ITHACA, N.Y. – Michael Gentilcore and Marc Collins garnered third-place honors at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Championships to help the Oswego State wrestling team take seventh place with 45.5 points. Gentilcore pinned Jose Vasquez of Brockport in 3:45 at 125 pounds, while Collins defeated Jon Conroy of Cortland, 5-3, at 165 pounds. Collins also won the true second place match by defeating top-seeded Justin James of Brockport, 3-1. Ithaca took home the first place trophy with 153 points.
Gentilcore started the day by defeating Morrisville’s Justin Delamothe 7-0, but lost to Ithaca’s Max Cohen, 5-4 to move into the wrestleback. Gentilcore went on to win the next two bouts to earn third place.
Collins narrowly dropped his first match of the day to Cortland’s Jon Conroy, 6-5, but battled back to his next three matches to take third place, including a 5-3 decision over Conroy to avenge his quarterfinal loss. Collins then went on to win the true second-place match upsetting top-seed Justin James, 3-1.
At 141 pounds, Chris Payne lost his quarterfinal match against Josh Bressler of Messiah, 3-0, but won his next two matches before falling to Michael Gregg of Oneonta. In the fifth/sixth place match, Payne defeated Bressler 2-0 to earn fifth place honors.
Omar Santiago won his first match of the morning at 133 pounds, 7-2, over Benjamin Mikac of Oneonta. Santiago then fell to nationally fourth-ranked Mike McInally of RIT, 9-4, before going on to finish in sixth place in the wrestleback.
At 285 pounds, Joe Pesce moved into the wrestleback side of the draw after being pinned by Matthew Mahon of Ithaca in 1:29. However, Pesce bounced back to win his next two bouts against Nick Stewart of RIT and John Geisel of Lycoming, including a pin against Geisel in 1:20. Pesce went on to finish in sixth place.
The other Laker to post a win on the day was Danny Sutherland at 174 pounds. Sutherland fell to top-ranked David Priest of Ithaca, but defeated Morrisville’s Jeremy Hoyte 7-3. Sutherland then lost to James Neal of Oneonta, 7-4.
Oswego State will have to wait to see if any wrestler receives a wild card selection for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Tournament.