CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The nationally third-ranked Cortland wrestling team won the final three weight classes to earn a 22-16 win versus 13th-ranked Ithaca Wednesday night at Corey Gymnasium. With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 18-2 on the season and set a new school record for dual wins in a season. The Bombers fell to 7-6.
Cortland led 6-0 after earning a forfeit win at 125 pounds. The Bombers took a 7-6 lead when nationally fourth-ranked sophomore Alex Gomez (Brentwood) recorded a 12-2 major decision at 133 pounds and junior Dominick Giacolone (Cato/Cato-Meridian) won 8-2 at 141 pounds.
Cortland freshman Bobby Dierna (Webster/Wayne), ranked fourth at 149 pounds, built a 7-1 first-period lead en route to a15-4 major decision to give the Red Dragons back the lead at 10-7. At 157 pounds, sixth-ranked senior Derek Brenon (Watertown/Immaculate Heart) of Ithaca squared off against seventh-ranked senior Troy Sterling (Uniondale) of Cortland. Brenon used an early second-period escape and avoided a takedown late in the third period to earn a 1-0 decision.
Tenth-ranked Cortland senior Jonathan Conroy (South Plainfield, NJ) battled back from an early 4-2 deficit and registered an 11-4 decision over Ithaca freshman Eamonn Gaffney (Florham Park, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) at 165 pounds, and the Red Dragons held a 13-10 lead with four weight classes remaining.
In a matchup of second-ranked senior Jules Doliscar (Dix Hills/Holy Trinity) of Ithaca and fourth-ranked sophomore Lou Puca (Huntington) at 174 pounds, Doliscar earned an important pin at 3:28 for the Bombers to give them a 16-13 advantage. Leading 6-3 early in the second period, Doliscar turned a quick takedown into a fall. Cortland senior Will Parks (Shoreham/Longwood) recorded a key 7-3 win at 184 pounds to even the match at 16-16.
At 197 pounds, nationally top-ranked Cortland senior Jared Myhrberg (Queensbury) scored the winning team points with a hard-fought 6-3 decision versus Ithaca junior Shane Bartrum (Oswego). In the concluding bout of the night, senior Corey James (Kingston) earned an exciting 2-1 decision over Ithaca junior Cris Ramirez (Bronx/Milton Hershey) to clinch the match. James registered a takedown in the first period before Ramirez recorded an escape in the second period. With both wrestlers in the neutral position in the third period, James was able to keep his feet to seal the win.
125: Paul Fields (CORT) won by forfeit
133: Alex Gomez (ITH) major dec. Alec Dierna, 12-2
141: Dominick Giacolone (ITH) dec. David Occhipinti, 8-2
149: Bobby Dierna (CORT) major dec. Kevin Collins, 15-4
157: Derek Brenon (ITH) dec. Troy Sterling, 1-0
165: Jonathan Conroy (CORT) dec. Eamonn Gaffney, 11-4
174: Jules Doliscar (ITH) pinned Lou Puca, 3:28
184: Will Parks (CORT) dec. Dan Glinko, 7-3
197: Jared Myhrberg (CORT) dec. Shane Bartrum, 6-3
285: Corey James (CORT) dec. Cris Ramirez, 2-1