Giffard places for Panthers at 197 pounds
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Noah Giffard (Concord, N.H.) placed at 197 pounds to lead the Plymouth State University wrestling team at the Doug Parker Invitational hosted by Springfield College on Saturday.
Giffard won three bouts, including one by fall, to climb through the consolation bracket before falling in the fifth-place bout. He earns the first tournament place of his career and becomes the first Panther to place at a tournament this season.
Plymouth State finished the day tied for 14th out of 15 teams with 15.5 points. Coast Guard, ranked second in New England in the latest New England Wresting Assocation (NEWA) poll, claimed the top spot with 141.5 points on the day. PSU ended up tied with Johns Hopkins, a half point behind Springfield Technical Community College.
Doug Parker Invitational – T-14th of 15 Teams
How it Happened:
- In just his second career tournament, Giffard recovered from an opening round fall to win three straight bouts in the consolation bracket. He pinned Ryan McCarthey of Bridgewater State in 2:02, the followed with decisions over Olamide Adeyeri of Williams and Dakota Grover of Springfield to advance to the fifth-place bout, where he was nipped in a 2-0 decision by Kayne Robert of Coast Guard.
- Senior Steve Abusheery (North Attleboro, Mass.) went 2-2 on the day, picking up a sudden victory, 13-11 decision and adding an 8-1 decision at 157 pounds.
- Freshman Trevor O'Mara (Litchfield, N.H.) also finished the day at 2-2, posting an impressive technical fall win (16-0) and major decision victory (10-2) while competing at 149 pounds.
- Seven of the Panthers' 10 grapplers walked away with at least one win at the tournament.
- Also competing for PSU were freshman Josh Fernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) at 149 pounds, sophomore Warren Young (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and senior Colby Ferretti (North Scituate, R.I.) at 157 pounds, freshman Colin Mengold (Shelton, Conn.) at 165 pounds, freshman Sal Rinaldi (Concord, N.H.) at 174 pounds, junior Kevin Thomas (Stamford, Conn.) at 184 pounds and freshman Nick Fortunata (Hampstead, N.H.) at heavyweight.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It was a great overall day," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "I was happy to see the hard work pay off for guys like Steve [Abusheery], Kevin [Thomas] and especially Noah [Giffard]. Noah's made the needed adjustments to be successful at the collegiate level. I'm really proud of the way he and the rest of the team wrestled."
- Plymouth State is off next week for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the mat for the Ted Reese Invitational at Southern Maine on Dec. 7.
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