ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senior Nate Kittredge (Vergennes, Vt.) led the Plymouth State University contingent with a fourth place finish at Saturday’s 39th annual RIT Invitational Wrestling Tournament, hosted by the Rochester Institute of Techonology.
Kittredge, the sixth seed in the 184-pound weight class, rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to the top seed, Jon Neyerlin of Wilkes University, with three straight victories in the backdraw. Kittredge was stopped again by Neverlin, finishing the tournament with a 4-2 record and fourth place.
Plymouth State, which had 12 wrestlers competing in eight weight classes, finished 13th out of 16 teams in the tournament. PSU was fourth among the six New England schools. John Carroll won the tournament, followed by Oswego State and Johnson & Wales.
Freshman Ryan Schieding (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) had a solid tournament at 149 pounds. After a first-round loss, Schieding registered three straight victories, including one by a fall, before getting knocked out by the fifth seed, Chris Wells of Johnson & Wales. Schieding is now 8-4 on the season.
Junior Billy Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.) and freshman Shaun Wilbert (Toms River, N.J.) each posted 2-2 records in their brackets, Billy at 197 and Shaun at 285. Five other Panthers registered one win each but were eliminated after two losses — senior Dave Preciado (Stoneham, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Friend (Jefferson, N.H.) at 133 pounds, sophomore Brandon Black (Keene, N.H.) at 149, senior Dan Moskowitz (Amherst, N.H.) at 157, and senior Kyle Pietrowski (Eliot, Maine) at 197.
The rest of the Panther entries included freshman Chris Greenwood (Manchester, N.H./West) at 125 pounds, junior Dean Miller (Long Valley, N.J.) at 165, and sophomore Jamie Ranney (Sandown, N.H.) at 197.
PSU has its only home meet of the first semester this Thursday at Foley Gymnasium against Rhode Island College (7:00 p.m.), then wraps up competition for the first semester this Saturday in a quad meet at Roger Williams University with Southern Maine and Western New England.
Plymouth State is ranked 10th in this week’s New England Division III poll. RIC is sixth and Roger Williams is eighth.
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