O-State wrestlers recognized

Oneonta State seniors Brian Kramer and James Lamonica recently earned National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-America honors for the first time.

They became the 16th and 17th Red Dragons honored for their academic and wrestling accomplishments.

The Red Dragons were also recognized for the sixth time in the last eight years as a NWCA Scholar Team. They were 18th overall on the list of 24 that were honored with an overall team GPA of 3.305.

To be eligible for the individual award, a student-athlete must carry a GPA better than 3.20 and meet one of following three criteria: qualifying for the NCAA Championships, placing in the NCAA qualifying tournament or winning more than 66 percent of his matches.

Kramer, an education major, and Lamonica, a criminal justice major, placed in their respective weight classes at this year's Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference tournament, which is the qualifying tournament for the NCAA championships. Kramer and Lamonica finished fifth at 184 and 285 pounds, respectively. Kramer went 26-12 and Lamonica had 21-10 record.

Kramer, along with juniors Eric Simmons and David Broughton, was named to the ECWC Team. To be eligible for the ECWC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or have an average 3.3 GPA over the previous two semesters. The wrestler must also have competed in at least three official matches during the season and be eligible to compete at the ECWC championships.

Simmons, who was selected to the ECWC Academic Team last year, is a double major in Physics and Engineering. His season was slowed by an injury, but he still went 6-4.

A pre-med and biology major, Broughton had a 6-8 record.

O-State athletes of the week

Junior softball pitcher Jessica Iuliano and junior tennis player Adam Shapiro earned athlete of the week honors from Oneonta State.

Iuliano is 3-0 in her three starts this season, including two complete games and a shutout, during the Red Dragons' spring trip to Tucson, Ariz.

She pitched O-State to a 4-0 win over 24th-ranked Coe College and threw a four-hitter in the Red Dragons' 6-1 victory over Dickinson. She also pitched the first five innings of O-State's 2-1 win over Denison.

Shapiro went 2-0 in singles matches and 1-1 in doubles against St. John Fisher and Rochester.

Shapiro defeated Howard VanBuren, 6-0, 6-0, in second singles and teamed with Josh Slifkin for a third doubles win to help the Red Dragons defeat St. John Fisher, 7-0.

Against Rochester, Shapiro defeated Jeff Zink, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, at second singles.

Oneonta is 4-4.

Cobleskill athlete of the week

Junior Peter King (Cooperstown) was named SUNY Cobleskill's athlete of the week after batting .462 during the Fighting Tigers' spring trip to Flemington, N.J.

Green, who played catcher and left field, had six hits in 13 at-bats and drove in four runs.

The Fighting Tigers went 2-4.

Cobleskill will play its home opener at noon Sunday against Hamilton College.

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