December 06, 2007


Ranked Dragons flatten RIT


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Zack Bogardus of SUNY Cortland was near a pin when the buzzer sounded ending the second period against Jason Wake of RIT last night at Corey Gymnasium. Bogardus pulled out OT win in 45-3 Red Dragon romp.

In their first dual match of the season, SUNY Cortland wrestlers displayed why they are considered among the top Division III teams in the country.
The Red Dragons, ranked ninth nationally, won nine of 10 matches and thumped visiting RIT 45-3 in Wednesday’s Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference outing at Corey Gymnasium.
Coach Brad Bruhn’s squad won three matches by pin and three more by technical fall in this rout.
The Red Dragons are off until Dec. 16, when they head to Florida to take part in the Gator Duals in Orlando.
Cortland junior Peppy Cabrera, ranked sixth nationally at 125 pounds, opened the evening with a 16-0 technical fall in 2:52. The win improved his record to 13-2 on the season.
Sophomore Dave Colagiovanni followed at 133 pounds with a 19-4 technical fall that officially was recorded at seven minutes due to a riding time point. The victory is his ninth in 11 matches.
At 141 pounds, freshman Joe Widrick, ranked 10th nationally, pinned his opponent in 1:40 to up his record to 16-3. Junior Paul LeBlanc, ranked third in the nation at 149 pounds, stayed perfect at 10-0 this winter with a pin in just 53 seconds that gave Cortland a 22-0 lead.
RIT (0-2) picked up its lone victory at 157 pounds when senior Nathan Bachmann rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to win 7-3.
The night’s most exciting match came at 165 pounds as Cortland’s Zack Bogardus fought back from a four-point deficit in the final period to defeat Jason Wake, 8-6, in overtime. Wake led 5-1 entering the third period before Bogardus, ranked third nationally, recorded an escape with 1:31 left and a takedown with 53 seconds remaining to close to within 5-4.
The senior from Fulton then allowed an escape with 43 seconds left and scored the match-tying takedown with eight seconds on the clock. Bogardus won the match and improved his record to 14-0 with a takedown 50 seconds into the first sudden-victory overtime period.
At 174 pounds, sophomore Corey Barber won by a 16-0 technical fall in 3:38 to extend Cortland’s lead to 30-3. Barber improved to 13-3 with the victory.
After junior Treavor LeBlanc won by forfeit at 184 pounds, freshman Cameron Gee trailed 5-4 after two periods at 197 pounds before turning a reversal into a pin 13 seconds into the final period. Sophomore heavyweight Joe Murphy finished the match with an 8-2 victory.
DRAGONS HONORED: Bogardus and Widrick were named the ECWC Wrestler of the Week and Rookie of the Week respectively.
Bogardus finished first at 165 pounds at the Messiah College Petrofes Invitational and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler this past weekend.
Widrick earns ECWC Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season. The freshman from Beaver Falls finished first at 141 pounds at Messiah’s tournament with a 4-0 record.
 The ECWC consists of Brockport, Cortland, Ithaca, Lycoming (Pa.), Messiah (Pa.), Oneonta, Oswego and RIT.




Bears adjust to overtake Tigers

Things went well for the Cortland High boys’ basketball team in the first half of Wednesday’s OHSL Freedom Division opener against visiting Chittenango.
The second half, however, was a different story.
After moving to a 33-28 halftime lead, the Purple Tigers managed to score just 13 points over the final two quarters — all by freshman guard Kevin Shaw, who finished with a game-high 23 —  and dropped a 54-46 decision.
“We played extremely well in the first half,” Cortland coach Mick Lowie said. “We had good ball movement and good player movement, got good shots and made them. In the second half Chittenango adjusted their defense a little by extending it out to cover the perimeter and forced us to go inside. At this point we don’t have explosive scoring from inside, plus they’re a bigger team than we are.
“The change confused us; as a group, we’re still inexperienced,” he added. “There was some standing around going on. We had too many spectators out on the floor and the shots we did get we worked harder for. We didn’t get the ball movement that we had in the first half.”
Cortland went 13-for-28 (46 percent) from the floor in the first half, and 5-for-22 (23 percent) in the second. Three of those five shots Shaw hit over the final two stanzas were 3-pointers.
Lowie noted that Shaw, who is averaging just over 22 points a game to lead CHS in scoring, quickly scored eight points at the start of the game, including the other two of his five 3-pointers. “Chittenango then went to a box-and-one on Kevin, before Derek Allen and Will Fickenscher hit a couple of shots and they got out of it,” Lowie said. “With experience, Kevin will be able to handle the defensive pressure that other teams are going to put on him all season.
“We have to find some scoring inside,” he added. “The kids have to be more aggressive in there. But a lot of good things happened for us. We played with a good team, outplaying them in the first half before they out-experienced us in the second. We out-rebounded them by six (33-27) despite their size advantage, and Matt Pitcher did a good job of holding Heath Stone (6-5, one of a trio of third-year starters for the Bears) to seven points. The things that happened in the second half are correctable.”
Lowie also noted that CHS committed just 13 turnovers in the game, only three in the first half, and was within four points of Chittenango, 48-44, before having to start fouling with 40 seconds left. The Bears went 6-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch.
Pitcher led Cortland with seven rebounds and also blocked three shots, in addition to handing out a team-high three assists. Chris Frascatore and Ryan Bailey, the other two third-year starters for Chittenango (3-2), had 17 and 14 points, respectively.




Regional honors for Olympians

On the heels of their eighth New York State title, three Marathon Central field hockey girls were named to the 2007 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) High School All-Region Team.
Olympian senior Hannah Griep, junior Tessa Knapp and sophomore Marta Malmberg were named to the North Region team.
Knapp scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Marathon the state title and led the Olympians in scoring this season with 27 goals and seven assists for 34 points.
Malmberg was the second-leading scorer with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points.
Griep netted nine goals and 13 assists for 22 pints during the 2007 season, third best on the Olympian team.
Also named to the North Region squad were senior goalkeeper Alesha Widdall from Whitney Point and Mackenzie Williams from Rome Free Academy.
* Griep, Knapp and Malmberg were just three of six Marathon players to earn Section 4 Division III first-team honors as well. Joining the previously mentioned were senior goalkeeper Roni Allen, senior back Whitney Stephens and junior back Kelley Braman. These six players help the Olympians post a 10- record in division play and 22-1 overall record.
Allen allowed just 12 goals all season to posted a stellar 0.52 goals-against average with 14 shutouts.
Stephens and Braman (6g-10a-16 pts.) anchored a solid defense.
Joining the Marathon girls on the first team were senior forwards Jesse Robinson and Hilary Worthing, sophomore forward Kari Walkley and sophomore midfielder Megan Keene from Tioga; seniors Kelley Lloyd (forward), Emily Dusseau (midfield) and Emily Lockett (midfield) of Moravia; Spencer-Van Etten junior Dezjah Berry (midfield) and sophomore Natasha Ede (midfield); plus Southern Springs senior midfielders Bethany Malenick and Lauren Morabito.
Two more Marathon players earned Section 4, Division III Second-Team All-Star team honors. Olympian sophomore midfielder Stephanie Fiske and sophomore back Chelsea Wood were those honorees.
Rounding out the second-team were junior midfielder Ariel Hutchinson and sophomore forward Aubrey Worthing of Tioga; Moravia sophomore midfielder Haley Potter; Spencer-Van Etten senior goalkeeper Amanda Springstead and Southern Springs senior forward Elizabeth Rollo.