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Wrestling 13th at RIT Invitational; Lamonica places sixth

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College wrestling team compiled 13.5 points to finish13th overall as a team Saturday at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational in Rochester.

James Lamonica (Staten Island, NY) posted a 3-3 record on the day’s competition, wrestling to a sixth place individual spot in the heavyweight class. In round one, Lamonica defeated Dave Amhrein (Wesleyan University) by a 6-4 final score before falling to Melvin Warrick (Waynesburg) by a 7-5 decision.

In the wrestleback round, Lamonica posted two straight wins, pinning Terence Haynes (Baldwin Wallace) in 4:37 and defeating Rich Janicki (Waynesburg) 12-4, before falling to Oswego’s Eric Leusch with a bout score of 5-1. Warrick defeated Lamonica for fifth place by disqualification.

In other weight classes, Joe Lanza (Herkimer, NY), Chris Stobie (Phelps, NY) and Justin Delamothe (Cross River, NY) went 0-2, 0-2 and 1-2 at the 125 pound weight class while Lenny Bressler (Plainview, NY) was 0-2 at 133; Goodson Philipe (Brentwood, NY) was 0-2 at 141 pounds; Nate Cross (Kingsbury, NY) 0-2 at 157; Jake Holmon (Katonah, NY) 0-2 at 165; Mike Ezzo (Sherburne, NY) 0-2 at 174; and Bill Tuohy (Sag Harbor, NY) 0-2 at 184.

Morrisville State returns to the mats January 4th at the Roger Williams Invitational following the holiday break.

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.