Cortland Spoils Oswego State Senior Night On The Mat

OSWEGO N.Y. – A pair of pins and two overtime wins helped the 13th-ranked Cortland Red Dragons out-wrestle the Oswego State Lakers, 31-6, on senior night at Max Ziel Gymnasium.

Prior to the match, four Laker seniors were honored Wednesday for their dedication to the program. Nick Rodgers (Owego, N.Y.) was one of two Oswego State wrestlers to win his match, while Cameron Mills (Fulton, N.Y.) suffered an overtime loss. Brandon Heffernan (Martville, N.Y.) fell by decision with fellow senior Joe Pesce (Port Jervis, N.Y.) sitting out the dual meet.

Rodgers used a pair of takedowns in the first period to take control of his match with Cortland’s Adam Hulett. Rodgers then hung on the rest of the match for a 5-3 victory at 157 pounds.

Junior Omar Santiago (Huntington, N.Y.) was the other Laker to earn a win, claiming the 133-pound dual 7-3, tying the dual meet at 3-3 early on.

Santiago scored a takedown midway through the second period for a 2-1 lead, but it was a reversal early in the third period that gave him control of the match. He would add another takedown late to seal the 7-3 victory.

A pair of Lakers felt heartbreak after giving up late leads and dropping their matches in overtime.

Mills used an escape and a riding time point to take a 2-1 lead, but he was whistled for a technical violation with one second left in the match, allowing Sean Kempf to force overtime. After three scoreless overtimes, Kempf got the winning takedown with just seconds left in the seventh period of the match.

Brad Mayville (Fr., Ontario, N.Y.) took a 2-0 lead with a reversal in the second period and adding a riding point early in the third period. However, Edwin Perry escaped with 30 seconds left in the match and took down Mayville in the final seconds of the third period and then again very late in overtime for the 5-3 victory.

Other Laker results included: Heffernan in a 12-3 defeat, Scott Bova (Fr., Poughquay, N.Y.) in a 9-4 loss and Kyle Sheridan (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) in a 6-3 defeat.

The Lakers will have a busy weekend on the road. On Saturday, they will face Wesleyan University in Middleton, Conn. and then on Sunday the Lakers will dual Williams College and the University of Southern Maine in Williamstown, Mass.