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Hughes, Piccininni Among Standouts at Journeymen/MyHouse Northeast Duals & Collegiate Classic

By BV, 11/13/17, 1:15PM EST


High quality wrestling took place on Saturday and Sunday in the Albany area at the Journeymen/MyHouse Northeast Duals and Collegiate Classic. 

The individual round robin Collegiate Classic on Sunday featured a number of battles between highly ranked wrestlers, including a one-point win for Scott Parker of Lehigh over Kaid Brock of Oklahoma State in the 133A finals that earned Parker the "Hammer" Award.

Several New York wrestlers won their brackets, including "A" bracket victories for Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State (Ward Melville HS) at 125 and Mike Hughes of Hofstra at heavyweight.

After last weekend's All-Star Classic victory over NCAA champ Darian Cruz (who was in a different bracket on Sunday), Piccininni kept the momentum going with three decisive wins.

Hughes recorded a pin and two shutout decisions, including a 1-0 victory in the finals over Derek White of Oklahoma State.

Additional New York wrestlers to win their pools were:

Tommy Cox (NC State, Deer Park HS), 125C

Tito Colom (Ithaca), 133D

Knox Fuller (Army West Point), 149C

Joe Calderone (LIU Post), 149D

Sam Schneider (Ithaca), 157C

TJ Fabian (LIU Post), 157D

Nick Velez (Ithaca), 165C

Noah Stewart (Army West Point), 184B

Jeremiah Imonode (Army West Point), 184C

Jaison White (Ithaca), 184D

Rocco Caywood (Army West Point), 197B

For top four placers from the individual tournament plus more on Saturday's action at the Journeymen/MyHouse Northeast Duals, see below.

Full dual results are available at this link.




Championship: Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) over Kyle Norstrem (Virginia Tech)

3rd: Will Bardezbain (Kent State) over Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point)


Championship: Darian Cruz (Lehigh) over Luke Werner (Lock Haven)

3rd: Jacob Martin (Hofstra) over Conner Ziegler (Army West Point)

125 C:

Championship: Thomas Cox (NC State) over Kevin Meloni (Castleton)

3rd: Frank Darwak (Castleton) over Nicholas Conetta (LIU Post)


Championship: Scott Parker (Lehigh) over Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State)

3rd: Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech) over Anthony Tutolo (Kent State)


Championship: DJ Fehlman (Lock Haven) over Lane Peters (Army West Point)

3rd: Garrett Lambert (Hofstra) over Andrew Szalwinski (The Citadel)


Championship: Jamel Morris (NC State) over Tariq Wilson (NC State)

3rd: Nick Farro (Lehigh) over Alex Mackall (Rutgers)


Championship: Tito Colom (Ithaca) over Nicholas Camacho (Castleton)

3rd: Bryan Romero (LIU Post) over Nicholas Long (The Citadel)


Championship: Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) over Luke Karam (Lehigh)

3rd: Jack Mutchik (American) over Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven)


Championship: Michael Magaldo (Oklahoma State) over Brent Moore (Virginia Tech)

3rd: Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) over Pete Lipari (Rutgers)


Championship: Tim Rooney (Kent State) over Ben Brisman (Ithaca)

3rd: Andrew Mehrholz (Virginia Tech) over Charlie Kane (Hofstra)


Championship: Geordan Martinez (Oklahoma State) over Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech)

3rd: Ronald Perry (Lock Haven) over Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel)


Championship: Tristan Moran (Oklahoma State) over Nicholas Monaco (Kent State)

3rd: Jamal Morris (NC State) over Robbie Rizzolino (NC State)


Championship: Knox Fuller (Army West Point) over Jake Keating (Virginia)

3rd: Connor Muli (Hofstra) over Elijah Murphy (American)


Championship: Joseph Calderone (LIU Post) over Max Tempel (Castleton)

3rd: Demetri Dorsaneo (Ithaca) over Matt Conte (American)


Championship: Ian Brown (Lehigh) over Luke Weiland (Army West Point)

3rd: Alex Klucker (Lock Haven) over Jonce Blaylock (Oklahoma State)


Championship: Eric Hong (American) over Kent Lane (Lehigh)

3rd: BC Laprade (Virginia Tech) over Wyatt Sheets (Oklahoma State)


Championship: Sam Schneider (Ithaca) over Beau Guffey (Army West Point)

3rd: Rian Burris (The Citadel) over Michael Murphy (Virginia)


Championship: TJ Fabian (LIU Post) over Cameron Milliken (Castleton)

3rd: Richard Jackson (Kent State) over Jawan Jones (Ithaca)


Championship: Chance Marstellar (Lock Haven) over Cole Walter (Lehigh)

3rd: Andrew Mendel (Army West Point) over Drew Longo (Lehigh)


Championship: David McFadden (Virginia Tech) over Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State) 

3rd: Gordon Wolf (Lehigh) over Sage Heller (Hofstra)


Championship: Nick Velez (Ithaca) over Jared Costa (Castleton)

3rd: Anthony Fano (Ithaca) over Bryce Dempsey (American)


Championship: Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) over Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State)

3rd: Ben Harvey (Army West Point) over Willie Scott (Ru


Championship: Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) over Dylan Barreiro (Kent State)

3rd:Jared Siegrist (Lock Haven) over Matt McGillick (The Citadel)


Championship: Lane Hinkle (Kent State) over Dan Arkow (LIU Post)

3rd: Graham Ratermann (Army West Point) over Michael Lopouchanski (The Citadel)


Championship: Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) over Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech)

3rd: Keegan Moore (Oklahoma State) over Jack Wedholm (Army West Point)


Championship: Noah Stewart (Army West Point) over Colin McCracken (Kent State)

3rd: Trey Hartsock (Lock Haven) over Prince Hyeamang (American)


1st: Jeremiah Imonode (Army West Point)

2nd: Jake Ashcraft (Ithaca)

3rd: Shane Mast (Kent State)

4th: Chandler Sambets (The Citadel)


1st: Jaison White (Ithaca)

2nd: Abraham Correa-Medina (American)

3rd: Dan McClure (LIU Post)

4th: Mitchell Laflam (Castleton)


Championship: Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) over Chris Weiler (Lehigh)

3rd: Jeric Kasunic (American) over Andrew Marsden (Oklahoma State)


Championship: Rocco Caywood (Army West Point) over Sawyer Root (The Citadel)

3rd: Kevin Mulligan (Rutgers) over Nezar Haddad (Hofstra)


Championship: Michael Hughes (Hofstra) over Derek White (Oklahoma State)

3rd: Jordan Wood (Lehigh) over Brett Dempsey (American)




Hofstra's 11th-ranked senior Michael Hughes won two matches on the mat and junior Ryan Burkert won one as the Pride dropped dual matches to the Golden Flashes of Kent State and the Boilermakers of Purdue in the Journeymen Northeast Duals at Shenendehowa High School Saturday afternoon.

Hofstra is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.

In the first match of the day against the undefeated Golden Flashes of Kent State (5-0), Hofstra was staked to a 6-0 advantage on a forfeit to Pride sophomore Jacob Martin. But Kent State won the next eight matches, including two major decisions, to build the 26-6 lead. Hughes closed out the contest for the Pride with a first period pin of junior Devin Nye at 285 for the 26-12 final score.

In the nightcap against Purdue (3-0), the Boilermakers, who upset 22nd-ranked North Carolina, 31-6 earlier in the day, opened the match with three consecutive tech falls to build a 15-0 lead. Hofstra's Ryan Burkert (2-1) stopped the run by edging Austin Nash, 2-0, at 149. Purdue then won the next five matches, including a tech fall and a major decision, to boost the lead to 33-3. Once again, Hughes, who is now 3-0 on the season, ending the match on a high note with an 8-0 major decision over red-shirt freshman Shawn Streck.
Kent State 26, Hofstra 12
125 – Jacob Martin (HU) wins by forfeit
133 – Anthony Tutolo (KSU) dec. Vinny Vespa (HU), 6-3
141 – Tim Rooney (KSU) maj. dec. Connor Burkert (HU), 11-2
149 – Nick Monico (KSU) dec. Ryan Burkert (HU), 5-3
157 – #18 Casey Sparkman (KSU) maj. dec. Ricky Stamm (HU), 16-7
165 – Isaac Bast (KSU) dec. Sage Heller (HU), 9-4
174 – Dylan Barreiro (KSU) dec. Bobby Fehr (HU), 5-2
184 – Colin McCracken (KSU) dec. Cory Damiana (HU), 6-5
197 – Stephen Suglio (KSU) dec. Nezar Haddad (HU), 5-1
285 – #11 Michael Hughes (HU) WBF Davin Nye (KSU), 1:22

Purdue 33, Hofstra 7
125 – Luke Welch (PU) tech fall Jacob Martin (HU), 16-1
133 – Ben Thornton (PU) tech fall Vinny Vespa (HU), 16-0
141 – Nate Limmex (PU) tech fall Connor Burkert (HU), 19-4
149 – Ryan Burkert (HU) dec. Austin Nash (PU), 2-0
157 – Griffin Parriott (PU) dec. Ricky Stamm (HU), 6-2
165 – Jacob Morrissey (PU) tech fall Sage Heller (HU), 16-0
174 – Dylan Lydy (PU) dec. Bobby Fehr (HU), 8-2          
184 – Max Lyon (PU) maj. dec. Cory Damiana (HU), 11-3
197 - #18 Christian Brunner (PU) dec. Nezar Haddad (HU), 6-3
285 – #11 Michael Hughes (HU) maj. dec. Shawn Streck (PU), 8-0


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The No. 8 Ithaca College wrestling team was in the Capital Region for the first of two days on Saturday when it saw its first duel meet action of the season at the Journeymen Northeast Duels. The Bombers went 1-1 on the day, defeating Castleton in the opening match of the day 31-10, before falling to nationally-ranked North Carolina State in a cross-divisional matchup. 

Ithaca began the day with a comfortable victory over Castleton in a 31-10 victory. The Bombers took seven of 10 bouts in the contest, scoring bonus victories in five of its seven triumphs. Highlighting the action were two victories by fall, as 141-pounder Ben Brisman and 184-entrant No. 10 Jake Ashcraft each locked in the full six points to help IC pull away for the 21-point margin over the Spartans.
Castleton took the early lead in the match with a 13-11 decision over IC's first-year grappler Johnny Stramiello; however, sophomore 133-pounder Tito Colom pushed Ithaca back ahead with an 18-6 major decision to make the score 4-3. After Brisman's first-period pin of Castleton's Billings extended the Ithaca advantage to 10-3, IC never looked back in taking five of the final seven bouts.
In addition to Brisman, Ashcraft and Colom, two other Bombers scored bonus points in the opening match of the day. In his first action of the season, Sammy Schneider (5th NWCA; 157) scored an 11-2 major decision to extend Ithaca's lead in the match to 14-6. Nick Velez (5th NWCA; 165) racked up a second-period technical fall one bout later to extend the lead to 19-6.
Fifth-ranked Jake O'Brien (5th NWCA) put the cap on the match with a 2-0 decision over Castleton's Jesse Webb to close out the 31-10 victory. It was the first action of the season for the 2016 NCAA All-American.
The Bombers continued the day with a solid performance against an NC State squad that is nationally-ranked in NCAA Division I. Ithaca picked up victories in three bouts, as Brisman, Schneider and Ashcraft all continued their strong outings. Unfortunately, the Wolf Pack were too strong despite a valiant effort for IC's grapplers in a 30-12 defeat.
Brisman scored a 6-4 victory at 141 pounds, while Schneider picked up a 5-2 decision at 157 pounds. Ashcraft scored a second period tap-out from NC State's Nicky Hall to earn the Bombers other six team points in the match.

No. 8 Ithaca 31 - Castleton 10
125: Darwick (CAST) def. Stramiello (ITHACA) | DEC: 13-11 | Castleton  3-0 
133: Colom (ITHACA) def. Camacho (CAST) | MD: 18-6 | Ithaca 4-3 
141: Brisman (ITHACA) def. Billings (CAST) | Fall: 0:37 | Ithaca 10-3 
149: Temple (CAST) def. D'Orsaneo (ITHACA) | DEC: 8-3 | Ithaca 10-6 
157: Schneider (ITHACA) def. Milliken (CAST) | MD: 11-2 | Ithaca 14-6 
165: Velez (ITHACA) def. Costa (CAST) | TF: 4:14 | Ithaca 19-6 
174: Rice (ITHACA) def. Viens (CAST) | DEC: 4-2 | Ithaca 22-6 
184: Ashcraft (ITHACA) def. Laflam (CAST) | Fall: 1:14 | Ithaca 28-6 
197: Stephens (CAST) def. Elias (ITHACA) | MD: 12-4 | Ithaca 28-10 
HWT: O'Brien (ITHACA) def. Webb (CAST) | DEC: 2-0 | Ithaca 31-10

NC State 30 - Ithaca 12
125: Cox (NCST) def. Stramiello (ITHACA) |  Fall: 2:28 | NC State 6-0 
133: Wilson (NCST) def. Colom (ITHACA) | MD: 16-5 | NC State 10-0 
141: Brisman (ITHACA) def. Clark (NCST) | DEC: 6-4 | NC State 10-3 
149: Morris (NCST) def. D'Orsaneo (ITHACA) | MD: 16-3 | NC State 14-3 
157: Schneider (ITHACA) def. Rizzolino (NCST) | DEC: 5-2 | NC State 14-6 
165: Hamann (NCST) def. Velez (ITHACA) | DEC: 6-3 | NC State 17-6 
174: Bullard (NCST) def. Rice (ITHACA) | Fall: 2:13 | NC State 23-6 
184: Ashcraft (ITHACA) def. Hall (NCST) | Fall: 4:06 | NC State 23-12 
197: Johnson (NCST) def. Elias (ITHACA) | DEC: 11-7 | NC State 26-12 
HWT: McDonald (NCST) def. O'Brien (ITHACA) | MD: 11-3 | NC State 30-12 


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The LIU Post wrestling team competed at the Northeast Collegiate Duals, going 2-1. The Pioneers defeated Castleton in the opening match of the day 32-12, before falling to nationally-ranked Ithaca (22-13) and Purdue (49-0) in a cross-divisional matchup.
LIU Post began the day with a comfortable victory over Castleton in a 32-12 victory. After falling 3-6 to the Spartans, the Pioneers took the next seven matches. Highlighting the action were two victories by fall, as 149-pounder Joseph Calderone and 157-entrant T.J. Fabian locked in the full six points to help LIU Post pull away for the 20-point margin over the Spartans.
The Pioneers continued the day with a solid performance against an Ithaca squad that is nationally-ranked in NCAA Division III. LIU Post picked up victories in four bouts, as Nick Conetta, Calderone, Fabian, and Dan Arkow all continued their strong outing. Unfortunately, the Bombers were too strong despite a valiant effort for LIU post's grapplers in a 22-13 defeat.
Conetta scored a 11-7 victory at 125 pounds, while Calderone picked up a major decision win, 10-0, at 149-pounds. Fabian (6-4), and Arkow (4-2) both earned victories to earn LIU Post's other six team points in the match.
Division I Purdue earned wins in all of the 10 matches, as Calderone was defeated by a narrow 3-2 decision. Purdue defeated three of the Pioneers via pin fall en route to a 49-0 victory.