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Cortland State wins second straight Div. 3 Northeast Regional title

MIDDLETOWN, March 2, 2014 — Cortland State won its second consecutive NCAA Division III Northeast Regional championship and six Red Dragons qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships — five as regional champions at Wesleyan.

Cortland finished first in the 18-team field with 128 points, two ahead of runner-up Ithaca. Johnson & Wales (R.I.) placed third with 105.5 points and Roger Williams was fourth with 97.5 points. Ranked ninth nationally in Div. III, Cortland will be sending six wrestlers to nationals for the second year in a row. The championship meet is March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Earning trips to nationals for Cortland with regional titles were senior Sean Kempf (215); senior Brian Bistis (141); sophomore Bobby Dierna (149); junior Lou Puca (174); and sophomore Joe Giaramita (197).

The top three finishers in each weight class at regionals qualified for the NCAA championship meet on March 14th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

CADET EARNS THIRD TRIP TO NCAA: Coast Guard junior All-American Nate Giorgio is heading back to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship after earning an automatic berth with his third place finish.

Giorgio (133 pounds) will be making his third straight trip to the NCAA championship. He placed fourth nationally at 125 pounds to earn All-America honors as a freshman before winning one of three matches last season at the NCAA’s.

Giorgio advanced on a medical forfeit before recording a 14-2 major decision to earn a spot in the semifinals.He lost a tough 7-6 decision to the No. 2 seed Silas Murray, ranked ninth nationally, from Rhode Island College before registering an 11-1 major decision over Brian Jennings from WPI to earn a spot in the third place match. Giorgio finished third with a convincing 4-0 win over Patrick Lacroix from Roger Williams.

TWO BANTAMS QUALIFY: Trinity College junior heavyweight Kyle McGuire (Mansfield, Mass.) went 4-0, including a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Lance Moore, of Cortland State, to win his weight class title in the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional.

Bantam senior tri-captain Petros Hologitas (Brockton, Mass.) reached the finals of the 197-pound bracket, before falling to Cortland State’s Joe Giaramita, ranked No. 3 nationally, in the finals by a score of 7-3.  Both wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament. Trinity placed 11th in team standings with 39.5 points.

“Kyle McGuire, an unseeded wrestler, won the tournament without surrendering a single takedown,” said Trinity head coach Marques Gales.  “Having a pair of national qualifiers is a huge step forward for our program.”

MAT DUST: A former Newington High wrestler qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament. Williams freshman Christopher Chorzepa qualified by beating Springfield’s Michael Case, 5-0 in the consolation final at 184 pounds. … Chorzepa’s former teammate Brian Amato nearly qualified. Wrestling for WPI, Amato dropped a 5-4 decision to Jonathan Murray of Rhode Island College in the consolation final at 126 pounds. … Wesleyan had nine wrestlers in the tournament and eight won at least one match but none finished in the top six of their respective weight classes.

2014 NCAA Division III Northeast Regionals
At Middletown (Wesleyan)
Team results – 1. Cortland State 128; 2. Ithaca College 126; 3. Johnson & Wales University 105½; 4. Roger Williams University 97½; 5. Williams College 78½; 6. Springfield College 77½; 7. Rhode Island College 59½; 8. Oneonta State 54; 8. Worcester Polytechnic Institute 54; 10. Coast Guard 41½; 11. Trinity (CT) 39½; 12. Norwich University 31½; 13. Southern Maine 30½; 14. Wesleyan (CT) 27½; 15. Bridgewater State 15; 16. Plymouth State 14; 16. Oswego State 14; 18. Western New England University 2
Individual results
126: Final — Sean Kempf (Cortland State) dec. Jimmy Kaishian (Ithaca) 6-2; 3. Jonathan Murray (Rhode Island College) dec. Brian Amato (WPI) 5-4; 5. Anthony D`Anton (Roger Williams) dec.  Daniel Sedita (Williams) 7-3
133: Final — Alex Gomez (Ithaca) dec. Silas Murray (Rhode Island College) 7-5; 3. Nathaniel Giorgio (Coast Guard) dec. Patrick Lacroix (Roger Williams) 4-0; 5. Sean Hanson (Oneonta State) dec. Brian Jennings (WPI) 6-0
141: Final — Brian Bistis (Cortland State) pin Dominick Giacolone (Ithaca) 0:51; 3. Michael Ferinde (Johnson & Wales) dec. Benjamin Mikac (Oneonta State) 3-2; 5. Ricondo Cole (Rhode Island College) dec. Tyler Tilbe (WPI) 7-4
149: Final — Bobby Dierna (Cortland State) dec. Eric Hamrick (Springfield) 16-6; 3. Joey Gaccione (Johnson & Wales) pin Mike Perruccio (WPI) 4:16; 5. Timothy Garripoli (Williams) dec. Eamonn Gaffney (Ithaca) 3-2
157: Final — Jorge Lopez (Williams) dec. Kevin Collins (Ithaca) 6-0; 3. Everet Desilets (Johnson & Wales) pin Devin Biscaha (Springfield) 2:07; 5. Francisco Colom (Roger Williams) pin Michael Palomba (Coast Guard) 1:55
165: Final — Kristopher Schimek (Ithaca) tech fall Collin Crowell (Roger Williams) 15-0, 4:22; 3. Dylan Foley (Springfield) dec. Shaun Gillen (Oneonta State) 2-1 OT; 5. Stephen Jarrell (Johnson & Wales) dec. Mike Beckwtih (Cortland State) 7-5 OT
174: Final — Lou Puca (Cortland State) medical forfeit over  Colin Lenhardt (Johnson & Wales) ; 3. Carlos Toribio (Ithaca) dec. William Burns (Norwich University) 5-4; 5. Lucas Taylor (Coast Guard) dec. Daniel Graff (Oneonta State) 14-8
184 Final — Jonathan Deupree (Southern Maine) pin David Welch (Roger Williams) 7:37; 3. Christoper Chorzepa (Williams) dec. Michael Case (Springfield) 5-0; 5. Dylen Seybolt (Johnson & Wales) pin Alex Freilich (WPI) 3:45
197: Final — Joe Giaramita (Cortland State) dec. Petros Hologitas (Trinity), 7-3; 3. Shane Parcel (Roger Williams) dec. Hunter Ayen (Springfield) 3-2; 5. Chad Obzud (Oneonta State) dec. Anthony Brooks (Williams) 19-4
285: Final Kyle McGuire (Trinity) dec. Lance Moore (Cortland State) 3-2; 3. Ricky Caruso (Briidgewater State) dec. Shane Bartrum (Ithaca) 2-1. OT; 5. Brian Nicoll (Rhode Island College) dec. Kyle Foster (Roger Williams) 6-4

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