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Cornell Wins 15th Straight Ivy Title; NYU Captures UAA and More from the NY College Weekend

By BV, 02/12/17, 5:15PM EST


Here are some of the results from this weekend's New York college wrestling action.

We will add more as information becomes available.


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Cornell wrestling ran out to a 18-0 halftime advantage and cruised to its 15th straight Ivy League title and a 21-12 victory over Princeton on Saturday afternoon at the Friedman Wrestling Center. The Big Red upped its record to 12-2 (5-0 Ivy) with its 78th consecutive victory over a conference opponent.

The win clinched the Big Red's 38th league championship and extended the longest streak by any Ivy League team in any sport.

The dual began at 157 and essentially ended at 197, as Cornell punctuated the halftime edge with a late third period takedown of 10th-ranked Brett Harner by Ben Honis for a 7-6 upset victory. That sent the match into the break with the home team essentially claiming the match.

It didn't actually clinch the dual until after adding a sudden victory win by Noah Baughman at 125 and limiting the Tigers to three decisions by their ranked wrestlers, avoiding bonus points. Seniors Brian Realbuto and Gabe Dean, less than half an hour after being celebrated on Senior Day, scored nine total points with a major decision and technical fall,respectively.

Realbuto and Jonathan Schleifer had a high-scoring affair at 174, with the two-time All-American capturing a 23-13 major decision victory. Dean, meanwhile, spent much of the match looking for a pin instead of piling up points, but eventually took out Ian Baker by technical fall, 21-5. The top-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds extended his match win streak to 35 and improved to 26-0 on the year with the victory.

Senior Taylor Simaz and sophomore Brandon Womack each took home victories to send the Big Red in the right direction, starting the dual with 8-5 and 5-0 wins. Realbuto and Dean delivered their usual dominant performances before Honis threw the knockout punch. 

After a break that saw former Big Red All-Americans Joe Mazzurco and Jerry Rinaldi as part of the Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni, Princeton made a late rally with four wins in its last five matches, thought Will Koll gave fourth-ranked Matthews Kolodzik all he could handle in a 5-3 loss at 141 pounds.

The win guaranteed the Big Red one more home dual, as it will face a member of the Big Ten on Sunday, Feb. 19 at a time to be determined for the NWCA National Duals.#9 Cornell 21, Princeton 12
157: Taylor Simaz (C) won by decision over Mike D'Angelo (P), 8-5
165: Brandon Womack (C) won by decision over Matt Gancayco (P), 5-0
174: #3 Brian Realbuto (C) won by major decision over Jon Schleifer (P), 23-13
184: #1 Gabe Dean (C) won by technical fall over Ian Baker (P), 21-5
197: Ben Honis (C) won by decision over #10 Brett Harner (P), 7-6
285: #17 Ray O'Donnell (P) won by decision over Craig Scott (C), 8-1
125: Noah Baughman (C) won by decision over Ty Agaisse (P), 6-4 (sv1)
133: Pat D'Arcy (P) won by decision over #20 Mark Grey (C), 6-0 
141: #4 Matthew Kolodzik (P) won by decision over Will Koll (C), 5-3
149: #17 Jordan Laster (P) won by decision over Joey Galasso (C), 8-5


The Cornell wrestling team set up a showdown for the Ivy League title with unbeaten Princeton thanks to a 27-10 victory over Penn on Friday evening at the Friedman Wrestling Center. Cornell won the final five matches to overcome a 10-7 deficit midway through the dual and improved to 11-2 on the season (4-0 Ivy) with its 77th straight Ivy win.

The Big Red and the Tigers, a 32-6 winner at Columbia on Friday, will square off at 3 p.m. on Saturday on the Ivy League Digital Network. Cornell will celebrate its seniors prior to the match, then will welcome Joe Mazzurco '06 and Jerry Rinaldi '07 into the Cornell Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni at halftime.

A pair of Big Red seniors won battles against nationally ranked Quakers, Gabe Dean took career win number 142 via forfeit and Craig Scott and Brandon Womack bookended the second half of the dual to set up a championship rematch against Princeton. A year ago, Cornell took to the road and clinched its 14th straight Ivy title with a 23-16 victory.

Cornell will have its hands full against the Tigers for the second straight year, but Penn gave the Big Red all it could handle early. After freshman Noah Baughman remained unbeaten in Ivy matches with a hard-fought 5-1 decision over Jeremy Schwartz at 125 - his 20th win of the year - the Quakers won three of the next four matches, including a major decision at 133. Will Koll had the lone win for the Big Red during that span with an 11-1 major decision at 141 before Joe Oliva and May Bethea tied the match and put the visitors ahead at 10-7.

Brandon Womack tied the dual with his team-best 25th victory of the year, a 10-5 decision over Brooks Martino at 165, to start Cornell's rally. Realbuto dominated the feature matchup of the day, turning 13th-ranked Casey Kent for two and posting the only takedowns of the match in an 11-3 major decision victory.

After Dean had his hand raised for a forfeit victory, Owen Scott used a takedown with 40 seconds remaining in the third to overcome 17th-ranked Frank Mattiace for the win at 197 and twin brother Craig dominated Tyler Hall for a 17-3 major decision to close out the win.#9 Cornell 27, Penn 10
125: Noah Baughman (C) won by decision over Jeremy Schwartz (P), 5-1
133: Carl Antrassian (P) won by major decision over Jacob Lehr (C), 16-4
141: Will Koll (C) won by major decision over A.J. Vindici (P), 11-1
149: Joe Oliva (P) won by decision over Joey Galasso (C), 4-2
157: May Bethea (P) won by decision over Taylor Simaz (C), 11-5 
165: Brandon Womack (C) won by decision over Brooks Martino (P), 10-5
174: #3 Brian Realbuto (C) won by major decision over #13 Casey Kent (P), 11-3
184: #1 Gabe Dean (C) won by forfeit
197: #19 Owen Scott (C) won by decision over #17 Frank Mattiace (P), 3-2
285: Craig Scott (C) won by major decision over Tyler Hall (P), 17-3


The University at Buffalo wrestling team scored some solid wins, but they weren't enough as the Bulls lost on the road to #21 Northern Iowa, 22-16, in Mid-American Conference action on Friday night.

At 133, Bryan Lantry proved he is going to be a force heading into the MAC Tournament as he upset Josh Alber – the nation's 10th ranked wrestler. Lantry got an escape in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and earned a 4-3 decision. It was Lantry's fourth win over a ranked opponent on the year.

Jason Estevez followed with a win at 141. Estevez scored a late 2-point takedown to earn a 4-2 decision over Jake Hodges. It was Estevez's first MAC dual win of the season.

After Colt Cotten dropped a 6-0 decision to eighth-ranked Max Thomsen, the Bulls found themselves trailing 8-6 in the dual. However, that's when Alex Smythe stepped up. Smythe jumped all over Paden Moore in the 157 match, scoring two takedowns and a 4-point near fall in the first period for an 8-1 lead. Smythe would go on to win the dual by a 12-4 major decision and give the Bulls a 10-8 lead.

However, led by three ranked wrestlers, the Panthers would win the next three matches to regain a 19-10 lead.

UB still had a chance. Knowing UNI was going to forfeit at 285, it all came down to James Benjamin at 197. A decision and the Bulls tie. A major or better and the Bulls win. However, Benjamin dropped a 4-2 decision to Jacob Holschlag, giving the dual to the Panthers.

"Great effort by our guys tonight," head coach John Stutzman said. "That was a great team and we really fought hard. Lantry beat the #1 guy in the MAC and Estevez had a huge win. We need to regroup for Sunday."

Northern Iowa 22, Buffalo 16
125: #10 Dylan Peters (UNI) won by technical fall over Derek Spann (UB), 19-3
133: #16 Bryan Lantry (UB) won by decision over #10 Josh Alber (UNI), 4-3
141: Jason Estevez (UB) won by decision over Jake Hodges (UNI), 4-2
149: #8 Max Thomsen (UNI) won by decision over Colt Cotten (UB), 6-0
157: Alex Smythe (UB) won by major decision over Paden Moore (UNI), 12-4
165: #10 Bryce Steiert (UNI) won by decision over Tyler Rill (UB), 7-3
174: #13 Taylor Lujan (UNI) won by technical fall over Muhamed McBryde (UB), 23-8
184: #14 Drew Foster (UNI) won by decision over Brett Perry (UB), 6-2
197: Jacob Holschlag (UNI) won by decision over #20 James Benjamin (UB), 4-2
285: Jake Gunning (UB) won by forfeit   


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The Binghamton wrestling team dropped a tight 21-15 match to UPenn Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats won five bouts in the EIWA dual coming from Steven Bulzomi, Audey Ashkar, Dylan Caruana, Steve Schneider and Connor Calkins.

"We were lacking today in some tough moments," head coach Matt Dernlan said. "It really comes down to execution. We needed to stay committed, in those tough moments, to our fundamentals. That's what hurt us today."

UPenn came out of the gate at 174 where No. 13 Casey Kent won by pin over Anthony DePrez. Up 6-0 to start the dual, Binghamton aggressively responded.

No. 15 Steve Schneider stepped on the mat to face Joe Heyob at 184. Schneider recorded a takedown early in the first period and then another quickly at the start of the second. Heyob responded, earning multiple points for escapes but Schneider kept him at bay with a one-point lead. The junior took a 5-4 decision, his fifth-straight win, to put BU on the board. Schneider moves to 11-1 in EIWA matchups.
Going match for match, UPenn's No. 17 Frank Mattiace earned a bonus point win over Mark Tracy at 197. Connor Calkins (285) then topped Tyler Hall with a 9-5 decision, cutting UPenn's lead in half.
At 125, Steven Bulzomi wrestled a tight match against Jeremy Schwartz. Tied 0-0 after the first period, the sophomore attacked Schwartz, earning a takedown and two points for stalling. With his 4-2 decision win, Bulzomi tied the match at 9.
Audey Ashkar dominated at 133 as he recorded multiple takedowns and accumulated four points by near fall. The freshman just barely missed a bonus point win as Carl Antrassian earned a point for stalling with 20 seconds left in the third period. The 12-4 decision win gave Binghamton their first lead of the day, 12-9.
At 141, Dylan Caruana followed suit posting two takedowns and accumulating points by near fall in the first period. A.J. Vindici avoided pin by kick-out, but Caruana secured a 6-0 lead and over a minute and a half of ride time. Vindici fought back but Caruana kept the upperhand, taking a 9-4 decision.
Up 15-9 going into the 149 match, Parker Kropman fell behind early against Joe Oliva in the first period. Down 3-1, the freshman recorded a takedown in the second to tie it at 3, but Joe responded with an escape and quick reversal. Unable to turn the tables, Kropman fell 9-4 to Oliva.
With only two matches left, Tristan Rifanburg put up a hard fight against May Bethea. Down 7-6 with seconds to go in the third period, Rifanburg escaped to force the match into sudden victory. Unfortunately, Bethea recorded a takedown against Rifanburg around the 30 second mark, winning the match by 9-7 decision.
Coming down to the wire, Binghamton and UPenn were tied at 15 with one match to go. UPenn's Joe Velliquette gained the advantage early in the 165 match, pinning Jake Einbinder and ultimately winning the dual by a final score of 21-15.
"In our conference nothing comes easy," Dernlan said. "We've got to make some corrections here in the next few weeks to reverse some of these matches where we came up short. We have a big in-state rival coming up in Buffalo this week and we need to have one of our best efforts of the season come Friday night."
174: #13 Casey Kent tech fall Anthony DePrez, 17-0 | Penn- 5 BU- 0
184: #15 Steve Schneider dec. Joe Heyob, 5-4 | Penn- 5 BU- 3
197: #17 Frank Mattiace MD Mark Tracy, 12-3 | Penn- 9 BU- 3
Hwt: Connor Calkins dec. Tyler Hall, 9-5 | Penn- 9 BU- 6
125: Steven Bulzomi dec. Jeremy Schwartz, 4-2 | Penn- 9 BU- 9
133: Audey Ashkar dec. Tristin DeVincenzo, 12-4 | BU- 12 Penn- 9
141: Dylan Caruana dec. A.J. Vindici, 9-4 | BU- 15 Penn- 9
149: Joe Oliva dec. Parker Kropman, 9-4 | BU- 15 Penn- 12
157: May Bethea dec. Tristan Rifanburg, SV-1 9-7 | BU- 15 Penn- 15
165: Joe Velliquette FALL Jake Einbinder, 4:56 | Penn- 21 BU- 15


The Binghamton wrestling team fell to Bucknell, 33-7, Friday night. Parker Kropman and Steve Schneider were the lone Bearcats to take wins in the contest. 

"Sometimes you need to tip your hat to the other team," Head coach Matt Dernlan said. "They wrestled tough and they out disciplined us. We just got beat."

Steven Bulzomi came out strong at 125, up 6-1 going into the second period. Accumulating 2:07 in ride time, the sophomore kept a 6-2 lead as Jordan Gessner escaped at the end of the second. Gessner, earning a reversal, then turned the tables and pinned Bulzomi 5:32 into the match.

Bucknell, who has three nationally ranked wrestlers in their lineup, continued to make a statement as they took the next two matches as well. After the first three bouts, the Bison led 14-0.

At 149, Parker Kropman stepped on the mat and almost simultaneously earned a takedown. By the end of the first period, Kropman was up 6-1 with 4 back points and close to two minutes in ride time. The freshman, earning his fifth straight win, dominated with a 19-6 major decision to put the Bearcats on the board. Kropman is now 10-3 overall and 9-2 in EIWA duals. 

Unfortunately, Binghamton was unable to generate from that momentum. Bucknell topped BU in the next three weight classes to take a 26-4 lead. They clinched the dual with a bonus point win over Anthony DePrez at 174.

At 184, No. 15 Steve Schneider didn't let that hinder his performance. Tied 0-0 through the second period, Schneider kept control of the match accumulating almost a minute in ride time. Garrett Hoffman took a 2-1 lead in the third, before Schneider recorded a takedown with just 24 seconds left in the match. With 1:03 in ride time, he earned his fourth consecutive win with a 4-2 decision. Schneider is now 11-2 overall and 10-1 in EIWA matches.

Binghamton dropped the final two bouts of the night and Bucknell won by a final match score of 33-7. 

"They beat us in every fundamental position possible tonight," Dernlan said. "When you win those, it accumulates to the outcome we had. I think we need to have a short memory but also remember how this feels. Tomorrow's a new match and we need to be able to turn around and get a win."

Bucknell 33, Binghamton 7

125:  Jordan Gessner (Buck) pinned Steven Bulzomi (Bing), 5:32.

133:  Joey Gould (Buck) dec. Audey Ashkar (Bing), 6-2.

141:  No. 19/12/12 Tyler Smith (Buck) tech fall Dylan Caruana (Bing), 18-3.

149:  Parker Kropman (Bing) maj. dec. Seth Hogue (Buck), 19-6.

157:  No. 14/15/18 Victor Lopez (Buck) dec. Tristan Rifanburg (Bing), 7-0.

165:  Logan Kerin (Buck) dec. Jake Einbinder (Bing), 4-0.

174:  D.J. Hollingshead (Buck) pinned Anthony DePrez (Bing), 1:50.

184:  No. 15/17/18 Steve Schneider (Bing) dec. Garrett Hoffman, 4-2.

197:  No. 15/10/12 Tom Sleigh (Buck) maj. dec. Mark Tracy (Bing), 10-0.

285:  Tyler Greene (Buck) dec. Connor Calkins (Bing), 8-5. 


New York University won a record sixth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) Wrestling Championship, defeating both Case Western Reserve University and the University of Chicago on Sunday, February 12, at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.

NYU, now 17-4 in dual meets this season and currently ranked #18 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), defeated Case Western 36-9 and then Chicago 35-3 to retain its title.

NYU is the first UAA team to win the title for six consecutive years. Chicago was victorious five straight times, from 2001-05. 

"Our expectation coming into this is to always win both matches," said Senior Assistant Coach Corey Luce. "The difference between the other titles we've won and today is that we really dominated both matches." 

In the first match, NYU dropped only the first bout (forfeit) and last bout (3-2 decision). In between, the squad posted a fall, four technical falls, a major decision, and one regular decision.

It was much of the same against Chicago in the Championship Match. The hosts were spotted a 12-0 lead after the Maroons forfeited at both 125 and 133. Chicago did win the next bout by decision, but that was the Maroons' only victory of the contest as NYU rolled on to the title. 

"Our plan was to come in here and completely dominate every single match," Luce explained. "The end goal was to have all 10 UAA Champions, but unfortunately we fell a little short (NYU wound up with seven). That's a goal to strive for next year."

Chicago placed second at the Championship by virtue of its 29-12 win over Case Western in the first match of the day. 

Prior to its first match, NYU honored its six graduating seniors: Adrian Herrera, Nick Matthews, John Messinger, Mark Papish, Nathan Pike, and Sam Schwartzapfel. 

"These are a great crop of seniors and they will be missed," Luce added. "They will be hard to replace, but we were very fortunate to have them with us."


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The Army West Point wrestling team was unable to pull out a nail-biter as Bucknell came away with a 22-16 decision at Gillis Field House Sunday afternoon.
The Black Knights fell to 6-5 on the season and 4-3 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), while the Bison improve to 11-4 overall and 8-1 in EIWA action.

Army is now 11-4 in the all-time series versus Bucknell.

The Black Knights opened the meet aggressively, earning the first takedown in the first eight matches.

Freshman Trey Chalifoux started the match with his second victory of the season over Bucknell's Jordan Gessner.

Sophomore Austin Harry earned his fourth dual victory of the season setting a new single-season personal best.

Freshman Lucas Weiland made his career debut at 157 pounds.

Freshman Cael McCormick notched his fifth pin of the season.

The victory was McCormick's first-career dual victory.

Freshman Ben Harvey documented his fifth major decision of the season.

Harvey recorded his fifth dual victory of the year.

Freshman C.J. Morgan competed in his first-career dual match.

125: Trey Chalifoux dec. over Jordan Gessner, 9-3 (Army leads, 3-0)
133: Austin Harry dec. over Joey Gould, 10-5 (Army leads, 6-0)
141: #19 Tyler Smith dec. over #16 Logan Everett, SV-1, 14-10 (Army leads, 6-3)
149: Seth Hogue dec. over Nick Noel, 15-11 (Tied, 6-6)
157: #14 Victor Lopez pins Lucas Weiland at 4:52 (Bucknell leads, 12-6)
165: Cael McCormick pins Logan Kerin at 6:38 (Tied, 12-12)
174: Ben Harvey maj. dec. over D.J. Hollingshead, 9-0 (Army leads, 16-12)
184: Garrett Hoffman dec. over Jack Wedholm, 5-4 (Army leads, 16-15)
197: #15 Tom Sleigh maj. dec. over C.J. Morgan, 14-4 (Bucknell leads, 19-16)
285: Tyler Greene dec. over Trevor Smith, 5-2 (Bucknell leads, 22-16)


The Army West Point wrestling team saw its five-match winning streak come to an end as No. 14 Lehigh captured a 28-10 victory at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall on Friday evening.

Army drops to 9-53-3 in the all-time series against the Mountain Hawks.

Senior co-captain Russ Parsons earned his fifth major decision of the season.

Junior Jack Wedholm improved to 2-0 in duals on the season with his first-career dual win at 184 lbs.

Wedholm improved to 4-0 against the Mountain Hawks on the season and 2-0 against Andrew Price.

125: #7 Darian Cruz tech. fall over Trey Chalifoux, 22-7 (Lehigh leads, 5-0)
133: #9 Scott Parker tech. fall over Austin Harry, 21-6 (Lehigh leads, 10-0)
141: #14 Randy Cruz dec. over #16 Logan Everett, 3-1 (Lehigh leads, 13-0)
149: #12 Laike Gardner tech. fall over Nick Noel, 19-1 (Lehigh leads, 18-0)
157: #16 Russ Parsons maj. dec. over Cortlandt Schuyler, 15-2 (Lehigh leads, 18-4)
165: #14 Mitch Minotti maj. dec. over Cael McCormick, 12-3 (Lehigh leads, 22-4)
174: #4 Ryan Preisch dec. over Ben Harvey, 3-1 (Lehigh leads, 25-4)
184: Jack Wedholm dec. over Andrew Price, 7-4 (Lehigh leads, 25-7)
197: Rocco Caywood dec. over Thomas Murray, 4-2 (Lehigh leads, 25-10)
285: #16 Doug Vollaro dec. over Trevor Smith, 8-3 (Lehigh leads, 28-10)


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The fourth-ranked Ithaca College wrestling team faced its fifth ranked opponent of the season on Friday evening, when it closed out its home schedule against No. 24 Wilkes University. The Bombers put the bookend of the contest with early and late excitement to down the Colonels 34-12 in front of a huge Senior Night audience.
The Bombers sent the nine members of its graduating Class of 2017 out on a high note with victories in seven of 10 bouts, which included three wins by fall to close out the match. IC also celebrated CFCU Day, while team members donned pink t-shirts and ankle wraps in support of the Ithaca College chapter of Unite for HER, an organization to promote cancer awareness and prevention.
125 LB | Jimmy Kaishian (ITHACA) def. Guessepe Rea (WILKES) (DEC 9-7)
133 LB | Chander Pankil (WILKES) def. Tito Colom (ITHACA) (DEC 5-2)
141 LB | Jessie Lopez (WILKES) def. Chris Wymer (ITHACA)  (FALL: 6:43)
149 LB | Sammy Schneider (ITHACA) def. Kyle Medrow (WILKES) (TF 19-4)
157 LB | Nick Racanelli (WILKES) def. Jawan Jones (ITHACA) (SV 5-3)
165 LB | Nick Velez (ITHACA) def. Michael Paskas (WILKES) (MD 12-2)
174 LB | Jaison White (ITHACA) def. Justin Morel (WILKES) (MD 15-6)
184 LB | Jake Ashcraft (ITHACA) def. Jacob Brook (WILKES) (FALL: 1:37)
197 LB | Carlos Toribio (ITHACA) def. Tanner Kelly (WILKES) (FALL: 0:23)
285 LB | Jake O'Brien (ITHACA) def. Jordan Nochimson (WILKES) (FALL: 2:31)
EX. | Ben Brisman (ITHACA) def. Cory Fleming (WILKES) (MD 19-7)
EX. | Demitri D'Orsaneo (ITHACA) def. John Ritter (WILKES) (DEC 9-5)
The feature bout of the evening got going right off the hop, as Ithaca's Jimmy Kaishian (8th took on the nation's second-ranked wrestler in Wilkes Guessepe Rea. The Colonels' man gained the early edge with two first-period takedowns, but Kaishian answered with two escapes to make the score 4-2 to begin the second period.
Things got heated early in the middle frame, as it appeared Kaishian scored a pair of takedowns near the edge of the mat; however, the mat official deemed that he was unable to keep a foot within the boundary.
Trailing 6-5 entering the third period, Kaishian allowed Rea to escape to up the visitor's lead to 7-5 with 1:25 remaining in the bout. With 45-seconds left in the bout the two wrestlers engaged in a fierce battle with each looking like they might come out with a two-point takedown. It was Kaishian who won out to equalize the score at 7-7; however, he needed to nearly ride out the period to whittle down Rea's substantial riding time advantage.
Kaishian did one better! He kept Rea on the mat to take the riding time under one minute, before turning Rea to his back for a two-point near-fall right as time expired. In one of the Bombers' most thrilling bouts of the season, Ithaca took an early 3-0 lead thanks to its senior captain.
It looked as though the Bombers were going to double-up their early success, as freshman Tito Colom scored a takedown within the opening moments of his 133-pound bout against Wilkes' Chander Pankil. However, the Colonels' man brought the IC rookie down for a takedown and provided a strong ride to limit the Bombers' man from further points in a 5-2 decision. The result equalized the match at 3-3.
Wilkes continued the momentum in a tightly contested 141-pound match between Ithaca's Chris Wymer and Jessie Lopez. Wymer held a 3-2 lead deep into the third period, but an excellent move by Lopez turned Wymer to his back for a pin. The result gave Wilkes its first lead of the match at 9-3.
It did not take long for Ithaca to chip away at the early deficit, as Sammy Schneider (3rd NWCA, 4th controlled things from the outset in his 149-pound bout against Kyle Medrow. The IC freshman raced out to a 10-2 advantage after the opening three minutes, scoring three takedowns and four-point near-fall as time expired.
Schneider continued to build on his substantial lead, before locking in the technical fall with less than 15-seconds remaining in the tilt. With Medrow trying to hold off the late charge, Schneider pulled an excellent move to take Medrow to the mat to score the 19-4 technical fall. The big result brought IC within a point at 9-8 heading into the 157-pound bout.
Wilkes took a 12-8 lead into the final five bouts, as Nick Racanelli was able to hold off Ithaca's Jawan Jones in a low-scoring thriller. The bout was 2-2 at the end of regulation with Racanelli repeatedly fending off advantageous positions for Jones.
The Colonels' grappler was able to ride out Jones in the second sudden-victory period, forcing Jones to score in the next transition, after he decided to begin neutral. The Bombers' man took a shot during the overtime period, but Racanelli turned the tables for the takedown in an eventual 5-3 win.
The Bombers' turned to their nationally-ranked 165-pounder Nick Velez (4th NWCA, 6th to get back in the match. The accomplished junior did not disappoint in scoring a result to level the score at 12-all with four bouts to go.
Velez jumped out to an early lead with a takedown and four-point near-fall; however, Wilkes' grappler, Michael Paskas, proved to be a scrappy foe. He conceded little to Velez throughout the middle period, taking the match the distance. Velez finally scored the bonus point he was searching for with a big takedown with a minute remaining, adding another takedown before time expired in a 12-2 major decision.
Ithaca jumped back into the lead during the 174-pound bout, as junior Jaison White looked impressive in dominating the second and third periods to score the go-ahead major decision. He notched two takedowns in the final minute to roll up the 15-6 advantage and score the bonus point to make the match 16-12.
In the blink of an eye the Bombers sealed the match in the following two weight-classes. Sophomore Jake Ashcraftovercame an early takedown to score the fall over Wilkes' Jacob Brook just 1:37 into the first period. The pin was his team-leading 13th of the season.
Carlos Toribio (4th NWCA, 2nd imposed his will in the 197-pound matchup, bulldozing Tanner Kelly in a 23-second fall. Jake O'Brien (9th put the exclamation point on the match with the Bombers' third consecutive first-period pin (2:31) to close out the 34-12 victory.


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Sophomore Ryan Burkert recorded a major decision victory at 149 pounds but that was the only win of the day for the Pride as Hofstra dropped a 40-4 decision to the Broncs of Rider University at the David S. Mack Physical Education Center Friday afternoon. The match was the rescheduled contest of the postponed affair from Thursday night.

Rider won its fourth consecutive match to improve to 10-1 on the season. Hofstra, which dropped its second consecutive contest, falls to 6-9 on the year.

The Broncs jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the match with two decision victories and a forfeit by the Pride at 141. Brendan Calas edged Pride freshman Jacob Martin, 5-3 in sudden victory at 125 to put Rider on the board. Anthony Cefolo boosted the lead with a 7-1 decision over Hofstra freshman Vinny Vespa at 133 before the Pride's forfeit at 141 put them in a 12-0 hole.

Burkert stopped the Rider run with a commanding 11-2 major decision over Jesse Rodgers at 149. It was Burkert's fourth major decision win of the season which ties him for the team lead with Vespa. Burkert is now 18-11 on the year.

Rider responded with three consecutive pins to put the match away. At 157 B.J. Clagon pinned Pride red-shirt freshman Jake Kaminsky at the 1:34 mark. Then Chad Walsh pinned red-shirt sophomore Bobby Fehr at 165 at the 5:52 mark. Then Dean Sherry pinned freshman Sage Heller at the 3:52 mark of the 174-pound match to give Rider a 30-4 lead.

The Broncs wrapped up the match with a 6-2 win at 184, a 15-4 major decision at 197 and a 3-1 sudden victory win at 285.

Rider (10-1) 40, Hofstra (6-9) 4
125: Brendan Calas (RU) dec. Jacob Martin (HU), 5-3 in SV-1  
133: Anthony Cefelo (RU) dec. Vinny Vespa (HU), 7-1|
141: Evan Fidelibus (RU) win by forfeit
149: Ryan Burkert (HU) maj. dec. Jesse Rodgers (RU), 11-2
157: Bryant Clagon (RU) WBF Jake Kaminsky (HU), 1:34
165: Chad Walsh (RU) WBF Bobby Fehr (HU), 5:52
174: Dean Sherry (RU) WBF Sage Heller (HU), 3:52
184: Michale Fagg-Daves (RU) dec. Mike Oxley (HU), 6-2
197: Ryan Wolfe (RU) maj. dec. Nezar Haddad (HU), 15-4
285: Mauro Correnti (RU) dec. Omar Haddad (HU), 3-1 in SV-1


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Despite a 5-5 match split, the Columbia wrestling team was edged by Penn, 21-20, in the final home match of the season at the Blue Gym.

In a match that started at 174 pounds, the Quakers surged to a 14-0 lead, before the Lions won the next four matches to go up, 17-14. 

Garrett Ryan put up the first Columbia win in thrilling fashion, posting a 25-10 tech fall of Tyler Hall.

Johnson Mai followed up Ryan’s victory with one of his own at 125, as the senior posted a 5-3 triumph in his final home match over Jeremy Schwartz.

Alec Kelly got a pin for the Lions in the first period, when he put Carl Antrassian on his back and ended the match at the 1:14 mark.

After Jacob Macalolooy posted an 8-1 victory at 141 to give the Lions a lead, Penn followed it up with back-to-back wins, including a major decision at 157 to take a 21-17 lead.

The final match of the night paired Tyrel White and Joe Velliquette at 165, with Columbia needing a major decision to force a tie in the team scoring. Although White was able to post a win, his 8-4 decision would not be enough as Penn earned a 21-20 victory.

Columbia is back in action next Saturday at Bucknell in the final dual of the season. 


174 - #13 Casey Kent TF Austin Coniker, 21-6

184 - Joe Heyob dec. Andrew Psomas, 10-4

197 - Frank Mattaice pinned Michael Bulkin, :59

HWT - Garrett Ryan TF Tyler Hall, 25-10

125 - Johnson Mai dec. Jeremy Schwartz, 5-3

133 - Alec Kelly pinned Carl Antrassian, 1:14

141 - Jacob Macalolooy dec. AJ Vindici, 8-1

149 - Joe Olivia dec. Sam Ward, 10-4

157 - May Bethea MD Laurence Kosoy, 12-4

165 - Tyrel White dec. Joe Velliquette, 8-4


 Tyrel White and Garrett Ryan edged out one-point victories, but it would not be enough for the Columbia wrestling team, as the Lions fell to Princeton, 32-6.

Princeton claimed wins via decision in the first three matches, before No. 17 Jordan Laster picked up a tech fall at 149, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead. 

After another Princeton victory came at 157, before White earned an impressive win himself at 165. Tied 5-5 in the third period with Leonard Merkin, White went ahead with a takedown with under a minute remaining. Merkin had the answer, putting the match in a 7-7 tie with a takedown of his own, but White's escape with under 10 seconds remaining gave the Columbia junior an 8-7 victory.

The other win for the Lions came at heavyweight, when Ryan squared off with No. 17 Ray O'Donnell. After a scoreless first period, O'Donnell picked the top position in the second and rode out Ryan for the entire period. The riding time point became locked in during the third, when O'Donnell again took the top position to start the period. Ryan answered the bell, earning a two-point reversal, to go up 2-1. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native stayed on top during the closing seconds, earning the one-point win.

Columbia will be back in action tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the final home dual of the season against Penn.


125 - Ty Agaisse dec. Johnson Mai, 8-2
133 - Pat D'Arcy dec. Alec Kelly, 7-1
141 - #4 Matthew Kolodzik dec. Jacob Macalolooy, 7-4
149 - #17 Jordan Laster TF Sam Ward, 20-4 
157 - Mike D'Angelo dec. Laurence Kosoy, 7-0
165 - Tyrel White dec. Leonard Merkin. 8-7
174 - Carlin Powell dec. Andrew Psomas, 6-3
184 - Ian Baker pinned Jacob Young, 2:00
197 - Troy Murtha pinned Michael Bulkin, :25
HWT - Garrett Ryan dec. #17 Ray O'Donnell, 2-1


The Oswego State wrestling team defeated the Oneonta Red Dragons – 19-18 – by way of tiebreaker on Wednesday evening during Senior Night. It was the first time the Lakers have earned a win against the Red Dragons since Jan. 26, 2002. Oswego improves to 5-9, while Oneonta falls to 11-6-1.

Following an 18-18 tie after the heavyweight class, the Lakers earned an extra point to secure the team win via the third tiebreaker. Both teams tied throughout the first two breakers, but Oswego secured a 55-52 advantage in total individual points and thus earned the tiebreaker point.

After Oneonta jumped out in front in the contest, 11-0, by taking the first three duals, the Lakers came storming back. Joey Bush started things off by claiming a 7-0 decision over Oneonta's Nicholas Heck. In the second period, Bush earned a near fall and then followed that up with an escape point and a takedown.

Rocco Russo kept the momentum going with an 18-3 technical fall (6:08). He was aggressive from the starting whistle, earning three takedowns and a couple of four-point near falls just in the first period. Troy Seymour (Dec. 8-2) and Trevor Hoffmier (Dec. 2-0) also earned wins during the Lakers 14-point run to reclaim the lead (14-11).

Once Oneonta got the score back to 14-14, Jordan Bushey put the Lakers in front again by earning a major decision (10-2). The No. 4 ranked 184-pounder started it off with a takedown, but then hit a stall. Bushey regathered the momentum in the final stanza, collecting a majority of his points en route to the victory.

During the evening's five exhibition matches, the Lakers earned a victory in 4-of-5 of the duals. Jon Ptacek (fall 5:45), Mark Milisci (Dec. 4-2), Jeff Lombardi (Dec. 10-4) and Vinny Darpino (Dec. 4-3) all left the mat with strong performances.

125: Dominic DeGraba (Oneonta) over Matt Stallone (Oswego) (Dec 6-3) 
133: Kevin Knox (Oneonta) over Bryan Coll (Oswego) (MD 11-2)
141: Richard Dennison (Oneonta) over Max Kutepov (Oswego) (MD 13-0) 
149: Joey Bush (Oswego) over Nicholas Heck (Oneonta) (Dec 7-0) 
157: Rocco Russo (Oswego) over Daniel Murphy (Oneonta) (TF 18-3 6:08) 
165: Troy Seymour (Oswego) over Thomas Marrone (Oneonta) (Dec 8-2) 
174: Trevor Hoffmier (Oswego) over Evan Wallace (Oneonta) (Dec 2-0) 
184: Lantze Lange (Oneonta) over Sean Maloney (Oswego) (Dec 6-4) 
197: Jordan Bushey (Oswego) over Peter Pjetri (Oneonta) (MD 10-2) 
285: James Bethel (Oneonta) over Kade Andrews (Oswego) (MD 9-1)


The Oswego State wrestling team split a pair of duals at the Cortland Tri-Match on Saturday afternoon. Oswego opened the day with a 53-0 shutout of Hunter College before falling 39-6 to the host and nationally-ranked Red Dragons. With the split, Oswego stands at 6-10 in duals on the year.
Oswego dominated the Hawks in the early dual, recording three pins, two major decisions and a decision in the victory. Matt Stallone started the Lakers out on the right foot with a pin at 2:25 in the 125-pound weight class. After Oswego earned 12 points with two forfeits from Hunter at 133 and 141, Nick Swanson earned a pin. The 149-pounder downed his counterpart in less than two minutes (1:49). Two weight classes later, 165-pound Jeff Lombardi registered the Lakers' third and final pin of the day even more quickly than Swanson. Lombardi needed just 1:27 to record his triumph.
Vincent Darpino and Sean Maloney accounted for the squad's major decisions back-to-back after Lombardi's pin. Darpino trumped Nick Brutus in the 174-pound weight class 10-2 before Maloney tallied a 12-3 win at 184.

The closest bout of the match came at 157 between Oswego's Rocco Russo and Hunter's William Heine. Tied at 4-4 after the first, Russo earned an escape in the second to draw a 5-4 advantage with one period remaining. The transfer-freshman then scored a near-fall early in the third to go up 7-4. Heine escaped for a point later in the period to create the 7-5 final.
The Lakers were able to take two decisions for six points in the loss to No. 17 Cortland. At 149-pounds, Joey Bushtrailed 5-4 entering the third period and rode out Matt Caputo whole final period to give himself exactly one minute of riding time for the point to force overtime. In the first sudden victory OT, Bush recorded a takedown and near fall for the 9-5 win. In the final weight class of the day, Kade Andrews used a waning-moments take down to capture a 3-1 victory. The opponents traded one-point escapes in the second and third periods before Andrews scored the takedown with just 19 seconds left.
Oswego will now travel to the NCAA Mideast Regionals – hosted by York College in York, Pa. – which are slated to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.  
Oswego 53, Hunter 0:
125 - Matt Stallone (OSW) pinned Hamad Amir, 2:25
133 - Anthony Ianno (OSW) won by forfeit
141 - Max Kutepov (OSW) won by forfeit
149 - Nick Swanson (OSW) pinned John Sherlock, 1:49
157 - Rocco Russo (OSW) dec. William Heine, 7-5
165 - Jeff Lombardi (OSW) pinned Gabriel Calderon, 1:27
174 - Vincent Darpino (OSW) major dec. Nick Brutus, 10-2
184 - Sean Maloney (OSW) major dec. Max Garkusha, 12-3
197 - Jordan Bushey (OSW) won by forfeit
285 - Kade Andrews (OSW) won by forfeit
Cortland 39, Oswego 6:
125 - Andrew Roden (CORT) major dec. Matt Stallone, 15-3
133 - Maverick Passaro (CORT) major dec. Anthony Ianno, 11-0
141 - Da'mani Burns (CORT) tech. fall Max Kutepov, 1:52 (19-0)
149 - Joey Bush (OSW) dec. Matt Caputo, 9-5 (sv-1)
157 - Bobby Dierna (CORT) pinned Rocco Russo, 3:10
165 - Zack Zupan (CORT) pinned Jeff Lombardi, 2:15
174 - Colin Barber (CORT) dec. Trevor Hoffmier, 2-0
184 - Deuly Espinal (CORT) tech. fall Sean Maloney, 2:00 (17-0)
197 - Nick Bellanza (CORT) pinned Mike Southwick, 5:32
285 - Kade Andrews (OSW) dec. Zach Gifford, 3-1


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Cortland, ranked 17th nationally in Division III, defeated Hunter College, 53-0, and Oswego, 39-6, as part of a tri-match wrestling event held at Corey Gymnasium. The Red Dragons improved to 15-6 on the season with the victories.

Cortland was at home for the first time this season and celebrated "Senior Day" prior the Oswego match, with seniors Colin Barber (Westfield, NJ), Nick Bellanza (East Northport), Chris Cataldo (Wantagh/MacArthur), Bobby Dierna (Webster/Wayne), Nicholas Lupi (Huntington), Brenden Nunziata (Poughkeepsie/Arlington) and Andrew Roden(Kings Park) recognized.

Cortland's victory over Hunter featured three pins, three technical falls and four forfeits. Roden pinned his opponent in 1:22 at 125 pounds, Matt Caputo (Stony Point/North Rockland) earned a pin in 32 seconds at 149 pounds, and Zack Zupan (Canastota) pinned his foe in 1:24 at 165 pounds. Dierna and Barber each recorded 21-4 technical falls at 157 and 174 pounds, respectively, and Deuly Espinal (Brooklyn/Grand Street) won by a 19-1 technical fall in just 2:22 at 184 pounds.

The Red Dragons' four forfeit wins were picked up by Maverick Passaro (Manoville/Eastport South Manor) at 133, Da'mani Burns (Newburgh/Newburgh Free Academy) at 141, Bellanza at 197 and Zach Gifford (Deposit) at 285.

Cortland won eight out of 10 matches versus Oswego. Dierna earned a pin in 3:10 at 157, Zupan notched his second pin of the day in 2:15 at 165, and Bellanza recorded a pin in 5:32 at 197. Burns won by a 19-0 technical fall in just 1:52 at 141 and Espinal was a 17-0 technical fall winner in two minutes even at 184.

The Red Dragons started the match with a pair of major decisions. Roden won 15-3 at 125 and Passaro was an 11-0 winner at 133. Barber posted a 2-0 decision at 174 by virtue of a third-period escape point and a riding time point. Oswego's two victories were a 9-5 sudden-victory win by Joey Bush at 149 and a 3-1 win by Kade Andrews at 285.

In the day's opening match, Oswego (5-10) shut out Hunter, 53-0.


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RPI Wrestling picked up a program first today, notching its first ever win over an NCAA DII program. RPI nailed down a win over American International College 28-18 in Saturday's quad meet at New England College in Henniker, NH. The Engineers also lost a tight match against the host team New England College 25-24 and lost to the #6 ranked NCAA DIII team in the country in Roger Williams University 46-12.


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The Red Dragons honored their seniors and take a 27-17 victory over visiting RIT in an afternoon matchup at Chase Gymnasium.
The match started at 125lbs when Dominic DeGraba (Dallas, PA/Dallas) won by decision to give the Red Dragons the first team points of the match, 3-0. Junior Austin Sisco(Denville, NJ/Pope John Regional) at 133 lbs. followed suit and pinned Isaiah Ocasio in 1:44 giving Oneonta early control of the match, 9-0.
The Tigers first points came at 141 lbs. when Jake Sepor took a win via decision over senior Richard Dennison (Port Jervis/Minisink Valley), 3-9. Senior Nicholas Heck (West Pittston/Wyoming Area) captured his last home victory with a decision victory (8-2).
Senior Evan Wallace (East Greenbush/Columbia) beat the Tiger's John Donohue by major decision 21-10 at 165 lbs.
RIT's Tory Cain at 174 lbs. answered with a pin against sophomore Daniel DeCarlo (Port Jervis/Port Jervis) to bring the score within three points (16-13).
RIT would take their first lead of the day when Nicholas Green won by major decision at 184 lbs. bringing the score to 17-16.
Oneonta's sophomore Peter Pjetri (Suffern/Suffern) tech fall victory over the Tiger's Chris St. Denny put the Red Dragons ahead at 21-17.
With the final match of the day to decide the dual result junior James Bethel(Saugerties/Saugerties) pinned Wyatt Morris in 1:17 to seal the deal for the Red Dragons, 27-17.
In the exhibition matches Oneonta Freshman Kevin Knox (Stormville/Carmel) would take the match by major decision 13-0. Junior Matthew Marino would add to the success of the team by winning a decision over RIT's Coty Lutz. Finishing the exhibition matches senior Andrew Werther (Islip/Islip) pinning Logan Calkins in 3:52.
The Red Dragons next matchup will be on February 25th at NCAA Northeast Regionals at Roger Williams.
Oneonta 27, RIT 17
125: (O) Dominic DeGraba (Dallas, PA/Dallas) Dec over (R) Andrew Flanagan (7-4) (3-0)
133: (O) Austin Sisco (Denville, NJ/Pope John Regional) Pin over (R) Isaiah Ocasio (1:44) (9-0)
141: (R) Jake Sepor Dec over (O) Richard Dennison (Port Jervis/Minisink Valley) (10-5) (9-3)
149: (O) Nicholas Heck (West Pittston/Wyoming Area) Dec over (R) Colby Hall (8-2) (12-3)
157: (R) Dempsey King Maj Dec over (O) Daniel Murphy (Poughkeepsie/Roy C. Ketcham) (14-4) (12-7)
165: (O) Evan Wallace (East Greenbush/Columbia) Maj Dec over (R) John Donohue (21-10)  (16-7)
174: (R) Tory Cain Pin over (O) Daniel DeCarlo (Port Jervis/Port Jervis) (1:16) (16-3)
184: (R) Nicholas Green Maj Dec over (O) Lantze Lange (Smithtown/Smithtown West)(10-0) (17-16)
197: (O) Peter Pjetri (Suffern/Suffern) Tech Fall over (R) Chris St. Denny (17-1) (21-17)
HWT: (O) James Bethel (Saugerties/Saugerties) Pin over (R) Wyatt Morris (1:17) (27-17)


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The Brockport wrestling team improved to 6-1 on the season with a 26-12 win over the University of Scranton in front of a crowd of nearly 1,500 people on Saturday. The dual meet took place amid the Section IV wrestling championships in the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC).
No. 10 Jonathan Haas got things started at 125 with a victory by fall over Nick DePierro in the first period. Haas has dropped only one bout this season so far, boasting a 22-1 record.
Dillon Stowell and Donny McCoy were up next, both going the distance with their opponents and earning major decision victories. The eight combined points gave Brockport a 14-0 lead, which ended up being more than enough to secure a victory.
No. 5 Sean Peacock kept up the pace at 149, earning the second Brockport pin of the day in 2:29 over Scranton's Kevin Pompilio.
Michael Falcon and Triston Engle had the final two wins of the day for Brockport, both coming by decision. Engle's bout at 197 was hard fought to the end, with the only point coming on a conceded escape at the beginning of the second period.


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The RIT wrestling team (9-6) rolled to a decisive 47-4 win over Penn College of Technology (1-11) on Friday evening. RIT's nine wins are now tied for the third most in one season in program history.
The Tigers took advantage of three forfeits, a medical forfeit, one pin, and two technical falls for the victory.
Andrew Flanagan (Holley, NY/Holley) opened the match with a 10-2 major decision over Ben Doll at 125 lbs. Isaiah Ocasio (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) would lead early in his match at 133 lbs. before his opponent, Chase Andrus had to bow out due to injury. At 141 lbs., Jake Sepor (Stafford, NY/Pavilion) picked up his 22nd win of the season with a 19-2 technical fall over Zach Fitzsimmons.
Colby Hall (Deposit, NY/Deposit) would rally late to defeat Joe Swank at 149 lbs., 7-5 to give RIT an 18-0 lead. Three straight forfeits at 157 lbs., 165 lbs., and 174 lbs., made it 36-0.
Nicholas Greenquist (Spring Lake, NJ/St. Rose) would win at 184 lbs., by technical fall, 17-0 before Chris St. Denny (Bridgeport, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) recorded a pin at 197 lbs., in 3:14 over Malcom Kane. It was St. Denny's first collegiate victory.


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Senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) earned the 2017 Centennial Conference Championship at the 184-pound weight class on Saturday at the Centennial Championships, hosted by Stevens Institute. This is Rooney's second conference title of his career, as he also claimed the crown back in his sophomore campaign in 2015.
He went a perfect 3-0 on the day with wins over conference opponents Nathan Wertheimer of Johns Hopkins in the first round (12-3 major decision), Rexx Hallyburton of Washington and Lee in the semifinals (7-1 decision) and Cody Richmond of Ursinus (11-6 decision) to finish first in the bracket.
Four other Mariners reached the podiums with top-three finishes – sophomore Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas) came in second place at 197, classmate Tyler Craig (Snowhegan, Maine) placed third at 133, fellow sophomore Erik Beshada (South River, N.J.) wrestled his way to third at 157 and freshman Joshua Glantzman (Allenwood, N.J.) came in third at 165.
As a team, the Mariners finished in fifth place with a total of 46 points. Stevens took the 2017 Centennial Team Championship with 95.5 points. It was the Ducks' third-straight conference title.