Brad Bruhn becomes all-time wins leader as No. 4 Cortland State wins
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Cortland won 8-of-10 individual weights to defeat Oneonta 31-6 Wednesday night at Corey Gymnasium and earn head coach Brad Bruhn his 164th career dual-match victory, the most in program history. Bruhn passed Gene Nighman who won 163 matches from 1983-99. The host Red Dragons improved to 8-3 on the season, while the visiting Red Dragons fell to 6-7.
Cortland opened up a 10-0 lead as freshman Mat Bradice posted an 11-1 major decision at 125 pounds and sophomore Alec Diernawas awarded a forfeit win at 133 pounds. Oneonta senior Ben Mikac improved his season record to 24-6 with a 3-2 decision at 141 pounds against sophomore Tony Battista, scoring the winning point on a third-period escape, to make it 10-3.
Nationally top-ranked sophomore Bobby Dierna recorded a pin in 6:40 at 149 pounds to improve his record to 15-3 overall and Cortland led 16-3. Cortland senior James Ondris followed with an 8-2 decision at 157 pounds to increase the home Red Dragons' lead to 19-3. At 165 pounds, Oneonta sophomore Shaun Gillen upped his record to 24-6 with a 6-3 decision and Cortland led 19-6. Seventh-ranked junior Lou Puca then earned an 11-4 decision for Cortland at 174 pounds to raise his record to 24-7.
Freshman Jagger Rebozo registered the deciding team points in the match with an 8-2 decision at 184 pounds and Cortland led 25-6. Nationally fourth-ranked sophomore Joe Giaramita improved his record to 25-5 on the season for Cortland as he earned an 8-1 win at 197 pounds against senior Chad Obzud, who entered the match with a 22-6 record. The night's most exciting bout occured at 285 pounds between Cortland junior Lance Moore and Oneonta junior Stephen Provenzano. With the score tied 1-1 and Moore holding enough time for a riding-time point, Provenzano recorded a takedown with 22 seconds remaining to grab a 3-1 lead. Moore quickly escaped and clinched the dramatic win with a takedown with one second on the clock for a 5-3 decision and a Cortland 31-6 win.