ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Three Oswego State grapplers, Omar Santiago, Chris Payne, and Nick Rodgers, took second place in their respective weight classes to help the Laker wrestling team take third place at the nine-team RIT Invitational with 94.5 points. Cortland took top honors with 148.5 points followed by Wesleyan University, which turned in 103 points.
Santiago, the top seed at 133 pounds, posted three consecutive wins. including a pin in 4:22, to advance to the championship match versus second-seeded Brian Bistis of Cortland. In the title bout, Santiago lost by the score of 3-0 to earn second place.
At 141 pounds, Chris Payne started the tournament as the No. 2 seed. He registered a pin in 2:41 during his first match, and followed that with two more victories to compete in the title match. Payne faced Cortland’s Aljamian Sterling, but fell 3-1 in a tight contest.
Nick Rodgers had a strong showing at 157 pounds as the fourth seed. He posted two wins before pinning top-seed Vinnie Pizzuli of John Carroll in 5:37 to advance to the championship match against Troy Sterling of Cortland. In the title contest, Rodgers narrowly fell 4-3 to receive second place.
Oswego State also had a collection of third-place finishers. Michael Gentilcore knocked off No. 2-seed Sean Kempf of Cortland, 13-7, at 125 pounds. On his way to third place, Gentilcore earned four wins by pins with the longest match taking 3:12. Blake Fisher won four matches in the wrestleback bracket at 149 pounds capped off by a 6-2 win over Howard Tobochnik of Wesleyan for third-place honors. In the 165-pound weight class, Marc Collins dropped his first match, but bounced back by posting four victories to garner third place.
Oswego State closes out the first semester with a home dual meet versus nationally-ranked Ithaca next Saturday at 1 p.m. The match will also serve as the squad’s “Takedown Cancer” event with proceeds raised benefitting the Adam Frey Foundation, which was started by former Cornell wrestler Adam Frey.