Fourth-ranked SUNY Cortland rallies to defeat conference rival SUNY Oneonta
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Fourth-ranked SUNY Cortland overcame an early 7-0 deficit to defeat host Oneonta 27-13 in a dual match. Cortland improved to 12-2 with the win and Oneonta is now 4-8.
Oneonta won the first two matches with an 8-6 win by Zachary Aal at 125 pounds and a 12-4 major decision by Ben Mikac at 133 pounds. Cortland answered with three consecutive victories to take a 14-7 lead. Junior Brian Bistis, ranked eighth nationally at 141 pounds, pinned his opponent with 31 seconds left in the match. Freshman Bobby Dierna, ranked third nationally at 149 pounds, posted a 12-2 major decision and senior Troy Sterling, ranked eighth in the nation at 157 pounds, outlasted his opponent 7-5.
Shaun Gillen’s 8-4 decision at 165 pounds kept Oneonta within four at 14-10, but sophomore Lou Puca pinned his opponent at 174 pounds in 3:43 to increase the Cortland lead to 20-10. Puca is ranked seventh nationally.
Oneonta stayed alive with a 4-3 win by Greg Du Vall at 184 pounds, but Cortland clinched the victory when senior and top-ranked Jared Myhrberg recorded a 10-2 major decision at 197 pounds. Senior Corey James concluded the evening with a 2-1 decision at 285 pounds.
With their victories, Bistis improved to 16-5 on the season, Dierna is now 23-1 and Sterling is 12-6. Puca upped his season mark to 20-3, Myhrberg improved to 24-1 and James is 16-3.