O'Mara & Giffard win, Thomas & Rodriguez also place
DURHAM, N.H. – Freshmen Trevor O'Mara (Litchfield, N.H.) and Noah Giffard (Concord, N.H.) each went undefeated to win their weight classes, while junior Kevin Thomas (Stamford, Conn.) and freshman Nahuel Rodriguez (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) also placed as the Plymouth State University wrestling team took third at the Henry Marsh Invitational at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday.
O'Mara went 3-0 to win 149 pounds, while Giffard was 3-0 to claim the title at 197 pounds. Thomas split his two bouts to place third at 184 and Rodriguez was 2-2 to place fourth at 133 pounds.
Plymouth State finished third out of 16 teams, trailing just Roger Williams and Springfield Technical.
Henry Marsh Invitational – 3rd of 16 Teams
How it Happened:
- O'Mara was dominant at 149 pounds, winning by technical fall (19-1) in his opening bout before recording pins in his next two to win the weight class.
- It took Giffard just 18 seconds to pin his first opponent. He added a win by decision and a sudden victory win to claim the title at 197 pounds.
- Thomas split a pair of decisions on his way to a third-place finish at 184, while Rodriguez went 2-2 to take fourth at 133.
- Freshman Christian Kuechler (Chester, N.H.) went 3-2, winning all three by fall, while wrestling at 197.
- Freshmen Caiden Skakalski (Cornish, N.H.), Angelo Folino (New Hartford, Conn.) and Josh Fernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) each went 2-2 in their respective weight classes.
- Seniors Steve Abusheery (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Colby Ferretti (North Scituate, R.I.) and freshman Nick Fortunata (Hampstead, N.H.) also competed for the Panthers.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"It was a great day," said head coach Eric Bergeron. "A lot of guys are making the right moves in order to get ready for regionals. This program has a ton of potential and I'm looking forward to regionals and the future."
- Plymouth State is off for two weeks before competing at the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional Championship on Feb. 29 and Mar. 1 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
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