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NYU Captures the Ned McGinley Invite with 5 Champs

By BV, 11/05/17, 11:00AM EST


Cortland's Puca; NY Native Barbaria Win Titles

NYU captured the team championship at the season opening Ned McKinley Invitational at King's College, with five wrestlers earning individual titles - Matt Noble, Sean Lyons, Evan Drill, Ray Jazikoff and Jack LaCorte.

SUNY Cortland's Joseph Puca grabbed the 174 pound crown, while New York native Nick Barbaria (Roger Williams) was the 125 pound champ.

Cortland nabbed third in the team standings, while Oneonta was fifth.

For the full placement results and recaps from some of the participating schools, see below.


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The New York University wrestling team opened its 2017-18 season on Saturday, November 4, at the Ned McGinley Invitational, which was hosted by King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

NYU tallied 158 team points to win the 12-team event. York College (PA) (146.5) and SUNY Cortland (131) also finished among the top three, while Roger Williams University (127.5) and SUNY Oneonta (87.5) rounded out the top five.

Five of the 10 weight classes were won by NYU grapplers as sophomore Matt Noble (133 pounds), sophomore Sean Lyons (141 pounds), sophomore Evan Drill (149 pounds), senior captain Raymond Jazikoff (157 pounds), and sophomore Jack La Corte (197 pounds) each won their respective championships. 

"Our guys came out today and wrestled tough," said Senior Assistant Coach Corey Luce. "They put up big bonus points in the majority of their matches which helped us a ton in the team scoring."

Noble dominated the 133-pound bracket, winning all four of his bouts via a first-period pin. Lyons picked up three of his five wins by fall and Jazikoff won three by major decision and one by technical fall while only allowing one point to be scored on him in five matches.

Nine of the 20 wrestlers competing for NYU reached the semifinal round and 12 placed within the top six in their weight class.

"This was a great test for our team with a lot of tough teams competing," added Luce.

- Sophomore Dante Montanaro was unseeded and made it all the way to the 141-pound title match where he fell to Lyons.

- Senior captain Matthew Coppola (149 pounds) finished in third place. His only loss of the day came in overtime after a tight semifinal match against Drill.


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Sophomore J.P. Puca (Huntington) finished first at 174 pounds and four other Red Dragons earned runner-up finishes as nationally 11th-ranked Cortland opened the season at the King's College Ned McGinley Invitational.

Cortland finished third in the team standings behind NYU and York College (Pa.). 

Puca went 4-0 on his way to the 174-pound title. He opened with an 18-3 technical fall, followed by two pins. He won by injury default in the title match.

Senior Josh Antoine (Brooklyn/Grand Street) finished 4-1 with four pins to place second at 125 pounds. Junior Matt Caputo (Stony Point/North Rockland) was second at 149 pounds, senior and nationally fifth-ranked Deuly Espinal (Brooklyn/Grand Street) was second at 184 pounds, and freshman Ryan O'Shea (Levittown/MacArthur) ended second at 285 pounds, all with 3-1 records.

Antoine posted his four pins at 125 versus a wrestler from Wilkes, two from Oneonta, and one from York. He lost to Nick Barbaria of Roger Williams in the title match, 5-4. Caputo opened with a pin in 40 seconds and an 18-0 technical fall at 149. He knocked off nationally fourth-ranked Gregory Warner of York, 5-3 in overtime, in the semifinals, then lost by injury default in the championship match.

Espinal dominated his first three matches at 184 with a 19-3 technical fall and two pins. He was edged in the finals, 5-4, by York's Francis Krauss. O'Shea started his run at 285 with a pin, followed by a pair of 4-2 decisions. He lost in the finals to Stefanos Karpontinis of York, 2-0.

Seniors Greg Chery (Ronkonkoma/Connetquot) and Adrian Berry (Uniondale) also placed for Cortland at the tournament. Chery finished fifth at 157 pounds with a 4-2 record. Berry was sixth at 165 pounds with an official mark of 3-1; he medically forfeited his last two matches.


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The SUNY Oneonta wrestling team opened up their season at the Ned McGinley Invitational tournament with a 5th place finish. The Red Dragons scored a total of 87.5 points on the day.

The highest finish of the day was by 197 lbs. junior Peter Pjetri (Suffern/Suffern) who came in second place. Pjetri took the first four matches before getting knocked off in a close 6-4 decision in the championship to Jack La Corte of New York University. The first match, he took down Michael Reinhart of York by major decision, 15-2. He won the next three via decision to finish the day 4-1.

In the 133 lbs. class, sophomore Kevin Knox (Stormville/Carmel) took third place with two decision victories coming the consolation bracket. In the top half of the bracket, Knox opened up his season with a pin in 4:30 over Zack Dwyer of York to advance to the third round. Knox's lone loss on the day came to Matthew Noble of New York University, via pin. Noble would go on to take the championship at 133.

At the 141 lbs. class, senior Austin Sisco (Denville, NJ/Pope John) started the day at the top of the bracket. His opening match he pinned Jarett Legg of Roger Williams in 56 seconds.  He followed suit and pinned his next opponent the same way. He fell to Dante Montanaro in the quarter finals to get moved to the consolation bracket. In the wrestle backs, he beat three opponents before he reached his limit of six NCAA matches in a day.


125 Results
1st Place - Nick Barbaria of Roger Williams
2nd Place - Josh Antoine of SUNY-Cortland
3rd Place - Dakota Quick of King`s College 
4th Place - Colby Bronzburg of Keystone College 
5th Place - Kyle Trout of Wilkes
6th Place - Dylan Nuttall of York (PA)

133 Results
1st Place - Matthew Noble of New York University 
2nd Place - Paul Miller of Keystone College 
3rd Place - Kevin Knox of Oneonta State
4th Place - Tristan Haviland of Roger Williams
5th Place - Trevor Sones of York (PA)
6th Place - Andrew Desousa of Oneonta State

141 Results
1st Place - Sean Lyons of New York University 
2nd Place - Dante Montanaro of New York University 
4th Place - Austin Sisco of Oneonta State
4th Place - Matt Elias of Roger Williams
5th Place - Anthony Messina of Oneonta State
6th Place - Austin Sherman of Muhlenberg College 

149 Results
1st Place - Evan Drill of New York University 
2nd Place - Matt Caputo of SUNY-Cortland
3rd Place - Matt Coppola of New York University 
4th Place - Justin Cochran of Roger Williams
5th Place - Gregory Warner of York (PA)
6th Place - Tyler Brazinski of Oneonta State

157 Results
1st Place - Raymond Jazikoff of New York University 
2nd Place - Eric Hutchinson of York (PA)
3rd Place - Tyler Gazaway of Roger Williams
4th Place - Michael Dougan of Muhlenberg College 
5th Place - Greg Chery of SUNY-Cortland
6th Place - John Sheedy of Scranton

165 Results
1st Place - Domenic DeMarco of Camden CC
2nd Place - Jackson Drum of York (PA)
4th Place - David Keith of York (PA)
4th Place - Dylan Schwartz of Muhlenberg College 
5th Place - Peter Hilburn of Roger Williams
6th Place - Adrian Berry of SUNY-Cortland

174 Results
1st Place - Joseph Puca of SUNY-Cortland
2nd Place - Joseph Sindoni of York (PA)
3rd Place - Taylor Shay of Roger Williams
4th Place - Maykel Dolorit of New York University 
5th Place - Matt O`Donnell of Camden CC
6th Place - Ryan Marszal of Oneonta State

184 Results
1st Place - Francis Krauss of York (PA)
2nd Place - Deuly Espinal of SUNY-Cortland
3rd Place - Connor Humphries of Roger Williams
4th Place - Jesse Huber of York (PA)
5th Place - Jackson Kligerman of New York University 
6th Place - Lantze Lange of Oneonta State

197 Results
1st Place - Jack La Corte of New York University 
2nd Place - Peter Pjetri of Oneonta State
3rd Place - Gennaro Cerminara of Muhlenberg College 
4th Place - Keegan Connelly of Scranton
5th Place - Hasan Alic of York (PA)
6th Place - Timothy Flower of Oneonta State

285 Results
1st Place - Stefanos Karpontinis of York (PA)
2nd Place - Ryan O`Shea of SUNY-Cortland
3rd Place - John Shorter of York (PA)
4th Place - Santino Pelusi of New York University 
5th Place - Jacob Lill of New York University 
6th Place - Ralph Bernardo of King`s College