thomas (184) and Kuechler (197) each received byes into the round of 16.
- Junior Derek Sardella (Billerica, Mass.) suffered an early fall in his opening bout, but rebounded nicely in the consolation bracket with a pin in 59 seconds.
- Also moving on to day two for the Panthers was freshman Noah Giffard (Concord, N.H.). Giffard faced off against top-seeded Mitch LaFlam of Castleton in his opening bout at 197 pounds, but lost by fall in 6:08. He will compete in the consolation bracket on Saturday.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"Overall it was a great day," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "We saw a lot of our younger guys go out and get their first wins. We continue to get better each and every week. We are a very young squad, so the more mat time the better."
- A number of Panthers are back in action for day two of the Roger Williams Invitational tomorrow (Nov. 16) starting at 8:00 a.m.
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