The Oswego State wrestling team had several grapplers advance to the second day of competition at the Ithaca Invitational Saturday. The Lakers will have three wrestlers compete in the semifinals and numerous others in the consolation bracket, as they look to improve on their current sixth-place standing with 40.5 points. Cortland holds a slim 59.5 lead at the 11-team competition. Consolation matches resume at 10 a.m. with semifinal contests taking place at 11:30 a.m.
At 133 pounds, fourth-seeded Omar Santiago recorded a pair of victories over Stevens’ Ryan Neugebauer (10-6) and Matt Anderson of Springfield in a technical fall to advance to the quarterfinals versus the No. 5-seed Steve Contino of NYU. Santiago defeated Contino 7-1 to move to the semifinals where he will face top-seeded Will Livingston of Centenary. Teammate and seventh-seed Scott McGregor also moved to the quarterfinal round after defeating Stevens’ Andrew Boehm in 10-0 major decision, but fell to No. 2-seed Steve Ecker of Ithaca 9-3.
Chris Payne, the fifth-seed at 141 pounds, posted two pins in his first two matches of the day. Payne pinned Cortland’s Brandon Guthrie in 6:52 and NYU’s Alex Piniero in 4:41 to advance to the quarterfinals where he faced fourth-seed Dave Alsieux of Centenary, who defeated Payne 5-2.
Two more seeded Laker wrestlers, No. 3-seed Blake Fisher and No. 8-seed Nick Rodgers, moved onto the quarterfinals at 157 pounds. Fisher posted a 7-2 win over Ethan Farrell of Johnson and Wales and a 6-3 win over James Ondris of Cortland to earn the right to face sixth-seed Derrick Longo of Springfield. Fisher prevailed in the match against Longo by a score of 8-1. Rodgers lost to top-seeded Nicholas Sanko of Ithaca 3-0 in the quarterfinals after pinning Anthony Blais of Western New England in 2:05 and defeating Ithaca’s Doug Kramer 10-0 in a major decision.
Marc Collins, the third-seed at 165 pounds, earned his way into the quarterfinal round by defeating James Holden of Stevens, 10-6, and pinning Dan Harris of Centenary in 5:20. In the quarterfinal contest, Collins dropped a tight 2-1 decision to sixth-seed Jon Conroy of Cortland. In the 174-pound weight class, fourth-seed Cameron Mills moved on to the semifinal round after pinning Patrick Riera in 1:44 and defeating Charles Canella 5-0 and fifth-seed Brandon Sundwall 5-3. At 285 pounds, Joe Pesce advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over David Weidenaar (pin, 4:06) and eighth-seed Brandon DiDonato of Springfield (8-1), but was pinned by top-seeded JD Zitone (6:14).