No. 5 Ithaca defeats Delaware Valley
Ecker earns 100th career win to lead Bombers to victory
ITHACA, N.Y. -- One Ithaca wrestler notched a milestone victory and the fifth-ranked Bombers (12-2) completed a weekend sweep of ranked opponents with a 34-9 win against No. 23 Delaware Valley (8-10) on Saturday.
Senior Seth Ecker recorded his 100th career win with an 8-1 decision at 133 pounds. He became the 18th Ithaca wrestler to achieve the 100-victory mark, improving to 100-20 as a Bomber, including 22-4 this season (12-1 in duals). After a scoreless first period, the third-ranked Ecker took a 3-0 lead after the second and built a 7-0 cushion early in the third.
Senior Derek Brenon provided another highlight in the match by scoring an upset win against a Delaware Valley opponent who came in ranked fifth at 157 pounds. Brenon got an early takedown and forced a pin just 1:01 in the bout. With his sixth fall of the season, he improved to 11-4 and 55-13 for his career.
Senior Matt Mahon and freshman Alex Gomez also scored pins for Ithaca. Mahon built a 10-5 lead in the 285-pound bout before getting his 11th pin of the season at 6:17. He upped his season mark to 21-7 and now stands at 86-33 in his career.
Gomez led the 141-pound bout before getting the fall with 12 seconds left in the second period. Gomez, who is also ranked eighth, improved to 13-7 with four falls this season.
Junior Jules Doliscar stayed undefeated in dual-meet competition with an 8-0 major decision at 174 pounds. With his fourth major decision of the season, the top-ranked Doliscar is now 28-3 (13-0 in duals).
Junior Rick Gomez, who's ranked eighth nationally, opened the match with a 7-1 decision at 125 pounds, upping his season mark to 15-7.
Nick Sanko and sophomore Shane Bartrum also notched decision wins. Sanko won the 165-pound bout 8-2 to improve to 12-2 (10-1 in duals). He is now 48-21 as a Bomber.
Bartrum battled for a 5-3 decision at 197 to even his season and career records at 9-9 and 24-24.
The dual-meet victory was Ithaca's second consecutive against Delaware Valley and fourth in a row this season.