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Ithaca Invitational: Bombers Finish Third; Oswego's Bushey, NY Native DiNardo Win Titles

By BV, 11/05/17, 10:15AM EST


At the Ithaca Invitational, a pair of New York natives won titles - Jordan Bushey of Oswego at 184 and Michael DiNardo of Johnson and Wales at 197.

The Bombers took third overall in the standings, while Oswego was seventh, RPI took ninth and SUNY Sullivan finished 16th.   Stevens Institute of Technology and Johnson and Wales were the top two teams.

Below, please find the full placement results and recaps from the sites of some of the participating teams.


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The No. 8 Ithaca College wrestling team returned to the mats on Saturday for the final day of the 35th Annual Ithaca Invitational, hosted this season in Providence, R.I. The Bombers entered the day in third place and held steady in that position despite making a late push towards the top of the team point standings, settling for third in the 16-team field. 
Seventh-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology took home the team title at the event, rising from fifth-place to begin the day finish in the top spot with 142.0 points. No. 6 Johnson & Wales came in second-place with 138.0 points, while the Bombers finished nine points back with 129.0 points. Otterbein and Castleton rounded out the Top-5 with 100.5 and 95.5 points, respectively.
Ithaca entered the day with 13 wrestlers still alive in various championship brackets, which included a three in the 165-pound weight class and two-each at 149-, 157-, and 184-pounds. IC also had seven grapplers competing in wrestle-back bouts. That large contingent translated into 10 total place-winners at the season-opening event.
Highlighting the day's action was junior 184-pounder Jake Ashcraft, who advanced all the way to the 184-pound finals. Unfortunately, he came up just short of the weight-class title in a narrow 5-3 decision against nationally-ranked top-seed Jordan Bushey of Oswego State.
The Bombers placed four third-place wrestlers on the afternoon. Junior Ferdinand Mase took home the first of the day in a 7-1 decision over Diego Santiago of New England College at 125 pounds. Sophomore Ben Brisman scored a 10-2 major decision over Zachary Rainess of Greensboro at 141 pounds. Junior Demetri D'Orsaneo picked up Ithaca's third third-place finish in a 5-3 decision over Castleton's Max Temple. IC's final third-place finisher was nationally-ranked senior Nick Velez, who won a 5-4 decision over Richard Viruet of Springfield Technical Community College.
Ithaca had three other wrestlers post fourth-place finishes on the day. Sophomore Tito Colom earned the place at 133-pounds, while senior Jaison White scored his at 184-pounds. Junior Jawan Jones also earned the mark at 157-pounds. Other place-winners for IC included: Greg Lee (157), Steven Rice (174).


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The Oswego State wrestling team concluded its participation at the Ithaca College Invitational tied for seventh place with Western New England College out of 16 institutions. Oswego had four wrestlers place in the top six of their weight class.

All-American Jordan Bushey picked up where he left off in 2016-17, claiming first place among all 184-pounders. The sophomore went 5-0 to start his season, accounting for 20 of the Lakers' 69.0 team points. Three of his wins came by decision, including a 4-1 semifinal victory and a 5-3 triumph in the championship bout. Bushey also had two falls over Friday and Saturday, winning his first match by pin at 1:43 and the quarterfinal at 3:23.

In the same weight class, Jeff Lombardi also placed, grabbing fifth place. The junior went 6-2 over the two-day invitational, capping the weekend with an impressive 11-1 major decision in the fifth-place match against Castleton University's Mitchell LaFlam. Lombardi accumulated another major decision in his opening bout and then strung together four-straight wins, the first two by first-period falls and the final pair by decision.

At 157-pounds, Joey Bush scored 12.50 team points by finishing fifth. Like Lombardi, Bush dominated in the fifth-place bout, shutting out his Ithaca counterpart 8-0 for a major decision. In all, Bush went 4-2 with a technical fall, major decision and two decisions.

Heavyweight Andrew Tanner went 4-3 for a sixth-place showing. The freshman won his first two matchups to make it to the quarterfinal, where he fell by pin late. Tanner than pinned his next two opponents in the first period before dropping his final two matches.

RIT Recap

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The RIT wrestling team opened the 2017-18 season by placing ninth out of 16 teams at the Ithaca Invitational on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. The Tigers recorded a team score of 66.5 points. 

Freshman Zach Stedeford advanced to the finals at 149 lbs., winning four matches. After a first-round bye, he defeated Marvin Cunningham of Johnson & Wales with a fall at 1:06. Stedeford defeated Benjamin Forsman of Norwich 13-3 in a second round match and advanced to the semifinals after opponent Dylan Van Sickell of Springfield College was disqualified in the quarterfinals. Stedeford continued his winning ways by defeating Demetri D'Orsaneo of Ithaca in the semifinals by a score of 4-1. Stedeford has his excellent run halted by Baltazar Gonzalez of American International College in the championship.

Making his collegiate debut, Kaidon Winters finished fifth at 165 lbs., recording a 6-2 mark. Both of his losses in the championship and consolation rounds were against Nick Velez of Ithaca, who is ranked fifth nationally. Two of Winters' wins came by fall and one came by technical fall. In the fifth place match against Adrian Gonzalez of Johnson and Wales, Winters found himself trailing 6-0 heading into the third period before rallying to tie the match. In the third overtime Winters recorded a near-fall to earn the win.

Freshman Matt Cicco finished fifth overall at 197 lbs., with a 4-3 mark. Cicco defeated Tanner Nielsen of Ithaca College with a fall at 4:42 in his second-round match, before falling to Khamri Thomas of Johnson & Wales in the semifinals, 5-4. Cicco won two matches in the consolation rounds, advancing to the fifth-place match, which he won by medical forfeit.

Junior co-captain Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) finished 3-2 at 184 lbs. He defeated Tyron Dudley of Greensboro College with an 11-1 major decision in his first match and went on to beat Severian Burgos of Springfield College 8-7 in his second-round match. He lost to Jordan Bushey of SUNY Oswego, ranked seventh nationally in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Cutugno would earn a win by major decision in the consolation rounds.

Junior co-captain Cole Murphy (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) also went 3-2 at 149 lbs., winning his opening match, while earning a pair of wins in consolation round, including one by pin. Senior Andrew Flanagan (Holley, NY/Holley) went 2-2 at 125 lbs., while Ezekiel Thomas (Waterford, NY/Albany Academy) (157 lbs.) and Coty Lutz (Forestport, NY/Adirondack) (157 lbs.) won matches in their respective weight classes.

First-year grappler Andrew Chase was 3-2 at 149 lbs. with one win by fall and two by technical fall, while classmates Shane Murphy (141 lbs.), Zarek Thomas (149 lbs.), Adam Green (165 lbs.), Trevor Snow (174 lbs.) and Owen Albanese (285 lbs.) all earned their first collegiate victories. Snow also took Troy Seymour of Oswego, ranked seventh nationally, the distance in a 5-3 defeat.


125 Results
1st Place - Yoseph Borai of Stevens Institute Of Technology
2nd Place - Troy Gassaway of Castleton University
3rd Place - Ferdinand Mase of Ithaca
4th Place - Diego Santiago of New England College
5th Place - Jackson Lakso of Otterbein University
6th Place - Nicholas Arborio of Western New England

133 Results
1st Place - Troy Stanich of Stevens Institute Of Technology
2nd Place - Jay Albis of Johnson & Wales (RI)
3rd Place - Jacob Forsman of Norwich
4th Place - Tito Colom of Ithaca
5th Place - Nicholas Camacho of Castleton University
6th Place - Tim McLinden of Western New England

141 Results
1st Place - Joseph Ferinde of Johnson & Wales (RI)
2nd Place - Brett Kaliner of Stevens Institute Of Technology
3rd Place - Ben Brisman of Ithaca
4th Place - Zachary Rainess of Greensboro
5th Place - Michael Derin of Stevens Institute Of Technology
6th Place - Ben Billings of Castleton University

149 Results
1st Place - Baltazar Gonzalez of American International College
2nd Place - Zach Stedeford of Rochester Institute of Technology
3rd Place - Demetri D`Orsaneo of Ithaca
4th Place - Max Temple of Castleton University
5th Place - Dylan Van Sickell of Stevens Institute Of Technology
6th Place - Jordan Robinson of Johnson & Wales (RI)

157 Results
1st Place - Zach Wilhelm of Stevens Institute Of Technology
2nd Place - Kearney Gutierrez of Springfield
3rd Place - Brady Robin of Johnson & Wales (RI)
4th Place - Jawan Jones of Ithaca
5th Place - Joey Bush of SUNY-Oswego
6th Place - Greg Lee of Ithaca

165 Results
1st Place - Thomas Poklikuha of Stevens Institute Of Technology
2nd Place - Willy Plaisir of Otterbein University
3rd Place - Nick Velez of Ithaca
4th Place - Richard Viruet of Springfield Tech CC
5th Place - Kaidon Winters of Rochester Institute of Technology
6th Place - Adrian Gonzalez of Johnson & Wales (RI)

174 Results
1st Place - Michael Gargano of Johnson & Wales (RI)
2nd Place - Malik Settles of New England College
3rd Place - Jacob Berry of Springfield Tech CC
4th Place - Joey Tromba of Otterbein University
5th Place - Seon Bowker of Johnson & Wales (RI)
6th Place - Steven Rice of Ithaca

184 Results
1st Place - Jordan Bushey of SUNY-Oswego
2nd Place - Jake Ashcraft of Ithaca
3rd Place - John Boyle of Western New England
4th Place - Jaison White of Ithaca
5th Place - Jeff Lombardi of SUNY-Oswego
6th Place - Mitchell LaFlam of Castleton University

197 Results
1st Place - Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales (RI)
2nd Place - Kyle McQuaide of Johnson & Wales (RI)
3rd Place - Khamri Thomas of Johnson & Wales (RI)
4th Place - Drew Kasper of Otterbein University
5th Place - Matt Cicco of Rochester Institute of Technology
6th Place - Andrew Cole of Western New England

285 Results
1st Place - Jesse Webb of Castleton University
2nd Place - Joe Fusco of Springfield
3rd Place - Nate Temple of Otterbein University
4th Place - Jenard Rosemand of American International College
5th Place - Michael Larm of Johnson & Wales (RI)
6th Place - Andrew Tanner of SUNY-Oswego