O-State wrestlers fall short against rivals

Benjamin Patton | The Daily StarOneonta State’s Adam Greene, right, controls Cortland’s Matt Norris in their 141-pound match during Wednesday’s Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference dual meet at G. Hal Chase Gymnasium. Greene won an 8-3 decision, but Oneonta suffered a 19-18 loss to the rival Red Dragons.

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Joe Giaramita’s major decision at 197 pounds gave Cortland an insurmountable lead with one match to go as Oneonta State dropped an Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference dual meet, 19-18, at home on Wednesday.

Giaramita, who entered the match as the fourth-ranked NCAA Division III wrestler at 197, earned a 12-0 major decision over Chad Obzud to put Cortland ahead, 19-12.

O-State heavyweight James Bethel followed with a pin of Lance Moore in 5 minutes, 26 seconds to cap the scoring. Three-time ECWC Rookie of the Week Bethel avenged an early-season loss to Moore, who is ranked ninth in the heavyweight division.

Shaun Gillen’s 6-4 decision over Cortland’s Joe Cataldo at 174 pounds tied the score at 12 before Greene graduate Tyler Beckwith edged Oneonta’s Vincent Provenzano, 5-3, at 184.

Beckwith, ranked fourth at 184, gave Cortland a 15-12 lead that it extended to seven points with Giaramita’s major decision.

Adam Greene contributed an 8-3 decision over Matt Norris at 141 pounds for O-State, which earned six points with a forfeit win at 157.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Cobleskill 72, Cazenovia 70

Alexis Nunez finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for SUNY Cobleskill, which rallied from an 18-point deficit in the first half for a North Eastern Athletic Conference victory at home.

The Fighting Tigers (6-8, 4-2) trailed, 38-25, at halftime but started the second half with a 16-2 run.

Nunez, who was honored for reaching the 1,000-point milestone before the game, made two free throws with 1:10 left to give Cobleskill a 68-67 lead. The Fighting Tigers extended their lead to 70-67 on two more free throws by Nunez with 17 seconds to go, and the teams traded foul shots thereafter.

Freshman swingman Brian Jackson contributed 14 points and a college-best nine rebounds for Cobleskill, which got 15 points from Cortrell King.

The Wildcats (5-9, 3-3) received double-digit scoring efforts from Keith Caiello (18 points), Malik Adair-Mountain (15), Ryan Gavin (14) and Nate Hudson (10).

Cobleskill hosts a NEAC game against Penn College at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Delhi 85, HV 76

Francisco Infante finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double as SUNY Delhi earned a Mountain Valley Conference victory at home.

Infante had 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for the Broncos, who took a 37-25 lead into halftime.

“His scoring was really balanced tonight and he did a really good job of getting people involved,” Delhi coach Louis Reyes said of Infante, who scored 15 points after halftime.

Matt Banton scored 17 of his 23 points in the opening half and finished with five three-pointers for the Broncos (10-9), who got 12 rebounds and nine points from Marv Berroa.

Delhi also got 13 points from reserve Jerry Velez, a walk-on from Martin Luther King Jr. High in Harlem who joined the team late in the first semester.

“He’s a walk-on who doesn’t play much, but he gave us a burst of energy tonight,” Reyes said. “We added him after the midterm grades came in. He killed it in the classroom and got rave reviews on campus, so I gave him a chance because that’s the kind of student-athlete we want on our team.”

Delhi, which is 10-6 against Region III foes, hosts Clinton Community College at 4 p.m. Saturday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Delhi 68, HV 66

Brittany Toliver hit a late three-pointer to tie the score and Adriane Jackson followed with the go-ahead layup to lift Delhi to a Mountain Valley Conference victory at home.

After Toliver’s deep three knotted it at 66, Jackson caused a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play and scored the decisive points with 2.8 seconds left.

Toliver also made a three-pointer with 1:30 remaining to start Delhi’s rally from eight points down. The Broncos followed with baskets off a turnover and a defensive rebound to cut its deficit to one before Hudson Valley made two free throws to cap its scoring with 18 seconds to go.

Toliver finished with 14 points and Jackson had 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals for Delhi, which received 22 points, seven assists and six steals from Sarafina Carter.

Jazzmine Lee contributed nine rebounds, seven points and four blocks for the Broncos, who played HV to a 29-all deadlock at halftime.

Delhi hosts Clinton CC at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cazenovia 76, Cobleskill 65

Shelby Preston finished with 22 points and 21 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, but host Cobleskill lost a NEAC game.

The Fighting Tigers (2-9, 1-5) also received 16 points and five rebounds from freshman guard Annette Hogan (Margaretville) and held a 39-37 lead a halftime.

The Wildcats (6-7, 4-2) turned 12 Cobleskill turnovers into 22 second-half points.

Cobleskill hosts Penn College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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