Oswego State Wrestling Hangs Tough In 27-10 Loss To #4-Ranked Ithaca

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State wrestling team was tied with fourth-ranked Ithaca at 10-10 heading into the final four matches, but the Bombers won each bout to hand the Lakers a 27-10 loss Saturday in Oswego. The loss dropped Oswego State to 1-1 in dual competition this season, while Ithaca remained unbeaten at 7-0.

The Bombers started the dual match with wins at 125 and 133 pounds by the scores of 5-3 and 2-1, respectively, to take a 6-0 lead. Chris Payne cut the deficit in half for the Lakers when he posted a 1-0 win at 141 pounds over Junior Amazan. Amazan fought to record a takedown late in the third period, but was never able to gain the advantage before the final horn sounded.

Ithaca responded with a 15-2 major decision win by Blaine Woszczak, the nation’s fifth-ranked wrestler in the 149-pound weight class, to put the Bombers ahead 10-3. However, Oswego State responded with a major decision of its own when Nick Rodgers won his bout at 157 pounds by the score of 14-1 to pull the Lakers back to within three points.

Oswego State knotted the score at 10-10 after the 165-pound match as Marc Collins posted a 6-4 victory against David Foley. The bout score was even at four when Collins recorded a late takedown for the win.

In a battle of nationally-ranked 174-pounders, the Bombers’ David Priest (fifth) and the Lakers’ Cameron Mills (seventh) battled to a 1-1 tie after a late escape by Mills, but Priest earned the riding time point for the 2-1 win. Ithaca went onto record a pair of major decisions at 184 pounds, 17-7, and 197 pounds, 12-3, to clinch the victory. Matt Mahon, ranked fourth nationally, closed out the match with a pin in 1:14 at 285 pounds to give the Bombers the 27-10 win.

The match was also a Takedown Cancer event to raise funds for the Adam Frey Foundation, which is a non-profit organization formed by Adam Frey, a former Cornell wrestler, to give comfort to and provide enjoyment for those receiving treatment for cancer.

Oswego State returns to action at the Wilkes Open on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Match Results
125: Dominick Giacolone (ITHACA) def. Michael Gentilcore (OSW), 5-3
133: Seth Ecker (ITHACA) def. Scott McGregor (OSW), 2-1
141: Chris Payne (OSW) def. Junior Amazan (ITHACA), 1-0
149: Blaine Woszczak (ITHACA) def. Blake Fisher (OSW), 15-2, major decision
157: Nick Rodgers (OSW) def. Steve Andolena (ITHACA), 14-1, major decision
165: Marc Collins (OSW) def. David Foley (ITHACA), 6-4
174: David Priest (ITHACA) def. Cameron Mills (OSW), 2-1
184: Josue Mendez (ITHACA) def. Danny Sutherland (OSW), 17-7, major decision
197: Shane Bartrum (ITHACA) def. Kevin Shirley (OSW), 12-3, major decision
285: Matt Mahon (ITHACA) def. Angelo DiNottia (OSW), Pin 1:14