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Morrisville State's Sterling and Cruz place third at Monarch Wrestling Invite

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Freshmen Jose Cruz (Syracuse, NY/Fowler) and Aljamain Sterling (Uniondale, NY/Uniondale) each placed third to lead Morrisville State at the Kings College Monarch Wrestling Invitational over the weekend.

Sterling posted a 5-1 record at the invitational in the 133 pound weight class. In the first round, Sterling pinned SUNY Oneonta opponent Bogdan Szurant in 3:18 before defeating Mike Slevin (Muhlenberg University) 7-1. In the third round, Sterling defeated Josh Pauling (Wilkes University) 3-2. David Morgan (Kings College), eventual champion, pinned Sterling in the fourth round, sending him to the consolation round where he posted wins over Ryan Wilson (Wilkes University) and Steve Kingsland (Ursinus College) for the third place finish.

Cruz posted a 6-1 record at the invitational in the 184 pound weight class. In the first round, Cruz defeated Jim Hopkins (Messiah College) 13-5 before defeating JJ Weltler (Ursinus College) 1-0 in the second round. Randy Criss (York College) defeated Cruz 10-7 in round three, sending Cruz to the consolation round where he posted four straight victories over opponents Chris Price (Washington & Jefferson College) 10-5, Tim Hopkins (Messiah College) in a fall, Hal Goodale (SUNY Oneonta) 5-3 and Criss in a 5-3 decision.

Team results were unavailable as of Wednesday.

Morrisville State returns to the mats Saturday, November 17 at the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragon Invitational.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.