OSWEGO, NY – BROCKPORT, N.Y. – Four Lakers earned top six finishes at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Championships hosted by Brockport, leading Oswego State to 36 points and a seventh-place finish in the eight-team meet. Cortland edged out Ithaca 128.5-127 for the team title.
Brad Mayville (Fr., Ontario, N.Y.) led the way for the Lakers with a third-place finish at 141 pounds. Seeded sixth, Mayville opened with a narrow 1-0 upset win over third-seeded Eliah Golding of Brockport. In the semifinals, Mayville was topped 3-2 by Ithaca’s Alex Gomez. Mayville bounced back by pinning a Lycoming wrestler in 4:25 to reach the third-place match. Mayville and Golding faced off once again for third place with Mayville pulling away for a 7-3 victory this time around.
Nick Rodgers (Sr., Owego, N.Y.) fought his way to a fourth-place finish at 157-pounds. Rodgers fell to second-seeded and eventual runner-up Troy Sterling of Cortland 6-0 in the opening round, but came back with a 3-2 upset win over third-seeded Chris Hardenberg of Messiah. Rodgers then added a 5-2 win over fifth-seeded Sean Secru to reach the third-place match. However, fourth-seeded Dan Graff of Oneonta was able to top Rodgers 2-0 to leave Rodgers in fourth-place overall.
Kyle Sheridan (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) ended up in fifth place at heavyweight for the Lakers after coming in as the fifth seed. Sheridan opened his day with a 6-0 win over fourth-seeded Mike Almaviva of Oneonta. However, top-seeded and eventual champion Matt Mahon earned a 4-0 win over Sheridan in the semifinal bout. Sheridan was next topped, 4-1, by third-seeded Joe Giaramita of Cortland before Sheridan was given an injury default win over Almaviva in the fifth-place match.
Omar Santiago (Jr., Huntington, N.Y.) finished in sixth at 133 pounds for his third sixth-place finish at the ECWC championships. Fifth-seeded Santiago fell 10-1 to fourth-seeded Ryan Reed of Brockport in the quarterfinals. Santiago responded by pinning RIT’s Dan Haughton in just 39 seconds in the next round. Second-seeded Kaleb Loht of Messiah topped Santiago, 14-1, sending Santiago into the fifth-place match. In their final match of the day, Oneonta’s Ben Mikac edged Santiago. 5-3, leaving the Laker in sixth place.
Kevin Ramkishun, Brandon Haffernan, Eric Anderson, Scott Bova, Justin Patus and Ed Rose all went 0-2 during the event.