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Morrisville State wrestling comeback to Norwich falls short

BURLINGTON, VT – The Morrisville State College wrestling team battled back to within one before falling to Norwich University 21-17 Saturday afternoon in Burlington, Vermont.

Norwich raced out to an early 18-0 lead, winning the first five matches, starting at the 165 pound weight class. Clayton Brittingham pinned Morrisville’s Matt Aird (North Babylon, NY) at 165 pounds, before Norwich’s Steve Celino beat Mike Ezzo (Sherburne, NY) by a narrow 5-4 margin at 174 pounds.

At 184, Morrisville’s Jeremiah Richardson (Fulton, NY) was defeated by Silas Bowerman 5-2 and Josh Richardsom (Fulton, NY) was defeated 4-0 by Norwich’s Jordan Ferguson at 197 pounds.

Jake Krik-Elkin defeated Mustang James LaMonica (Staten Island, NY) 6-2 in the heavyweights.

Vito Argese (Marcellus, NY) started the Morrisville comeback at 125 pounds, defeating Vincent Argese 8-6. Aljamain Sterling (Uniondale, NY) tallied an 11-3 win over Scott MacLean at 133 pounds before Nate Seymour (Bainbridge, NY) pinned opponent Shawn Lavoie in 2:02. Toby Reese (Homer, NY) won decisively over opponent Ryan Crosby by a final 9-1 at 149 pounds.

Connor Keating sealed the 21-17 win for Norwich, defeating Dinardo Joseph (Valley Stream, NY) 6-0 at 157 pounds.

Morrisville State returns to the mats on Wednesday at Oneonta. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Oneonta.

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.