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Wrestling takes third in out-of-state invitational

by Matt Lauster - Contributing Writer
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 05:00 pm
Junior wrestler, Zach Barker lifts the Oswego opponent off his feet and pins him to the mat. Barker has been a strong component for the wrestling squad all year, contributing to the team's season long success.
Junior wrestler, Zach Barker lifts the Oswego opponent off his feet and pins him to the mat. Barker has been a strong component for the wrestling squad all year, contributing to the team's season long success.

With the season coming to a close, the time for the SUNY Brockport wrestling team to head to Ohio for the John Summa Invitational at Baldwin Wallace University had approached. The Golden Eagles headed into this tournament hoping to end up on the podium and finish the season on a positive note.

This tournament had some tough competition for Brockport, including some schools that are a part of Division II, such as Wheeling Jesuit and Lourdes University. Head coach of the Golden Eagles, Donald Murray believes that experience against tougher opponents is necessary for the young team’s ability to execute and perform against higher level competition.

“I’m looking for our wrestlers to learn how important it is to be ready when they go out to wrestle and stay in matches where we’re wrestling tough opponents,” Murray said.

Coach Murray added how this could pile on experience for his young team going into the final upcoming tournaments for the season.

“The regional tournament coming up will have 16 teams, so it will be the same environment that they’re most used to now,” Murray said.

Even the wrestlers for the Golden Eagles agreed with their head coach that putting their best foot forward on the mat would be crucial when it comes to ending the season on a high note. Senior Jackson Bell wanted to leave Ohio for the last time knowing he put everything he had in the tank.

“For me, I want to walk away from this tournament with no regrets,” Bell said. “This includes leaving everything I have out on the mat and not wishing I could have done anything else different. This being my last time traveling out to Ohio, I want to leave my mark by being a tough opponent to anyone who steps in the circle against me and to secure a place on the podium.”

The Golden Eagles placed third out of a total of 15 teams that attended the invitational. In the 125 pound weight class freshman Matt Caccamise won third place after winning two of his three matches, by scores of 23-6 and 7-5 victory in double overtime respectively. Another notable showing for the Brockport wrestlers was in the 149 pound weight class where junior Ryan Snow finished in third place. Snow’s first two victories came in decisions of 12-1 and 6-5 respectively. Snow went on to lose his semifinal match and win the third place bout after securing the pin at four minutes and twenty seconds. 

The Golden Eagles will end their season against the Pennsylvania College of Technology at home on Saturday, Feb. 9.