Santiago Binghamton Open Champion
Rider at Binghamton Open
Santiago champ, Brundage runner-up, Morrison 3rd, Cibula 4th, Morris and McNeil 5th
VESTAL, NY-The Broncs come home from the 15-team, 300-wrestler Binghamton Open with a champion, a runner-up, a third place, a fourth place and two fifth place finishers. "I thought this was a pretty good start to the season," said Rider head coach Gary Taylor. "The kids wrestled hard in a tough tournament."
165 junior Ramon Santiago (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville) defeated Casey Kent of Penn 6-5 in the finals. "This was the first college tournament that Ramon has won," Taylor said. "He did a nice job."
In the semifinals Santiago defeated Judd Ziegler of Princeton 6-5. In the quarterfinals Santiago defeated Travis Moyer of Lock Haven 10-0. In the second round Santiago defeated Rex Lutz of Penn State 7-2. Santiago defeated Brad Wukie of Penn 7-3 in the first round.
174 junior James Brundage (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) lost 4-3 to Kevin Bailey of Lehigh in the finals. In the semifinals he defeated 20th ranked Marshall Peppelman of Cornell 7-4. "It was good to see Brundage beat a top-20 wrestler," Taylor said.
In the quarterfinals Brundage defeated James Frascella of Penn State 3-2. Brundage pinned Mathew Cunningham of Cornell (3:29) in the second round. Brundage received a first round bye
184 sophomore Clint Morrison (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff) defeated Gabe Dean of Flo Wrestling Club 7-4 in the battle for third place. Morrison went 3-1 in the tournament. Morrison lost 10-2 to Craig Scott of Cornell in semifinals. Morrison defeated Canaan Bethea of Penn 5-4 on a tiebreaker in the quarterfinals. Morrison defeated Sebastian Levin of Brown 8-6 on a tie-breaker in the second round after a first round bye.
157 senior Zac Cibula (Luxemburg, Wis./Luxemburg Casco) placed fourth, winning six of eight bouts. In consolations Cibula defeated Cody Copeland of Lock Haven 13-1, defeated Craemer Hedash of Army, 3-1, defeated Joe Chamish of Binghamton 10-1, pinned Jake Kemerer of Lock Haven (1:12) and defeated Chris Dowdy of Cornell 9-5. He pinned Jason Fugiel of Drexel (1:44) before losing the battle of third place to James Volrath of Penn State 8-4. Cibula lost 3-1 to Jesse Shanamen of Cornell.
197 sophomore Donald McNeil (Plainville, Mass./Wyoming Seminary) placed fifth when he pinned Jace Bennett of Cornell (3:23). He was 4-2 in the tournament. In consolations he defeated Tim Murphy of Hofstra 9-4 and Lukasz Stala of Cornell 10-0 before losing to Billy George of Cornell 5-2. McNeil lost 3-1 to Micah Burak of Penn in the quarterfinals. McNeil pinned Jace Bennett of Cornell (5:46) in the first round.
133 sophomore Jimmy Morris (Northport, NY/St. Anthony's) placed fifth. In consolations Morris defeated Josh Kennedy of Cornell 10-0, defeated Garett Frey of Princeton 6-3, pinned Cameron Kelly of Penn State (4:57), defeated Cody Wheeler of Lock Haven 6-2 before being pinned by Nick Arujau of Cornell. He defeated Randy Cruz of Lehigh 7-5 in the battle for fifth. Morris lost 3-0 to Randy Cruz of Lehigh in the first round.
141 sophomore Vinny Fava (Elmwood Park, N.J./Elmwood Park) went 3-2. In the consolations Fava defeated Colton Perry of Binghamton 8-2 before losing 3-0 to Mike Nevinger of Cornell. Fava lost 3-1 to Joe Bonaldi of Binghamton in the quarterfinals. Fava defeated Michael Waters of Penn State 17-4 in the first round and defeated Zach Tanenbaum of Brown 15-5 in the second round.
184 freshman Ryan Wolfe (New Castle, Del./Caravel) went 3-2. In consolations Wolfe defeated Gage Harrah of Drexel 5-4, defeated Joe Rimel of Lock Haven 14-5 before losing 11-3 to Cameron Croy of Harvard. In the second round lost 8-4 to Lorenzo Thomas of Penn. Wolfe pinned William Gray of Army (1:46) in the pigtails
149 sophomore Nick Papa (Edgemont, Pa./Penncrest) went 3-2. In consolations, Papa defeated Nick Stager of Harvard 6-4, defeated Colin Saunders of Boston U. 5-2, and defeated Cory Goshkagzarian of Hofstra 5-4 before losing by injury default to Seth Beitz of Penn State. Papa was pinned by Jahiani Callender of Hofstra in the first round.
133 sophomore Rob Cigna (Morganville, NJ/St. John Vianney) went 3-2. In consolations Cigna defeated Tom Burke of Sacred Heart 18-4, defeated Eric Freidman of Penn 11-9, defeated Jalen Ramos of Rutgers 11-5 before losing 6-3 to Shay Warren of Harvard. Cigna lost 10-2 to James Gulibon of Penn State in the first round.
157 sophomore Conor Brennan (Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.) went 3-2. In consolations Brennan won 6-5 over Stephen Robertson of Penn, defeated Joe Marino of Harvard 12-5, defeated Aaron Fry of Lock Haven 3-2 before losing 7-4 to Chris Dowdy of Cornell. Brennan lost 4-3 to Nick Tourville of Boston U. in the pigtails
149 freshman Curt Delia (Mullica Hill, NJ/Delsea) went 2-2. Delia defeated Peter Ishiguro of Boston U 14-5 in consolations before losing 4-3 to Andrew Lenzi of Penn. Delia was pinned by Donny Vinson of Binghamton in the second round after he defeated Alexis Wagener of Harvard 11-2 in the first round.
174 junior Chris Spagnola (Monroe Township, N.J./St. John Vianney) was 1-2. In consolations he defeated teammate McElwee 3-2 before being pinned by Mike Dessino of Bloomsburg. Spagnola lost 11-0 to Cody Hutcheson of Cornell in the first round.
165 freshman Shane Springer (Norristown, PA/Norristown) went 1-2. In consolations Springer lost 5-3 to Tristan Hammer of Binghamton. Springer pinned Jake Powers of Lock Haven (4:59) in the first round before losing 6-4 to Michael Wightman of Boston in the second round.
174 junior Brandon Lintner (Little Egg Harbor, NJ/Pinelands Regional) was 1-2. In consolations he advanced due to a medical forfeit over Mathew Cunningham of Cornell before being pinned by Ian Korb of Penn. Lintner lost 4-3 in the first round to John Paris of Binghamton.
125 sophomore Mike Shupin (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Memorial) went 0-2. In consolations Shupin was injured in the third period and could not continue, losing to Vinny Moita of Brown. Shupin lost 11-6 to Logan David of Cornell in the first round.
285 freshman Greg Velasco (Union Beach, NJ/Keyport) went 0-2. In consolations he lost 5-3 to Steven Graziano of Penn 5-3.Velasco lost 4-1 to Stryker of Cornell in the first round.
174 sophomore Jeff McElwee (Cedar Run, NJ/Southern Regional) went 0-2. McElwee lost 5-0 to Giuseppi Lanzi of Brown in the second round after a first round bye. In the consolations he lost to teammate Spagnola 3-2.
125 freshman Patrick Skinner (Freeport, NY/Kellenberg) went 0-2. In consolations Skinner was pinned by Thomas Payne of Bloomsburg. Skinner lost to by tech fall Nashon Garret of Cornell.
Rider takes to the mat again Friday, traveling to Lock Haven to take on the host Bald Eagles and Shippensburg. "We saw today that Lock Haven has a tough team," Taylor said, "so it is going to be a battle."