Ithaca wins again in York
Bombers have two champions, eight place winners in tourney
YORK, Pa. -- Fourth-ranked Ithaca (4-0) won the New Standard Corporation Invitational, hosted by York (Pa.) on Saturday for the third year in a row.
Eight Bombers were place winners, including a pair of champions: junior Jules Doliscar at 174 pounds and senior heavyweight Matt Mahon.
Seeded first, Mahon – who's ranked eighth nationally – pinned his first two opponents before edging the fourth seed 3-1 in the semifinals. In the title bout, Mahon dominated the sixth seed in a 13-0 win. The major decision was his second of the season and he now has five falls. He's 10-3 this winter and 75-29 in his career.
Doliscar won his second tournament title in as many tries as a Bomber (a two-time NJCAA runner-up, he also placed first at the season-opening Ithaca Invitational). The top seed at the tournament and the nation's third-ranked wrestler at his weight class, he dominated his four opponents, recording three falls and a major decision. Doliscar pinned his first two opponents (in 2:48 and 6:30, respectively) then won 12-2 in the semifinals. He needed just 50 seconds to get another pin in the final.
Doliscar improved to 16-2 this season; he leads the team with 12 pins.
Three other Bombers reached the finals: senior Derek Brenon was second at 157 pounds, freshman Kevin Collins took second at 149 pounds and senior Seth Ecker was the runner-up at 141 pounds.
Brenon is ranked ninth nationally. Seeded sixth, he pinned his first opponent then won 5-3 in the second round. He dominated the third seed in the quarterfinal, posting a 10-2 major decision. In the semifinal Brenon got a pin in 6:36 before leaving the tournament with an injury default. He's now 6-1 with four pins on the year and 49-10 in his career.
Collins was unseeded and knocked off the seventh and sixth seeds on his way to the final. He pinned the seventh seed in 7:54 to open competition, recorded a 9-1 major decision in the quarterfinal round and edged the sixth seed 4-3 in the semifinal.
Ecker, the nation's second-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds (and the defending national champion at 133) posted a pair of major decisions in his first two bouts (blanking his opponents 13-0 and 8-0) then won 3-2 in the semifinal before dropping a one-point decision in the championship match.
Ecker is now 14-2 this winter with four major decisions, four falls and a pair of technical falls. His career mark is 92-17.
Three other Bombers were place winners. Freshman Alex Gomez and his brother, junior Rick Gomez were third and fourth, respectively, at 133 pounds and sophomore Dominick Giacolone took fourth at 125 pounds.