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March 4, 2014

Oneonta State wrestlers place eighth at regionals

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Five Oneonta State wrestlers placed as the Red Dragons finished eighth out of 18 teams in the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional tournament Saturday at Wesleyan University.

The event served as qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships with the top three wrestlers in each weight class moving on. The Red Dragons did not have anyone qualify as senior Ben Mikac and sophomore Shaun Gillen just missed.

Mikac and Gillen, wrestling at 141 and 165 pounds, respectively, both made it to the semifinals.

Mikac, the third seed, fell to second-seeded Dominick Giacolone of Ithaca College, 3-2, in an overtime tiebreaker. Mikac then defeated Tyler Tilbe of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 5-3, to advance to the third-place match. Mikac lost to Johnson & Wales’ Michael Ferinde, 3-2, to place fourth.

Fourth-seeded Gillen lost his semifinal match, 3-0, to top-seeded Kristoph Schimek of Ithaca. He bounced back to defeat Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales, 6-4, in overtime. Gillen then faced Springfield’s Dylan Foley for the right to go to nationals. Gillen lost, 2-1, on criteria after he was unable to escape in the final 30-second overtime period.

Seniors Sean Hanson, Chad Obzud and Dan Graff also placed for the Red Dragons. Hanson and Obzud finished fifth at 133 and 197, respectively. Graff placed sixth at 174.

MEN’S LACROSSEOnondaga 24, Delhi 7

Jake Guy and Bryan Kelly had two goals apiece for SUNY Delhi, which lost a non-conference game to top-ranked Onondaga Community College on Friday at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.

Guy also had one assist for the Broncos.

It marked the 71st straight victory over Onondaga, which has won the last six NJCAA Division III titles.

Vaughn Harris had four goals and three assists, and Nick Garbarino had three goals and four assists for Onondaga.

Eighth-ranked Delhi (1-1) will travel to play No. 2 Genesee on Saturday.

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