January 29, 2009


Red Dragons happy at home

Red Dragons

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Peppy Cabrera of SUNY Cortland grabs the leg of Oswego’s Scott McGregor in the opening 125-pound match Wednesday at Corey Gymnasium. Cabrera won a 13-1 decision as the Red Dragons rolled to 31-6 victory.

SUNY Cortland wrestlers finally got a chance to show off at home.
The Red Dragons made their first Corey Gymnasium appearance of the 2008-09 campaign and cruised to a 31-6 victory over Oswego Wednesday night, capturing eight of 10 weight classes.
Cortland, ranked 29th nationally in Division III, is now 9-6 in duals while the visiting Lakers fall to 2-9.
Senior Peppy Cabrera opened for Cortland with a 13-1 major decision at 125 pounds. Junior Dave Colagiovanni followed with a 5-1 decision at 133 pounds and sophomore Joey Widrick’s forfeit victory at 141 pounds gave Cortland a 13-0 lead.
Oswego got on the board when freshman Blake Fisher posted a 9-7 overtime victory over Kevin Sackett. Fisher trailed 7-3 after the first period, but used an escape and a takedown in the second period to close to within 7-6. Fisher then rode out the third period to earn an advantage time point and force overtime. Fisher won the match with a takedown 16 seconds into the first one-minute sudden-victory period.
Cortland rebounded with wins in the next three matches.
Sophomore Cory Mahoney took a 9-3 decision at 157 pounds and junior Will Brodfuehrer defeated Andrew Greenlaw 3-1 at 165 pounds on a takedown with 20 seconds remaining. Junior Mike Ciaburri edged Craig Becker 2-1 at 174 pounds as his takedown late in the first period held up.
Oswego’s other victory came at 184 pounds when Thomas Lester (Amherst) won 3-0 over Jon Potts. Lester broke a scoreless tie with a reversal early in the second period and added an advantage time point for the final margin.
Cortland freshman George Dobrovosky won by forfeit at 197 pounds and junior heavyweight Joe Murphy closed the evening with a 6-2 victory.
The Red Dragons are back in action this weekend at the Jamestown CC Open, scheduled to get underway on Saturday.

Cortland 31, Oswego 6
125- Peppy Cabrera (C) major dec. Scott McGregor, 13-1. 133- Dave Colagiovanni (C) dec. Paul Slaver, 5-1. 141- Joey Widrick (C) won by forfeit. 149- Blake Fisher (Osw) dec. Kevin Sackett, 9-7, OT. 157- Cory Mahoney (C) dec. Tony DeFranco, 9-3. 165- Will Brodfuehrer (C) dec. Andrew Greenlaw, 3-1. 174- Mike Ciaburri (C) dec. Craig Becker, 2-1. 184- Thomas Lester (Osw) dec. Jon Potts, 3-0. 197-George Dobrovosky (C) won by forfeit. Hwt- Joe Murphy (C) dec. Eric Leusch, 6-2
Exhibition: Mike Howard (Osw) dec. Mike Pagano, 6-5; Gage Banker (Osw) dec. Eric Ekstrom, 3-1; Ian Clark (C) pinned Marcus D’Urso, 1:54

NWCA Division III Rankings
(As of Jan. 27)
1. Augsburg (Minn.) 9-2, 2. Wartburg (Iowa) 13-1, 3. Delaware Valley (Pa.) 15-1-1, 4. Coe College (Iowa) 13-4, 5. Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-3), 6. North Central (Illinois) 14-2, 7. Ithaca 7-1, 8. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 7-1, 9. Wisconsin-La Crosse 17-6, 10. Wisconsin-Stevens Point (12-3)
11. Heidelberg (Oh.) 11-3, 12. Merchant Marine 8-4, 13. Elmhurst (Ill.) 10-7, 14. Dubuque (Iowa) 5-4, 15. Cornell College (Iowa) 13-7, 16. Olivet (Mich.) 10-4, 18. The College of New Jersey 11-1, 19. Luther College (Iowa) 6-8-1, 20. Wilkes (Pa.) 12-5-1
21. Brockport 5-1, 22. Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 14-5, 23. John Carroll (Oh.) 9-4, 25. Rhode Island College 9-2-1, 27. Springfield (Mass.) 7-5, 28. Messiah (Pa.) 8-10, 29. CORTLAND 8-6, 30. (tie) Lycoming (Pa) 12-6 and Lakelake (Wisc.) 9-7