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Morrisville State wrestling places 11th at Red Dragon Invite

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College wrestling team placed 11th overall at the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragon Invitational on Saturday, earning 51.5 team points while placing three.

Aljamain Sterling (Uniondale, NY/Uniondale) repeated a third place finish for the second consecutive week at 133 pounds, tallying a 4-1 record at the invite. In the first round, Sterling defeated Jeff Root (WPI) 6-1 before tallying a 6-0 victory over Matt Myers (Hunter). Third seed Tom Masciale (NYU) posted a 3-1 in the semi-final round, sending Sterling into the wrestlebacks where he posted a 5-0 victory over Bogdan Szurant (Oneonta) and a 5-1 win over Mile Tellier (Niagara) for the third place finish.

At 184, Jose Cruz (Syracuse, NY/Fowler) posted a 3-2 record for the invitational, placing fourth. In the first round, Cruz defeated Michael Cunningham (NYU) by a final 9-2 before defeating Joey Scott (Hunter) 5-4 in the second round. Eventual tournament champion, Treavor LeBlanc (Cortland) pinned Cruz in 3:18 sending him to the wrestlebacks, where Cruz tallied a 13-6 victory over Kyle Gibas (Niagara) before suffering a medical forfeit in the final round for the fourth place finish.

Kevin Kinnear (Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia) placed sixth at 197 pounds recording two wins and three losses. In round one, Kinnear pinned Mike Byrnes (Scranton) before defeating Cameron Gee (Cortland) 5-3. In the third round, Peter Madden (Hunter) pinned Kinnear in 1:55 sending him into wrestlebacks where he medical forfeited twice for the sixth place finish.

Morrisville State returns to the mats on Saturday, December 1 at the RIT 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.