December 6, 2010
Six champions as Dragons win RIT Invitational crown
ROCHESTER — Winning six individual weight class titles, SUNY Cortland wrestlers dominated while capturing top team honors at the RIT Invitational held on Saturday.
The Red Dragons finished first with 148.5 points to place ahead of Wesleyan University’s 103 points. Oswego (94.5), Baldwin-Wallace (94) and John Carroll (84) rounded out the top five squads in a field of nine schools.
Freshman Brian Bistis finished first at at 133 pounds, senior Aljamain Sterling was the 141-pound winner and Aljamain’s brother, sophomore Troy Sterling, was tops at 157 pounds for the Red Dragons.
In the upper weight classes Cortland sophomore Jonathan Conroy claimed the 165-pound title, junior Carl Korpi was the 197-pound winner and sophomore Corey James finished first at 285 pounds.
Six other Red Dragons placed in their weight classes.
Senior Dave Colagiovanni, seeing his first action of the season, finished second at 125 pounds with a 2-1 record. Sophomore Sean Kempf was also the runner-up at 125 pounds with a fourth-place showing.
Freshman William Maldonado finished fourth at 174 pounds and sophomore Chris Brown was fourth at 184 pounds. Sophomore Andre Berry finished fifth at 149 pounds and sophomore Justin Signorelli was sixth at 157 pounds.
Bistis, seeded second at 133 pounds, finished with a 4-0 record. He pinned his first two opponents, won by a 14-1 major decision over the third seed Andrew Taylor of Baldwin-Wallace in the semis and won 3-0 over top seeded Omar Santiago from Oswego in the finals.
Aljamain Sterling won all four of his bouts as the top seed at 141 pounds. He opened with a pin, followed by three decisions. He beat the fourth seed Greg Ryan from John Carroll in the semifinals and second seed Chris Payne from Oswego in the finals.
Troy Sterling won the 157-pound weight class as the third seed. He beat three other seeded wrestlers, including the second seed Troy Sampson from Wesleyan in the semis 8-1 and the fourth seed Nick Rodgers from Oswego in the finals 4-3.
Conroy posted a 3-0 record to win as the top seed at 165 pounds. After an opening pin he knocked off pair of John Carroll wrestlers, fourth seed Connor Suba 5-0 in the semis and sixth seed Clarence Semple 10-6 in the title match.
Korpi was also 3-0 as a top seed, in his case in the 197-pound bracket. He won his first two matches by major decisions, with the latter win coming against fourth seed Dave Amrhein from Wesleyan. He edged the second seed Tristian Stoll from Baldwin-Wallace in the finals 4-2.
James went 5-0 as the top seed to win at 285 pounds. He pinned his first opponent, then won in the second sudden-victory overtime period in the second round over King’s College’s Anthony Corigliano. Following a win by injury default, he pinned the fifth seed Cale Harter from Case Western in the semifinals and won 3-0 over the third seed Ryan Jones from Baldwin-Wallace in the championship match.
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