NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University wrestling team won nine of its 10 matches on Wednesday, cruising to a 33-6 victory over visiting Plymouth State University. The Cadets improve to 3-2 in head-to-head meets on the year while the Panthers fall to 0-1 against other institutions.
Freshman Cole Nickerson (Nashua, N.H.) picked up the first victory of his collegiate career at 125 pounds, earning a hard-fought 4-3 decision over Plymouth State's Adam Correia. Sophomore Jacob Forsman (Voorhees, N.J.), one of Norwich's three regionally-ranked wrestlers, blanked his counterpart at 133 pounds, netting a 3-0 victory by decision.
Junior Jonathan Graziane (Beekmantown, N.Y.) increased the Cadets lead to 9-0 with a sudden victory (5-3) at 141 pounds. Senior Benjamin Swanson (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.) would follow at 157 pounds with a 12-6 sudden victory over Nick Simeti before freshman Brandon DesFosses (Methuen, Mass.) came through with an 11-4 decision.
In one of the longest battles of the evening, junior Zachary Gibson (Lithopolis, Ohio) won the 174-pound match with a 3-2 tiebreak victory over Matt Froio to pick up yet another three points for the Cadets. Freshman Joseph Hennessey (Boonville, N.Y.), ranked second in New England at 184, pinned Nick Johnson in only 2:14 to earn six points.
Ahead by a comfortable 24-6 score, senior David Rogers (Marlborough, Mass.) won a 10-5 decision at 197 pounds before sophomore Stephen Briganti (Trumbull, Conn.), competing in the heavyweight class, pinned Michael Garcia in 1:19 to put an exclamation point on what proved to be a successful night for the Cadets on the mat.
Norwich secured two exhibition victories as well. Freshman Tyler Ayers (Morrisville, N.Y.) and junior Donte Jones (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) won by pinfall at the 141 and 165 weight classes, respectively – Jones needed only 47 seconds to pin Johnson.
The Cadets return to action Wednesday, Jan. 14, hosting Johnson & Wales (R.I.), Coast Guard and Western New England at high noon in Andrews Hall.