December 7, 2006


Upset wins help Dragons upend ranked Brockport

Cortland captures 31-6 victory


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Unbeaten Paul LeBlanc of SUNY Cortland throws Deone Williams of Brockport to the mat in the 141-pound match bout.LeBlanc scored a 2-1 victory to win his team leading 15th match of the season.

When freshmen Dave Colagiovanni and junior Zack Bogardus upended nationally ranked opponents last night, SUNY Cortland wrestlers pulled off a mild upset.
The Red Dragons, ranked 13th nationally in Division III, knocked off seventh-ranked Brockport 31-6 in a dual match at Corey Gymnasium.
The Red Dragons (2-0) won eight of the evening’s 10 matches to defeat the Golden Eagles (0-1) for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
In the second match of the evening, 125-pounder Colagiovanni pulled out a 5-4 decision victory over Brockport’s Robbie Vaccaro, who was ranked fourth in the nation.
Colagiovanni used a takedown with 10 seconds left in the second period to take a 5-3 lead. Vaccaro escaped in the third period to cut the lead to 5-4, but neither wrestler scored the rest of the match.
Later in the match, Bogardus was a 6-4 decision winner over third ranked 165-pounder Shaheim Bradsaw. Former Fulton High standout Bogardus is now 16-1 on the season, which leads the Red Dragons in victories.
Bogardus trailed 2-1 in the second period but used an escape with 41 seconds left and a takedown with 12 seconds remaining to lead 4-2. Leading 4-3, Bogardus recorded another takedown with 38 seconds left in the match to lead 6-3. Bradshaw escaped with 29 seconds left to close within 6-4 but couldn’t record the takedown he needed to tie the match.
This was the final dual match of the opening semester for Coach Brad Bruhn’s squad, though Cortland will be competing at the Orlando Duals in Florida on Dec. 17. The Red Dragons next dual is on Jan. 9, scheduled to play host to a day of wrestling that will feature Springfield and Williams out of Massachusetts. Upstate rival Ithaca College will also be on hand that day.
In beating Brockport, Cortland opened with a 12-3 major decision by senior Matt Eldredge at heavyweight, followed by Colagiovanni’s win. Senior Eddie Ortiz won 6-2 at 133 pounds to extend the Cortland lead to 10-0. He is 9-1 this season.
At 141 pounds, Red Dragon sophomore Paul LeBlanc improved his record to 15-0 with a hard-fought 2-1 decision over Deone Williams.
LeBlanc, ranked seventh nationally at 149 pounds due to matches at that weight class earlier this season, took a 1-0 lead on a second-period escape, but Williams tied the match on an escape in the third. The deciding point was awarded to LeBlanc due to his having more than one minute of advantage time in the match.
Cortland’s other victories were a 17-12 decision by freshman Corey Barber at 157 pounds and pins by sophomore Treavor LeBlanc in 3:19 at 174 pounds and by junior Phil Archer in 6:09 at 197 pounds. Barber increased his record to 9-0, LeBlanc is 9-2 and Archer is 9-1.
Brockport’s wins came from two nationally-ranked wrestlers. Senior Donny Ooton, ranked sixth at 149 pounds, won by a 5-3 score for his 20th win of the season while junior Brett Giehl, ranked seventh at 184 pounds, posted a 12-5 decision.



TC3 gives Herkimer a battle

DRYDEN — The Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball pushed the top-ranked team in the region to the limit Wednesday before coming up just short, losing to Herkimer CC 83-76.
TC3 falls to 3-6 while Herkimer improves to 8-3.
The Panthers took an early lead on a three-pointer to open the game from Sean Anderson. TC3 moved the lead to double digits when DeRell Mirjah drained a jumper to make it 15-4 with 14 minutes left in the first half. A six-minute TC3 scoreless spell allowed Herkimer back in the game, and with 8:51 left in the half, a 3-pointer by Herkimer’s Geoffrey Brown gave the visitors the lead at 16-15. After another Herkimer basket, Anderson tied the game with another trey. The two teams traded the lead three times before Herkimer used an 8-2 run to close half with a 39-32 lead.
The home team came out strong to open the second half, and when Bryan McClary made a lay-up with 18:13 left in the game, TC3 was within one at 43-42.
After Herkimer pushed the lead back to five points, a lay-up by Kevin Wilbur followed by another three pointer from Anderson tied the score at 49-49. A basket by Mirjah gave TC3 the lead with 14 minutes left. The home team held the lead for the nearly seven minutes, pushing it to as much as seven points before Herkimer reclaimed the lead at 64-62 on a three-pointer from Chris Marcellus with 7:11 left to play.
Xavier Massard retied the game at 69-69 with a jumper with 4:36 to play, but Herkimer went on a 12-3 run to take control heading in the closing moments.
Anderson had a huge night for the Panthers, scoring 27 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Massard added 14 points and five assists, while Mirjah tied a TC3 single-game record with seven blocked shots.
Robby Marshall had 35 points for Herkimer while pulling down 20 rebounds. Preston Bell added 10 points.
TC3 WOMEN played in front of a home crowd for the first time this season, dropping a 76-36 decision to Herkimer CC. TC3 is now 2-4 overall and 2-2 in Region III. Herkimer improves to 7-4 overall and in regional action.
TC3 opened the game with a 3-pointer by Nicole Reid, but it would prove to be the only lead of the game for the Panthers. Herkimer scored 12 of the next 13 points to take the lead, but TC3 fought back to within three at 12-9. It would be the closest the home team would get, as Herkimer used a 15-1 run to take control. The visitors moved to a 41-20 lead at the half, thanks in large part to 21 TC3 turnovers.
The second half saw TC3’s already cold shooting get worse, making just 19% percent from the floor while scoring just 16 points.
Reid led TC3 with 11 points. Barbara Naylor finished with seven points and eight rebounds. Kati Dapson added seven points and four blocks.
Herkimer’s Jessika Coones led the Generals with 13 points and 12 rebounds. 
TC3 basketball closes the fall semester with a weekend road trip. The Panther men and women play at Hudson Valley Saturday before traveling to Clinton CC Sunday.




Unbeaten Poland trips up Cincy girls

The Cincinnatus Central girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both lost their season-openers Wednesday night. The girls fell to visiting Center State Conference Division 4 foe Poland, while the Red Lions’boys opened their Central Counties League season by dropping a 62-33 decision to host Brookfield.
In another CCL boys opener Wednesday, visiting Otselic Valley was a 67-50 winner over Madison.
Poland 51, Cincinnatus 40: The Tornadoes broke open a close game by outscoring Cincy 16-6 in the second quarter and never looked back in improving to 4-0 overall.
“I think the girls were a little intimidated. Poland was very talkative, which surprised them a little,” said Red Lions coach Katy Wagner, whose team trailed only 9-6 after the first quarter. “Michelle McCumber didn’t play because of an injury, and while that isn’t an excuse, having the extra player would have helped.
“Heather Wehner was ill but played and did a good job; Chelsea Brown came around and did a good job of dribbling the ball to open spots and making great passes. Savannah Ward, our point guard, did a great job of running the offense, Danielle Mulhern and Mackenzie Heath did a good job of rebounding and Kim Wehner stepped it up and scored all eight of her points in the second half.”Wehner also topped the team with seven assists.
Mulhern had 13 points and Savannah Ward 10 for Cincy (now 0-3 overall), while Heath had nine rebounds and Mulhern seven to help the hosts own the boards 33-17. Ward had a team-high 10 steals, while Kim Wehner added seven.
Cincy hosts Otselic Valley Friday night.
Brookfield 62, Cincinnatus 33: The Beavers took control of the game early, outscoring the Red Lions 16-6 in the first quarter. Brandon Cook had 15 points while Dusty Thall and Dan Button had 10 each for the winners. Ryan Larrabee led Cincy, now 0-2, with eight points, while Austin Baldwin added seven and Cameron Blanchard six. No further information was reported.
Cincy visits Madison on Monday.