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Morrisville State wrestling ninth at Oneonta State Red Dragon Invite

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College wrestling team compiled 49.5 team points to claim ninth place overall at the Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational Saturday afternoon in Oneonta.

Cortland won the invitational after compiling 157.5 points.

Justin DeLamothe (Cross River, NY) went 2-3 at the tournament, placing sixth overall in the 125 pound weight class. In the first round, DeLamothe pinned Adam Stevens (JHU) in 1:44 before falling to tournament champion Mike McInally (RIT) 16-2. In wrestlebacks, DeLamothe earned the medical forfeit win over Abe Evans (GET) before collecting the 5-3 decision over Dan Franke (TCNJ) in the following round. Brian Borst (Cortland) defeated DeLamothe 6-5, and Derek Conant (Oneonta) recorded the pin in 2:33 for fifth place with DeLamothe earning sixth.

In the 174 pound weight class, Chad McCray (Albany, NY) took fifth place overall, tallying two wins and two losses. In the first round, McCray was pinned by tournament champion Greg Osgoodby (TCNJ) in 4:45. In the wrestleback round, McCray tallied two straight wins, a medical forfeit over Andrew Brochu (JHU) and a 7-5 decision over Brendan Palmatier (Oneonta). Mike Hamilton (Oneonta) defeated McCray 6-4 before sending McCray to the fifth place bout where he picked up the medical forfeit win over Mickey Keane (JHU) for fifth place.

James Lamonica (Staten Island, NY) tallied four wins and two losses at the tournament enroute to his fourth place finish in the heavyweight class. In the first round, Lamonica was defeated 6-4 by David Christopher (NCC) before collecting four straight wins, including two pins, in the wrestleback round. Lamonica pinned Sean McCauley (Scranton) in 1:33 before tallying a 6-2 decision over Dan McLean (Southern Maine). Lamonica defeated teammate Dave Columbo (Mahopac, NY) by a 1-0 decision before posting his second pin of the tournament against Kevin Gregory (Oneonta) in 4:25. Joe Murphy (Cortland) claimed third place over Lamonica with a pin in 2:36.

Morrisville State returns to the mats Saturday, December 6th at the RIT Invitational Tournament.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. 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 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. 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 offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.