PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The beginning of the Plymouth State College wrestling season may have been delayed a week due to snow, but the campaign got off to a strong start last Saturday at the annual Doug Parker Invitational, hosted by Springfield College.
The Panthers, who were unable to travel to Binghamton, NY, on Nov. 15th due to the weather conditions, finally hit the mats at Springfield, and brought home a third-place finish among the 16 competing schools. Host Springfield placed first with 153.5 points, followed by Norwich with 118.5, PSC with 85.5, and SUNY-Oswego with 84.5.
“That’s the best wrestling we’ve done in a long time,” said PSC third-year head coach Dave Carlson. “We’re trying to peak at the end of the year, but that’s a pretty good starting point. We just want to build from here. The level of wrestling in our room has greatly improved.”
Four of the Panther wrestlers finished among the top four in their respective weight classes – seniors Brian Borkowski (Sabattus, ME) and Dave Lucia (Billerica, MA) and juniors Ryan Carr (Salem, NH) and Russ Pamulak (Indianola, IA).
Borkowski, a returning NCAA Tournament participant, captured the individual title at 167 pounds, defeating Springfield’s John Roden in the finals, 12-6. Borkowski, who captured the title at 158 in last year’s tournament, is ranked No. 1 in New England at 158.
Lucia finished runnner-up in the heavyweight division at Springfield, after winning the title last year. He advanced to the finals this season, but dropped a 5-3 decision to Springfield’s Joe Gaboury.
Carr also competed in the heavyweight class, and finished third for the second consecutive year. He defeated Trinity’s Peter Marino, 14-3, in the battle for third place. Carr is ranked third in New England at 190 pounds, the weight class he will likely wrestle in later this season.
Pamulak, who was a reserve last season, placed third in the 177-pound weight class. He knocked off Springfield’s Neil Bergren in the third-place match, 8-1.
PSC returns to action with the first dual match of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, at Rhode Island College.