Ithaca blows past SUNY Cortland
Bombers win first five matches of night en route to easy victory
ITHACA, N.Y. -- No. 13 SUNY Cortland dropped a 22-9 decision at fifth-ranked Ithaca in the dual-match finale for both squads on Wednesday night. The Red Dragons finish the regular season with a 17-3 dual record -- tied for the most wins in school history. Ithaca improved to 14-2 with the victory.
Ithaca won the first five matches, all by regular decision, to take a 15-0 lead. Rick Gomez, ranked 10th at 125 pounds, won 6-2, followed by an 8-1 decision for top-ranked and defending national champion Seth Ecker at 133 pounds.
At 141 pounds, Alex Gomez edged Cortland's eighth-ranked Brian Bistis 2-1. Gomez recorded a second-period takedown and led 2-1 entering the third period. Bistis mounted a charge late in the match but couldn't record the winning takedown as time expired.
Jeremy Stierly, ranked third at 149 pounds, earned a 4-1 decision. At 157 pounds, Derek Brenon won a 4-3 nailbiter versus fourth-ranked Troy Sterling. Brenon led 3-0 in the third period, but Sterling recorded an escape and a takedown to tie the match. Brenon, however, registered an escape with one second left for the winning point.
Cortland's first win of the night came at 165 pounds when Jonathan Conroy defeated seventh-ranked Nick Sanko in overtime, 3-1. Conroy scored the winning points on a takedown in the first sudden-victory overtime session. Conroy improved to 30-9 on the season with the win.
Ithaca responded with a 12-3 major decision by top-ranked Jules Doliscar at 174 pounds and the Bombers led 19-3 with three matches remaining.
Cortland got back on the board at 184 pounds when Carl Korpi earned a 6-2 decision to run his record to 25-6. Jared Myhrberg, ranked fourth at 197 pounds, remained undefeated on the season at 26-0 with a 10-4 victory. Ithaca completed the evening with a 2-1 overtime win by Matt Mahon at 285 pounds against Corey James. The wrestlers were tied 1-1 after regulation and the first sudden-victory overtime period. In the first tiebreaker, Mahon scored on an escape and James was unable to score.