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NY College Weekend: Ithaca, Brockport Dominate Home Tournaments & Much More

By BV, 11/06/16, 4:30PM EST

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News from Outside of Division 1

Here are some of the highlights from this weekend for New York college teams outside of Division 1.  More will be added as available.

ITHACA WINS TEAM TITLE WITH SIX CHAMPS AT HOME INVITATIONAL; SEYMOUR, BUSHEY PREVAIL FOR OSWEGO

Courtesy of athletics.ithaca.edu

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The No. 3 Ithaca College wrestling team finished off its first weekend off the 2016-17 season in sterling fashion on Saturday. Sitting in second place entering the second day, the Bombers posted a huge effort on day two, overtaking Johnson & Wales to win the team title in the 33rd annual installment of the Ithaca Invitational with a total of 173.5 points. Johnson & Wales finished in second with 161.5 points, while No. 5 Stevens Institute of Technology ended up in third place with 152.0 points.
 
The Bombers crowned six individual weight-class champions on Saturday, headlined by senior, Carlos Toribio, who took home the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award at the tournament after a thrilling victory in the 197-pound bracket. In total, Ithaca amassed 15 place-winners among its 28 participants in the tournament.
 
125 LB
Ithaca entered the day with three wrestlers alive in the 125-pound division. Senior, Jimmy Kaishian (#7 NWCA/#8 d3wrestle.com) began the day in the winner's bracket, while sophomore, Ferdinand Mase, and freshman, Tito Colom, started in the wrestle-backs.
 
Kaishian opened the day against Matthew Insogna of Greensboro College and made it look easy against his 125-pound counterpart. He shutout the Insogna in a 9-0 major decision to secure a spot in the semifinals, where he met another Greensboro wrestler in Gabe Wilson. Ithaca's senior grappler had it much tougher this time around, but was able to grab an early lead and hang on for the 6-4 decision.
 
Emerging from the other half of the bracket was Bobby Jordon of Johnson & Wales, setting up one of several marquee matchups on the day. Jordon entered the weekend ranked ninth in the country by the NWCA, ensuring the final would be a ranked vs. ranked bout. Kaishian again rose to the occasion, scoring the Bombers first individual champion of the afternoon with a 4-3 decision.
 
Ithaca also picked up some key team points in the wrestle-backs. Both Colom and Mase won their first bouts of the day to set up a matchup against each other in the next round. The older Mase got the better off his freshman counterpart with a 5-4 decision to advance. Like his teammate Kaishian, Mase bested Wilson of Greensboro in a 7-3 decision to move onto the third-place bout. The Ithaca sophomore took home the third-place title with an 8-6 triumph over Rob Murray of Stevens.
 
141 LB
Ithaca had two wrestlers alive in the winner's bracket entering Saturday morning in the 141-pound classification in top-seed Nick Wahba (#7 d3wrestle.com) and sixth-seed Chris Wymer.
 
Wahba's first match of the day was an abbreviated one, as he faced Patrick Ferzoco of Springfield. The IC senior scored an early takedown, which injured the Springfield grappler, who had to bow out with a medical forfeit. Wahba continued to roll in the semifinal round with an 8-0 major decision over DJ Tirelli of Johnson & Wales to stamp his place in the final.
 
Facing another Wildcat wrestler in the final in second-seed Joseph Ferinde, Wahba followed a similar blue print to Kaishian to score Ithaca's second individual weight-class champion of the day. Locked in a tactical battle, he scored just enough to win a 4-3 decision.
 
Wymer had a challenging second day at the tournament after getting off to a hot start on Friday. He dropped his opening match of the day, as RIT's Jake Sepor got the first-period pin. He battled hard in his first wrestle-back bout, but dropped a close match against Derek Bohle of Springfield in an 8-6 decision.
 
149 LB
Nichols had some high praise for freshman, Sammy Schneider, entering the weekend and the IC rookie answered the bell in a big way with an impressive run through the 149-pound weight class to score an individual title in his first collegiate tournament.
 
Schneider faced Brady Robin of Johnson & Wales in the quarterfinal match and made quick work of the Wildcat wrestler in a 12-5 decision. The win over Robin setup a match against the top-seed in the 149-pound bracket in Zach Wilhelm (#4 NWCA) of Stevens.
 
In one of the most exciting 3-1 matches you will ever see, Schneider scored the upset over the talented Ducks' wrestler. Battling to a 1-1 stalemate through three periods, the wrestlers entered into a sudden-victory overtime round. The IC rookie wasted little time, aggressively catching the leg of Wilhelm and driving him to the mat for the takedown just seconds into the period.
 
With possibly his toughest bout in the rearview mirror, Schneider carried that momentum into his finals against Malik Rasheed of Johnson & Wales. Schneider scored six points nearly right off the bat with a takedown and four-point near fall. He continued to widen the lead over the bout, before locking in a the fall with 26 seconds left in the third period.
 
Classmate Ben Brisman, as well as, sophomore, Greg Lee, also competed on day two in the 149-pound wrestle-back bracket. Lee opened the day with a hard-fought clash against Robin of Johnson & Wales, falling in a 3-2 decision. Brisman had a successful run in the same portion of the bracket, scoring a 13-5 major decision over Christop Behen of Johnson & Wales. He followed that by besting Robin in a 3-1 decision, before downing second-seed Thomas Grippi of JWU to gain an appearance in the third-place bout. Unfortunately, the rookies' run came to an end as he had to settle for fourth place after being pinned by Wilhellm of Stevens in the first period.
 
157 LB
Ithaca entered the day in great shape in the 157-pound division with three wrestlers advancing to the quarterfinal round of the winner's bracket.
 
The trend of strong performances by IC freshman continued, as Al Ciccitto was the Bombers top finisher of the group. He opened the day by scoring a huge upset over second-seeded Thomas Poklikuha, scoring a first-period fall of the talented Stevens wrestler. The pins continued in the semifinal round, as he added Desmond Townes to the list with a fall right as time expired in the third period. Ciccitto had his run come to an end in the final, settling for second to Oswego State's Troy Seymour in a 5-2 decision.
 
Sophomores, Jawan Jones and Anthony Fano, competed on the top half of the bracket and each enjoyed successful days. Jones got a tough start, as he met the eventual champion, Seymour, in the quarterfinal. The Lakers grappler got the only point of the match with a second-period escape to end Jones run in the winner's bracket. However, Jones had a strong run in the wrestle-backs with a 9-4 decision over Dylan Dupre of JWU, a 10-3 triumph over Norwich's Brandon Defosses, and a 7-2 decision over Desmond Townes. He settled for fourth place in the bracket.
 
Fano also had a solid day, besting Defosses in a 17-7 major decision to begin the day. Like his teammates Jones and Ciccitto, Fano's run came to an end against Seymour in a 3-1 decision. He had to settle for sixth place in the bracket.
 
165 LB
Ithaca's fourth weight-class champion came in the 165-pound division, as second-seed Nick Velez (#4 NWCA/#5 d3wrestle.com) captured the crown. He opened the day with an 11-0 major decision over Adrian Gonzalez of Johnson & Wales. The junior earned a 17-0 technical fall over Aarin Feliz of Springfield just 16 seconds into the second period of his semifinal-round bout.
 
Another much anticipated ranked vs. ranked match occurred in the final, as Velez squared off against third-ranked Colin Navickas of Stevens in the final. Once again, it was the Bombers' wrestler that prevailed; as Velez took home the 10-5 decision.
 
Junior, Nik Hansen, also competed on day two making a nice run through the wrestle-backs after falling in a 7-3 decision to Ryan Ward of Springfield in the opening match of the day. He scored a first period fall over Zach Deaguero of Johnson & Wales, but eventually had to settle for sixth place in the weight class.
 
174 LB
The Bombers had two competitors still alive in the 174-pound classification on Saturday, as juniors, Nick Vogel and Jaison White, both advanced to the quarters.
 
White got off to a great start to the day with a 5-3 victory over Elias Kokalis of Springfield in his quarterfinal bout. He doubled up with another 5-3 decision over Michael Gargano of Johnson & Wales to stamp his place in the final, but unfortunately he had to settle for second place with top-seed Stephen Jarrell scoring the first period fall.
 
Vogel had nice run in the wrestle-back after dropping a 7-3 decision to Geovanni Medina in his quarterfinal-round bout. He bested Marquez Keyes of Greensboro in a 16-5 major decision and Mark Millsci of Oswego State to earn a place in the third-place bout. The IC junior took home fourth place after falling in a 9-3 decision to Springfield's Medina.
 
184 LB
Ithaca had only one competitor alive in the 184-pound classification in sophomore mauler Jake Ashcraft. He started his day impressively with another first-period pin (1:29), this one coming against John Boyle of Western New England. However, the top-seed had his run come to an end against talented Oswego State freshman, Jordan Bushey, who went on to win the individual title. Ashcraft fell to Bushey in a 16-6 major decision.
 
Ashcraft bounced back in his first consolation bout, as he scored a 14-7 decision over Pete Haller of Johnson & Wales, but was edged by Danny Moore of Stevens in the third-place matchup. Ashcraft settled for fourth.
 
197 LB
Perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the day took place in the 197-pound division, as senior, Carlos Toribio (#3 NWCA/#3 d3wrestle.com) continued to steamroll through the bottom half of the winner's bracket.
 
Toribio opened the day with a 10-2 major decision over Brian Donovan of Western New England. He scored a hard-fought 4-0 triumph against Oswego State's Daniel Smith to earn his place in the final and the anticipated ranked vs. ranked matchup against top-seed AJ Kowal (#2 NWCA) of Stevens.
 
Toribio jumped out to an early lead with a takedown just 20 seconds into the bout, which was not originally given, but was award on a successful coaches challenge. Although Kowal got a point back on the escape, Toribio clung to a 2-1 advantage. Kowal rode out the entire second period to build up potentially tying ride time advantage, but in a heroic effort, Toribio returned the favor with a two-minute ride of Kowal to hold onto the 2-1 lead and an individual crown at 197. The effort helped him earn Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
 
The Bombers had two wrestlers in Tanner Nielsen and Liam Korbul competed in the wrestle-back portion of the bracket. Nielsen opened the day with a 15-5 major decision over Norwich's Hussein Kanaan, but had his tournament ended in the next round. Korbul scored a pair of victories with a with a first-period fall against Chris St. Denny off RIT and a 6-4 overtime win against Michael Gallagher of Rhode Island. Like Nielsen, Western New England's Donovan bested Korbul in the next round.
 
285 LB
Ithaca's lone competitor in the second day of the tournament at 285-pounds was senior, Matt Booth, but he saved the best for last in capturing the Bombers' sixth individual title.
 
He opened the day with a dominant 208 major decision over Nick Goff of New England College. He followed that with a hard-fought 4-0 decision against Norwich's bruiser Frank Girolamo. Booth continued his dominant run into the finals, where he downed John Geeorges of Rhode Island in an 8-1 decision.
 

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Courtesy of oswegolakers.com

The Oswego State wrestling team captured a fourth place finish out of 11 teams at the two-day Ithaca College Invitational that finished on Saturday. 
 
Two Lakers won championships in their weight classes at Ithaca, starting with junior Troy Seymour at 157-pounds. Seymour made his way through the Bomber lineup on Saturday, defeating Jawan Jones 1-0 in the quarters, Anthony Fano 3-1 in the semis and Al Ciccitto 5-2 for the title. Seymour is now 5-0 to open the season.
 
Also scoring a crown was freshman Jordan Bushey in the 184-pound weight class. In his quarterfinal bout, Bushey scored a fall at 3:24 to advance to the semifinal. Next was Ithaca's Jake Ashcraft who Bushey made easy work of by the tune of a 16-6 major decision. The championship matchup supplied Norwich's Joseph Hennessey, who Bushey took to the mat in 3:58 for the fall. Bushey is now 4-0 in his Laker career.
 
At 285, Kade Andrews placed fourth after working his way back through the consolation bracket and into the third place bout. He finished the weekend with a 5-2 record, including a sudden victory and three decisions on Saturday before falling 10-3 to Norwich's Frank Girolamo in the final bout.
 
Placing sixth for Oswego were Evan Corso (141), Jon Crast (149), and Daniel Smith (197). Corso and Crast each went 5-3 over the weekend while Smith was beat in the semifinal by eventual 197 winner Carlos Toribio. 

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Courtesy of ritathletics.com

The RIT wrestling team placed eighth at the Ithaca Invitational. The Tigers finished eighth out of 11 teams with a team score of 47.5 points. Senior Jake Sepor (Stafford, NY/Pavilion) placed third in the 141 pound weight class.

On Friday, Sepor advanced to the second round with a bye, and moved onto the quarterfinals with a pin of Ryan Dominique just 53 seconds into their second-round match. Saturday, Sepor defeated Chris Wymer of Ithaca with a pinfall at 1:15 in the quarterfinals. He was defeated by Joseph Ferinde from Johnson and Wales in the semifinals, 5-3. Sepor responded with a pin of Evan Corso at 6:09 of the consolation semifinals to advance to the third-place match. In that match, Sepor defeated Dylan Van Sickell from Stevens with a 12-8 decision.

Friday, Nick Greenquist defeated Ryan Errico of Springfield at 184 lbs. with a technical fall at 6:06 in his first round match. at 184-.lbs. He advanced to the championship round with a pin of Nick Normile from SUNY Oswego at 2:16. Saturday, Greenquist was defeated Joseph Kennedy from Norwich in the quarterfinals, 7-4. He fell to Connor Sheehan in the consolation round, 5-4.

Isaiah Ocasio (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) advanced to the quarterfinals at 133 lbs. with a technical fall win over Eric Wall of New England College in his opening bout on Friday. He went on to beat Stephen Masi of Rhode Island College in the second round, 3-1 in sudden victory. Saturday, Ocasio won an 8-5 decision over Yoseph Borai of Stevens in the quarterfinals. He lost 11-2 to Ian Tolotti in the semifinals, before losing to Jacob Forsman and Zak Rainess in the fifth-place match.

Cole Murphy (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) defeated Alejandr Theraureaux of SUNY Oswego with a fall at 2:18 in his first match at 141 lbs. Friday. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a technical fall victory over Thomas Mountain of Rhode Island College in the second round. On Saturday, Murphy fell in the quarterfinals and lost in his consolation match. Sam Weinger (Blooming Grove, NY/Washingtonville), who wrestled at 285 lbs., won both his matches by pin on Friday evening, before sitting out Saturday due to injury.

Tommy Follman (Albion, NY/Albion) and Dan Lucey (Massapequa, NA/Massapequa) both advanced in the consolation round at 165 lbs, having finished 1-1 on Friday. Follman lost in the opening round, but knocked off Tim Caplan of Rhode Island College via pin for his first collegiate victory. Lucey earned a major decision victory over Jason Powell of Western New England. Both wrestlers were eliminated early on Saturday. Joe Messare (Ballston Lake, NY/Burnt Hills) also advanced at 197 lbs. on Saturday after a victory over Ryan Jachim of Stevens by pin in 49 seconds to end Friday's action. Messare picked up a second win on Saturday before bowing out.

Connor Wilkins (Livonia, NY/Livonia), Andrew Flanagan (Holley, NY/Holley), Ryan Keefe (Charlotte, NC), Colby Hall (Deposit, NY/Deposit), and Evan Vershay (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) all recorded one win apiece in the consolation round before being eliminated.

CORTLAND'S ESPINAL, DAWKINS; NYU'S BENDEROTH, MESSINGER; ONEONTA'S BETHEL; NY NATIVE BARBARIA WIN TITLES AT THE MONARCH INVITATIONAL

Courtesy of cortlandreddragons.com

Junior Deuly Espinal (Brooklyn/Grand Street) and freshman Ricardo Dawkins (Watertown/General Brown) each won individual titles and 11 Red Dragons placed in the top six of their weight classes to help Cortland finish second out of 12 schools at the season-opening King's College Monarch Invitational.

Nationally eighth-ranked Roger Williams won the team title with 205.5 points, followed by Cortland with 186.5 points.

Espinal finished first at 184 pounds and Dawkins was first at 197 pounds, both with 4-0 records. Three Cortland wrestlers were weight-class runners-up: sophomore Da'mani Burns (Newburgh/Newburgh Free Academy) at 141 pounds, junior Brendan Dent (Ronkonkoma/Connetquot) at 165 pounds, and freshman J.P. Puca (Huntington) at 174 pounds - all with 4-1 records.

Sophomores Travis Passaro (Manorville/Eastport South Manor) and Matt Caputo (Stony Point/North Rockland) finished third at 133 pounds and 149 pounds, respectively, both with 6-1 records. Three Red Dragons earned fourth-place showings: junior Josh Antoine (Brooklyn/Grand Street) at 125 pounds (4-2 record), sophomore Alex D'Angelo (Thiells/North Rockland) at 133 pounds (6-1 record), and junior Derak Heyman (Tioga Center/Tioga) at 149 pounds (4-2 record). Cortland's other placewinner was sophomore Brett Lewis (Madison) with a 3-3 record and sixth-place finish at 197 pounds.

Espinal, who competed at Nassau Community College the last two years, ran the table at 184 pounds with a 15-0 technical fall, a pin in 51 seconds, a 10-2 major decision in the semifinals, and a 4-3 win over Joe Albina of Roger Williams in the finals.

Dawkins opened at 197 with a 6-0 decision and a pin. He won 9-2 in the semifinals and edged Christopher Francis of Roger Williams, 3-2, in the finals.

Burns won his first four matches at 141 pounds, three by pin, before losing to Jessie Lopez of Wilkes in the finals. Dent earned four straight decisions at 165 pounds, including a sudden-victory 9-7 decision in the semifinals, before falling, 5-2 in the finals to NYU's Blaise Benderoth.

Puca, whose brother Lou recently graduated from Cortland as a two-time All-American, pinned his first four opponents at 174 pounds. He lost in the finals to nationally eighth-ranked John Messinger of NYU, 9-6.

Passaro won his first two matches at 133 pounds before dropping a 2-0 decision. He bounced back with four straight wins to claim third place. Three of his six wins on the day were technical falls. Caputo opened with a 5-4 loss to nationally 10th-ranked Josh Evans of Wilkes. He then rattled off six straight victories, capped by a pin over teammate Heyman in the third-place match. Heyman's run to that match included a pin and a tech fall among his four victories.

Antoine split his first two matches at 125 pounds, then won three straight to earn a spot in the third-place match. He ended fourth after being edged, 3-2, by York's Dylan Nuttall. D'Angelo opened the day at 133 pounds with a tech fall before losing his next match, 2-1. Five straight victories from that point advanced him to the third-place match, but he medically forfeited that match and ended fourth with a 6-1 record. Lewis won three of his first four bouts at 197 pounds, one by pin, but lost his next contest and then dropped a 6-1 decision in the fifth-place match.

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Courtesy of gonyuathletics.com

The New York University wrestling team opened its 2016-17 campaign at the Monarch Invitational, hosted by King's College, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on Saturday, November 5.

NYU finished the 12-team event in fifth place, just one half point behind York College (PA). 

"As a team there are a lot of positive things to take away from today," said NYU Senior Assistant Coach Corey Luce. "Our guys wrestled tough for the most part, but as expected we still have plenty to work on to improve and get us to where we want to be."

Leading the way for NYU were Blaise Benderoth (165 pounds) and John Messinger (174 pounds), who each took home individual titles. Benderoth finished his first day in an NYU singlet with a perfect 5-0 record and beat Brendan Dent of SUNY Cortland 5-2 in the championship bout. Messinger was also 5-0 on the day, defeating a SUNY Cortland grappler (JP Puca) to win the title. The senior captain won his championship bout 9-6.

"John and Blaise both had great tournaments and very solid performances to start the year," added Luce.

Raymond Jazikoff was NYU's third finalist on the day, finishing with a 4-1 record and second-place honors at 157 pounds. His only loss was a 16-12 defeat in the 157-pound championship to Ty Herzog of Roger Williams.

"Raymond fell a little short in the end, but gave a great effort," concluded Luce. "I'm confident he will keep improving as we move forward."

Will Crisco and Evan Drill both had successful NYU debuts, placing in the 141-pound bracket. Drill finished in third place, while Crisco earned fifth-place honors. 

Sam Schwartzapfel (165 pounds) went 4-2 on the day and finished in fifth place.

- The final NYU wrestler to place was Nick Matthews (149 pounds), who finished the day 3-3 and took home sixth-place honors.

 

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Courtesy of oneontaathletics.com

The Red Dragons opened up the season with three top six finishers, including junior James Bethel (Saugerties/Saugerties) with a first place finish.

Bethel would pick up where he left off in the 2014-15 season where he finished in top five in the nation. He was ranked third in the national coaches poll to start the 2016-17 season and he would be tested early at the Monarch Invitational with the first place match against fourth ranked Kyle Foster of Roger Williams college. He would win the match by decision (4-2) to claim first place in the heavy weight class.  

Evan Wallace (East Greenbush/Columbia) and Daniel DeCarlo (Port Jervis, NY/Port Jervis) both had top six finishes for the Red Dragons. DeCarlo would beat out Edwin Morales from Camden County College to take a fifth place finish, while Wallace would drop the fifth place match to Sam Schwartzapfel of New York University by fall.

Junior Austin Sisco (Denville/Pope John Regional) is ranked #8 and sophomore Peter Pjetri (Suffern/Suffern) is an honorable mention in the national coaches poll. Both did not wrestle due to injury. 

 

Note: New York native Nick Barbaria of New Rochelle was the 125 pound champion for Roger Williams.

FULL RESULTS are available at www.trackwrestling.com.  Search for "Monarch Invitational Tournament."

GOLDEN EAGLE OPEN: 6 BROCKPORT WRESTLERS WIN; VAN VALEN EARNS TITLE FOR ALFRED STATE

Courtesy of gobrockport.com

Brockport wrestling opened competition on Saturday morning in the Golden Eagle Open which featured wrestlers from Alfred State, Cornell, Buffalo, and Niagara Community College. There was no adjustment period for the team, as Brockport wrestlers took first place in six of the ten weight classes on the day.
 
125
Dillon Stowell was the best finisher for Brockport at this weight class, defeating Brandon Gaylord from Alfred State by injury before falling in a close decision against Buffalo's Derek Spann, 16-10, giving him a second place finish. Jon Lauricella finished third, pinning his opponent in 2:34 in the third place bout.
 
133
Kevin Marcano earned the first win of the day for Brockport, going 3-0 on the day including a Round 3  decision victory over teammate Nick Nieves. Marcano's toughest competition was Brandon Gould of Buffalo, who took him the distance before Marcano ultimately came out with a 6-5 decision win.
 
141
Donny McCoy and Sean O'Hagan were the top finishers for Brockport at 141, each earning two victories to put themselves in fourth and fifth, respectively.
 
149
Brockport dominated the 149-lb weight classes, with wrestlers finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Aaron Wilkinson won three matches, all by fall to give him a third place finish. Zack Bendick was the only wrestler that was able to shut him down on the day, pinning Wilkinson before falling to fellow teammate Sean Peacock, who took first in the weight class after winning both of his matches by technical fall.
 
157
Corey Farrell took home the top spot in the 157 lb. weight class, first earning a spot in the finals with an 18-0 technical fall win before defeating Buffalo's Kobe Garrehy in a tight 7-5 decision. Jackson Bell took home third, pinning his first opponent in 0:17 before falling to Farrell and then coming back to win the third place bout with a 6-2 decision.
 
165
Casey Provost was the top finisher for Brockport at 165, taking fifth after defeating NCC's Kaydon Newton.
 
174
Richard Mills battled his way to the top spot at 174, pinning Richard Harper from NCC in 2:49 in his first match of the day. In the first place bout against Alfred State's Konnor Kremer, Mills went the distance before pulling ahead 7-6 late to take first place.
 
197
Triston Engle dominated the 197 lb weight class, winning both of his matches by fall, the first in just :36 seconds and the second in 1:25.
 
285
Jacob Morris was just as dominant in the heavyweight division, pinning his first two opponents in 2:07 and :35 respectively, before taking the final match against NCC's Jed Middleton due to injury.

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Courtesy of alfredstateathletics.com

The Alfred State wrestling team had a solid showing as they opened up the 2016-17 season at the Golden Eagle Open hosted by Brockport. The Pioneers had one champion, two runner-ups, and one 3rd place finisher.

George Van Valen (Ithaca) took home the title in the 184 lb. weight class. He defeated TJ Cistruck (Niagara CCC) 16-0 in the semifinals and won a 8-1 decision over Logan Rill (Buffalo) to claim the title.

Konnor Kremer (Horseheads) finished 2nd at 174 and Tristan Almeter (Elma/Iroquois) was 2nd at 165.

Kremer pinned Sergio Crespo (Niagara CCC) in 1:33 in the quarters and then won 7-5 over Cameron Calderelli (Buffalo) to advance to the finals. In the finals he fell 7-6 in a tight match vs. Richard Mills (Brockport)

Almeter won 10-4 over Kaydon Newton (Niagara CCC) in the quarters and won 4-2 over Matthew Russo (Cornell) to secure a spot in the finals. Eric Fasnacht (Buffalo) took the title with a 10-2 win in the finals.

Mitchell Lattuca was 3rd in the heavyweight competition. He pinned Jesse Trout (Brockport) in 2:55 in the quarters. After falling in the semifinals he bounced back with a pin of James Martin and earned 3rd place with another pin of Trout in 2:04.

125 lb. Patrick Lehman (Marathon), 149 lb. Mike Galton (Warsaw), and 184 lb. Alex Mongillo (Keshequa) all finished 4th in their brackets.

ECKLES AND KELLER WIN MCMULLEN OPEN

Niagara CCC's Freddy Eckles (133) and Troy Keller (165) took first place at the McMullen Open hosted by Muskegon CC. Both wrestlers were NYS silver medalists last season from Section 6. In addition, Zach Burke (125) and Elijah Sampo (197) were second for the ThunderWolves.

RPI SPLITS PAIR OF DUALS

Wrestling split its annual Alumni Duals home opener yesterday at the '87 Gymnasium. The Engineers picked up wins over Univ. of Massachusetts 35-21 and MIT 46-12 and dropped matches to Univ. of Connecticut 34-15 and Springfield Technical C.C. 50-3. Both Austin Mustard Wilson and Jean Rioux went undefeated on the day for RPI.