February 21, 2013
Cortland rallies to top Ithaca
Gets record-setting 18th win
In a showdown between nationally-ranked Division III wrestling rivals, SUNY Cortland finished with a decisive flourish Wednesday night.
The Red Dragons, ranked third nationally in Division III, won the final three matches to pull out a 22-16 victory over 13th-ranked Ithaca College to close outthis dual meet campaign.
On their Corey Gymnasium home mats, wins by three seniors — Will Parks at 184 pounds, Jared Myhrberg at 197 and Corey James in the final 285-pound match — finished off an 18-2 season for the Red Dragons. Those 18 victories set a new school record for dual wins in a season.
The visiting Bombers fell to 7-6 on the season.
Cortland led 6-0 after earning a forfeit win at 125 pounds. The Bombers took a 7-6 lead when nationally fourth-ranked sophomore Alex Gomez recorded a 12-2 major decision at 133 pounds and junior Dominick Giacolone won 8-2 at 141 pounds.
Cortland freshman Bobby Dierna, ranked fourth at 149 pounds, built a 7-1 first-period lead en route to a15-4 major decision to give the Red Dragons back the lead at 10-7.
In a featured attraction at 157 pounds, sixth-ranked senior Derek Brenon of Ithaca squared off against seventh-ranked senior Troy Sterling of Cortland. Brenon used an early second-period escape and avoided a takedown late in the third period to earn a 1-0 decision.
Tenth-ranked Cortland senior Jonathan Conroy battled back from an early 4-2 deficit and registered an 11-4 decision over Ithaca freshman Eamonn Gaffney at 165 pounds, and the Red Dragons held a 13-10 lead with four weight classes remaining.
In a matchup of second-ranked senior Jules Doliscar of Ithaca and fourth-ranked sophomore Lou Puca at 174 pounds, Doliscar earned an important pin at 3:28 for the Bombers to give them a 16-13 advantage. Leading 6-3 early in the second period, Doliscar turned a quick takedown into a fall.
That’s when the Cortland seniors stepped up, starting with Parks recording a key 7-3 win at 184 pounds to even the match at 16-16.
At 197 pounds, nationally top-ranked Myhrberg scored the winning team points with a hard-fought 6-3 decision win over Ithaca junior Shane Bartrum.
In the concluding bout of the night, James earned an exciting 2-1 decision over Ithaca junior Cris Ramirez to clinch the match. James registered a takedown in the first period before Ramirez recorded an escape in the second period. With both wrestlers in the neutral position in the third period, James was able to keep his feet to seal the win.
The Red Dragons will now prepare for the NCAA Division III Regional Qualifier being hosted by WPI on March 2-3 in Worcester, Mass. That will decide which wrestlers move on to the NCAA Division III Championships being held March 15-16 at Cedar Rapids in Iowa.
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