Bistis leads Cortland State to wins vs. three ranked squads opening weekend
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- No. 7 Cortland State won all four of its team duals including three against ranked opponents at the John Reese Duals on Saturday. The Red Dragons (4-0) defeated 18th-ranked Johns Hopkins 24-10 followed by a 34-12 win against King’s (Tenn.). Cortland finished the day with a 19-18 win against 13th-ranked and host Wilkes and a 20-19 win against No. 8 Centenary (N.J.) that was decided by criteria after the teams were tied 19-19.
Cortland won seven of its 10 matches in the victory against Johns Hopkins. Freshman Alec Dierna won 8-3 at 133 pounds and junior Brian Bistis won 10-4 at 141 pounds. Freshman Bobby Dierna was a 5-3 winner at 149 and senior Troy Sterling posted a 4-3 victory at 157.
Sophomore William Maldonado earned a 5-1 decision at 174 pounds and sophomore Francisco DeCristo won 8-1 at 197. Senior Jared Myhrberg finished the match with a pin in 5:20 at 285 pounds, up from his normal 197-pound weight class.
The Red Dragons also won seven bouts against King’s. Freshman Tony Battista opened with a 10-3 win at 125. Alec Dierna pinned his opponent at 133, followed by a pin from freshman Max Miller at 141. Freshman Chris Sarro won by forfeit at 157, senior Jonathan Conroy earned a 11-9 decision at 165, freshman Joe Cataldo posted a 13-1 major decision at 184 and Myhrberg pinned his opponent at 197.
Cortland and Wilkes each won five matches, including one pin apiece. Cortland’s extra point came as a result of a Bistis 12-0 major decision at 141. Sophomore Lou Puca won by pin at 174, while Miller at 133, senior Justin Signorelli and Myhrberg at 285 recorded decisions.
Cortland and Centenary each won five matches and finished tied at 19-19. While the first tiebreaking criterion -- most wins -- was even, the match was decided by which team had the most combined pins and technical falls. The only fall came via Myherberg’s pin in 1:27 at 197 pounds. The other Cortland wins versus Centenary were Puca’s 10-1 major decision at 184 and decisions by Battista at 125, Alec Dierna at 133 and Bistis at 141.