ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Cam Mills (Fulton, N.Y.) finished second at 184 pounds to pace the Oswego State wrestling team to a seventh-place finish with 131 points at the nine-team Ithaca College Invitational on Friday and Saturday, which was won by Centenary College.
Junior Kyle Sheridan (Syracuse, N.Y.) added a third-place finish at heavyweight, while junior Omar Santiago (Huntington, N.Y.) finished fourth at 133 and freshman Brad Mayville (Ontario, N.Y.) and senior Nick Rodgers (Owego, N.Y.) each took fifth at 141 and 157 pounds, respectively, to round out the Laker place-winners.
The second-seeded Mills moved into the finals with 9-3 and 5-1 wins, the latter coming over Ithaca’s Keith Dickey in the semi-finals. In the finals, Mills had to settle for a 7-5 loss to top-seeded Tim Lutke from Centenary College.
Sheridan’s tournament included 3-0 and 5-2 decision’s to reach the semifinals. Sheridan was topped 15-0 by eventual runner-up Matthew Mahon of Ithaca in the semifinals, but the Laker bounced back with a 5-2 win over Humphrey Swift of Johnson and Wales and then pinned Alex Lawrence in just 51 seconds to win the third-place match.
Santiago scored 12-1 and 6-4 wins to advance to the semifinals. Santiago was edged by eventual champion Corey Brown of Thiel College 5-3 to spoil the Laker’s title hopes. Santiago came back with a 2-1 win against John Sonaleski of Johnson and Wales before Ricardo Gomez of Ithaca topped Santiago 4-2 in the third-place match.
Mayville’s college career began with a pin in 6:14 and then a 7-3 win in the quarterfinals. Mayville was clipped 8-5 by Thiel College’s Sean Byham, the eventual runner-up, in the semi-finals though. Mayville’s day ended with an 8-1 loss before he picked up an injury default win in the fifth-place match.
Rodgers opened the meet with a pin in 2:59 and added 6-2 and 12-3 wins to reach the semi-finals. Rodgers was pinned by eventual runner-up Terrance Bennett of Johnson and Wales in the semi-finals. Rodgers then fell 5-3 in the next round, but topped Michael Frick of Johnson and Wales for the second time in the event in the fifth-place match.
Despite not placing, Scott Bova led the other Laker wrestlers with pins in 2:17 and 5:52. Chris Wise also won two matches, recording a pin in 4:01 and a 10-5 victory. Dan Pineda added 5-2 and 13-2 desicions to his resume as well.
Kevin Ramkishun (22 seconds), Tyler Carmen (55 seconds), Justin Patus (2:31) and Sam Faraglia (1:36) had pins in their lone tournament victories.
Also winning matches for the Lakers were Matt Callari (8-6), Austin Berube (11-3), Jon O’Brien (8-4), Maxwell Stratton (9-4) and Eric Anderson (7-3).
The Lakers have a week off before a dual at RIT next Saturday at 1 p.m.