March 10, 2012
Unbeaten Myhrberg cruises to semifinals
La CROSSE, Wisc. — Still unbeaten on the season, SUNY Cortland wrestler Jared Myhrberg has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championships in a quest for a national title.
The junior 197-pounder pinned a pair of foes to get the first of two days of competition underway at The La Crosse Center on Friday, Myhrberg improving to 31-0 on the season in the process.
Myhrberg is among three Red Dragons who have already secured All-America recognition that goes to the top eight finishers in each weight class, along with sophomore Brian Bistis at 141 pounds and freshman Joey Giaramita at 285 pounds. Both Bistis and Giaramita are 2-1 after the opening day.
Cortland is eighth out of 62 schools in the team standings with 25 points. Wartburg College leads with 70 points. The Red Dragons are the second New York school in the standings behind Ithaca College’s 34.5 points.
Two other Red Dragons were eliminated during the opening day. Junior Troy Sterling finished 1-2 at 157 pounds and senior Carl Korpi lost a pair of overtime matches at 184 pound.
The second-seeded Myhrberg, out of Queensbury, opened with a pin in 1:50 against Alex Coolidge of Cornell College in Iowa. He followed that with a pin in 3:44 against seventh-seeded William Meaney of Elizabethtown in the quarterfinals.
Of Myhrberg’s 31 victories this season, 16 have been pins. He faced third-seeded Dustin Baxter of St. John’s from Minnesota in the semifinals this morning looking to reach tonight’s title match.
Bistis, the eighth seed at 141 pounds, posted a 6-0 shutout in his opening match over Michael Buhr of Cornell College. He was pinned by top-seeded Bebeto Yewah of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the quarterfinals in 2:28, but rebounded to post a 13-6 decision over Luther’s Kyle Windquist.
Bistis (26-7) will face fourth-seeded Will Keeter of Augsburg to start today’s action and can finish anywhere from third to eighth place.
Giaramita, unseeded at 285 pounds, can also finish anywhere from third to eighth place after winning two of his three matches. In his opening match, he edged eighth-seeded Tom Bouressa of Concordia-Moorhead 4-3. George Saliba of York College in Pennsylvania, also unseeded, upset the top seed in the first round and then beat Giaramita in the quarterfinals 5-2 — breaking a 1-1 tie with a takedown in the final 20 seconds.
Giaramita stayed alive in the tournament by pinning Luther’s Conner Herman with 1:07 left in the second period. He’ll bring a 24-9 record into his first match today against fifth-seeded Ryan Fank of Wartburg.
Sterling, unseeded at 157 pounds, drew second-seeded Nazar Kulchytsky of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in his first match and dropped a 5-2 decision. He then defeated Ben Strobel of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 4-1, as he recorded a first-period takedown, rode out the entire second period to build up advantage time and added an escape point in the third.
Sterling finished one win from All-America honors as he lost to fifth-seeded Dale Handley of Coe College 6-0, completing the season with a 17-7 record.
Korpi, who was not seeded at 184 pounds, drew fourth-seeded Alex Martocello of York in his first match. Martocello earned an escape point in the second period and Korpi answered with an escape in the third to tie the match at 1-1. Martocello recorded the winning takedown with 12 seconds left in the first sudden-victory, one-minute overtime period for a 3-1 victory.
Korpi’s consolation bracket loss to Buena Vista’s Brian Broll was very similar to his opening setback. Broll scored on an escape in the second and Korpi tied the match with a third-period escape. After neither wrestler scored in the first sudden-victory overtime, a pair of mandatory 30-second tie-breaker periods were held. Broll scored on an escape eight seconds into the first period.
Korpi started down in the second tiebreaker but was unable to escape to give Broll the 2-1 win. Korpi ends the season 28-9.
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