December 5, 2011


Dragon matmen tourney champs

GRANTHAM, Pa. — SUNY Cortland wrestlers, ranked eighth nationally in Division III, finished first among a dozen schools competing at the two-day Messiah College Petrofes Invitational that concluded on Saturday.
The Red Dragons scored 165.5 points to win the tournament, which featured five ranked schools. Wilkes, ranked 11th, placed second with 159.5 points, followed by 30th-ranked Springfield (131), 21st-ranked Messiah (128) and 10th-ranked Mt. Union (118.5) in the top five.
Freshman Nigel McNeil and junior Jared Myhrberg each won weight-class titles.
McNeil, ranked fifth in the country at 125 pounds, rolled through his five matches as the top seed. He opened with 16-0 and 15-0 technical falls, followed by a 12-3 major decision. He pinned the fourth seed in the semifinals in 1:55 and the sixth seed in the finals in 1:51. McNeil improved to 15-2 on the season.
Myhrberg, ranked fifth nationally at 197 pounds, also posted a 5-0 record and remains unbeaten this season at 15-0. He started with an 18-4 major decision and a 4-1 victory, then beat the eighth seed by a 1-0 count. Myhrberg earned a 4-0 semifinal win over 10th-ranked Connor McNamara of Ursinus and pinned the third seed in the finals in 1:31.
Junior Andre Berry finished second at 149 pounds and freshman Lou Puca placed second at 174 pounds. Picking up thirds for the Red Dragons were sophomore Brian Bistis 141 pounds, junior Jonathan Conroy at 165 pounds, junior Will Parks at 184 pounds and senior Carl Korpi at 197 pounds.
Berry, seeded third at 149, won his first three matches by technical fall, decision and major decision. He posted an 8-5 win in the semifinals over the second seed and lost to top seeded and nationally fourth-ranked Anthony Dattolo of Wilkes in the finals, 4-2.
Puca, the third seed at 174, advanced to the finals with three wins, including a major decision, but medically forfeited the championship match.
Dragons Fall on Ice
PLATTSBURGH — The nationally sixth-ranked Plattsburgh men’s hockey team scored the last five goals of the game over the final two periods to beat visiting SUNY Cortland 6-1 on Saturday night.
Cortland was tied at 1-1 at the end of the opening period when Adam Bevilacqua scored a short-handed goal, the junior assisted by seniors Peter Lompado and Joey Christiano. But the visitors were out-shot 37-17 and went 0-for-7 on the power play while falling to 2-5-1 in the SUNY Athletic Conference and 3-8-1 overall.
Kyle Taylor led five different Plattsburgh (6-1-1 SUNYAC, 6-2-2 overall) goal scorers with a pair of goals. Kyle Kudrock had a goal and an assist, while Alex Jensen, Adam Scuglia and Vick Schlueter each scored once. Jared Docking collected three assists.
CORTLAND WOMEN were tied 2-2 with Utica College, thanks to goals by junior Brianna Rossi and freshman Chelsie Hausberger, before the Alumni Arena visitors scored the game’s final five goals to pull out a 7-2 victory.
Cortland falls to 0-4-1 in the ECAC West, with a 2-4-1 overall mark. Courtney May two goals for Utica (2-5, 5-6), one of six players scoring for the Pioneers.
The Red Dragons were out-shot 45-27, goalie Katie Double coming up with 38 saves. Amanda Maddalena and Gina Tomei picked up assists in the loss.
Pericozzi Vaults to Victory
ITHACA — Senior Ryan Pericozzi won the pole vault as SUNY Cortland men opened the indoor track and field season at the Cornell University Relays this past Saturday.
Pericozzi’s winning height of 15 feet-9 inches would have been an NCAA provisional qualifier, though this season there are no NCAA automatic or provisional standards. Instead, this year’s men’s nationals will feature the top 13 declared performances in each event.
Cortland also grabbed a second place in the distance medley relay, as the foursome of freshman Jared Walther, freshman Cameron Rodgers, sophomore Mike Kelly and freshman Ethan Quanci turned in an 11:17.09 time.
Sophomore Stephan Linton finished third for the Red Dragons in the 300-meter dash (35.47), while the 4x400-meter relay team of senior Zac Farnham-Haskell, senior Phill Wiltshire, junior Andrew Greenberg and junior Eric Banks ran fourth in 3:27.01.
FOR CORTLAND WOMEN, senior Alyson Dalton was second in the 3,000-meter run in 10:06.8.
The next best showing for the Red Dragons was the fifth place 4x400-meter relay team of senior Abby Vander Veen, junior Alexis Grable, senior Vernoica Montrose and sophomore Cait Reilly — who were clocked in 4:07.68.
Swimmers 7th at Invite
ITHACA — SUNY Cortland men and women each finished seventh out of schools when the three-day Ithaca College Invitational finished up three days of swimming and diving on Sunday.
In the men’s competition, the Red Dragons finished with 588 points. Division I Cornell won the meet with 1,996 points, easily ahead of runner-up Hartwick’s 1,401.5 points.
Cortland women finished with 633 points. Cornell won with 1,975 points, followed by Geneseo with 1,316.
Senior Travis Burke finished in fifth place in both one-meter diving (414.85 points) and three-meter diving (449.80) for Cortland men. Senior Judd Simon turned in Cortland’s best finish in the swimming events with a sixth-place time of 2:00.28 in the 200-yard individual medley. Simon also tied for 10th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:24.66).
Sophomore Chrisanna Hickey earned three top-10 individual finishes for Cortland women. She was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.55), sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.20) and ninth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:47.80).


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