HARTFORD, Conn. – The Plymouth State University wrestling team wrapped up the regular season Saturday with a 1-2 record at the Trinity College quad meet, recording a victory over Trinity and losses to two of the top teams in New England, Springfield College and Johnson & Wales University.
The Panthers, ranked ninth in New England, defeated Trinity, 28-15 victory, but suffered a 31-18 loss to Springfield, New England’s sixth-ranked team, and a 26-15 setback to Johnson & Wales University, the top-ranked team in New England. PSU concludes the dual meet season with a 7-12-1 record, while JWU is now 17-6, Springfield is 9-10, and Trinity is 3-16.
PSU won seven of the 10 bouts against Trinity, with senior Landon Nelson (Salem, N.Y.) at 184 pounds and sophomore Fred Wilkinson (Quogue, N.Y.) at 133 pounds recording wins by fall. Panther winners by decision against the Bantams included senior Chris Greenwood (Manchester, N.H./West) at 125, freshman Mark Watts (Bedford, N.H./West) at 157, senior Ryan Schieding (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 174, freshman Eric Larcomb (Jefferson, N.H.) at 197, and senior Josh St. Ours (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) at 285.
Springfield took seven of the 10 bouts over the Panthers, but all three PSU wins were by fall – Schieding at 174, Nelson at 184, and Larcomb at 197. Wilkinson and freshman Eric Bergeron (Meriden, Conn.) collected wins by forfeit against Johnson & Wales, with the only Panther victory on the mat at 149 pounds, where freshman Dan Saia (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded his first win of the year.
The Panthers now gear up for the biggest meet of the year, the New England Conference Championships on Feb. 23-24 at the University of Southern Maine. PSU will be out to improve on last year’s seventh-place finish.
PSU’s top contenders for All-New England honors are Schieding, who has a 19-8 record and is ranked fifth in New England at 174 pounds; St. Ours, who is 17-9 and ranked sixth at 285; and Nelson, who has an 18-12 record at 184.
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