Folino places third at 141
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Freshman Angelo Folino (New Hartford, Conn.) placed for the first time in his collegiate career finishing third at 141 pounds to lead the Plymouth State University wrestling team at the Williams Open hosted by Williams College on Sunday.
Folino went 5-1 on the day with three wins coming by fall. His third place finish is the highest individual tournament finish for any Panther grappler this season. Freshman Caiden Skakalski (Cornish, N.H.) won a pair of bouts, while classmate Tyler O'Mara (Litchfield, N.H.) earned a major decision win over a regionally-ranked opponent in his opening bout before suffering an injury.
The event included wrestlers from seven colleges and seven junior college or club programs, though no team scores were calculated.
Williams Open – No Team Scoring
How it Happened:
- Folino opened his day with a quick pin of Ryan Mayo of Cortland State in just 19 seconds, before suffering a loss by fall to Western New England's Justin DeLucia.
- He cruised through the consolation bracket with two more pins and advanced to take third place with wins by medical forfeit.
- Also wrestling at 141 pounds, O'Mara opened his afternoon with an impressive 20-7 major decision win over Cqari Bacote of Castleton. Bacote is ranked fifth in New England in the weight class in the most recent New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) individual rankings.
- O'Mara suffered an injury early in his next bout and was forced to injury default his remaining bouts.
- Skakalski rounded out a strong showing for the Panthers at 141 pounds with a 2-2 record. He picked up a strong 15-0 technical fall victory to start the day, before losing by fall to East Stroudsburg's Matt Rosa.
- Skakalski rebounded with a quick pin of Mayo in 37 seconds, but his afternoon ended when Castleton's Antonio Pallaria pinned him in his next bout.
- Freshmen Josh Fernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) and Nick Fortunata (Hampstead, N.H.) and senior Colby Ferretti (North Scituate, R.I.) also picked up wins on the day.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"The team wrestled well after a short week of practice following the holiday break," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "I saw consistent improvement from many of the guys, with a few earning their first wins. Congratulations to Angelo [Folino] for placing in his first college tournament and an outstanding performance by Tyler [O'Mara] for beating a regionally ranked opponent. We are looking forward to the second half of the year and the positive direction this team is headed."
- Plymouth State hosts the annual Jim Aguiar Invitational at the Bank of New Hampshire Field House at ALLWell North on Saturday (Jan. 11), with bouts starting at 9:30 a.m. The tournament is named in honor of the former longtime coach who led the Panthers from 1974-85 and served as an assistant from 2009-15.
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