Ithaca rolls to 41-3 win
Doylestown, Pa. – Fourth-ranked Ithaca (11-2) earned bonus points in six of their nine victories, throttling No. 23 Delaware Valley (6-6-1) 41-3 Thursday. Ithaca’s rout snapped the Aggies’ 27-match home winning streak, which dated back to 2006.
Junior Derek Brenon posted the night’s biggest victory, winning in a match between Division III’s top two ranked wrestlers at 141 pounds. Brenon, ranked second nationally, was a 4-2 winner against Delaware Valley’s top-ranked competitor. Brenon won on a last-minute takedown and improved to 20-1 on the season (5-0 in dual meets). He’s 39-7 in his career.
The Bombers’ two other second-ranked wrestlers were both winners as well; junior Jeremy Stierly blanked his opponent 11-0 for a major decision at 141 pounds and senior Blaine Woszczak won by fall at 149 pounds.
Stierly, whose shutout came over a returning all-American and upped his season record to 14-1 (9-0 in dual meets). The major decision was his fifth of the season and gives him a career record of 69-16.
Woszczak stretched his winning streak to 14, recording his second consecutive pin. The fall was Woszczak’s seventh of the season (second on the team) and raised his record to 26-2 (12-0 in dual meets). With a career record of 128-34, he’s a win away from tying Bob Panariello (1981-85) atop Ithaca’s all-time victory list.
Three other Bombers were winners by fall, starting with senior David Priest, who opened the match with a second-period pin at 174 pounds. Priest, who is ranked ninth nationally, is now 18-3 this winter with an 11-2 dual-match record. With six pins, he’s third on the team and moved to within five wins of becoming the 17th Bomber to reach 100 career victories (he’s 95-29 overall).
Junior Matt Mahon (Brighton/Rochester), the nation’s sixth-ranked heavyweight, needed just 22 seconds to pick up his team-best 15th pin. Mahon is 19-6 on the year and 65-21 – with 43 falls – as a Bomber.
Freshman Dominick Giacalone recorded a rare overtime fall to win his bout at 125 pounds. He’s 9-7 on the season.
Junior Seth Ecker was a shutout winner at 133 pounds, where he’s ranked third nationally. Ecker, who won 7-0, is 22-4 this year and 68-16 in his career.
Junior Keith Dickie and sophomore Jason Fraser rounded out Ithaca’s winners, posting winning by major decision and decision at 184 and 165 pounds, respectively.