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Wrestling finishes with 30th consecutive winning season

by Matt Lauster - Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 02:30 pm
Senior Donny McCoy uses his legs and arms to attain more control over his opponent. Brockport would beat the Wildcats by an outstanding score of 37-9.
Senior Donny McCoy uses his legs and arms to attain more control over his opponent. Brockport would beat the Wildcats by an outstanding score of 37-9.
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As the spring semester is underway at The College at Brockport, the regular season for the Golden Eagles wrestling team is coming to an end. The squad finished up its regular season with a dominating 37-9 win over the Pennsylvania College of Technology Wildcats.

Out of the 10 matches, Brockport only lost three. One defeat would come from the 165-pound weight class with senior Jackson Bell losing by a decision of nine to eight to Daniel Bergeron. Brockport also dropped a match in the 174-pound weight class when sophomore Tim Collins lost by a decision of eight to three to Dylan Gettys. The final loss of the afternoon came from the match in the 285-pound weight class when freshman Calik Kennedy lost to Dylan Otis by a score of three to one. 

With a team comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores, there was definitely going to be a learning curve for the first and second-year wrestlers. Although the curve does not seem to be present when evaluating the team’s winning season, there were some hiccups throughout the long stretch. 

A 28-6 loss to Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, Dec. 6 of 2018 and back to back losses to the University of Southern Maine and Johnson and Wales University were the three losses that blemished the Golden Eagles’ record. However, head coach Donald Murray likes how his wrestlers are always able to put their heads down and battle through adversity, even after losing a match.

“The important factor is that when our wrestlers lose, they have to have the ability to wrestle back, put the loss aside, and place in the tournament,” Murray said.

The first bout of the tournament would end up being a victory for the Golden Eagles by way of forfeit since the Pennsylvania College of Technology did not have a wrestler on its roster to match up with the recently deemed Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference rookie of the week, freshman Matt Caccamise. 

One of the most impressive victories for the Golden Eagles came in the 133 pound weight class from senior Donny McCoy. McCoy made quick work of his opponent, Colin Jens, by securing the pin two minutes and 51 seconds into the match.

In the 149 pound match junior Ryan Snow would pickup another dominant victory for the Golden Eagles when he defeated Jesse Walker with a score of 17-4. 

The Golden Eagles were able to get a look at all of their potential opponents heading into crunch time before playoffs. With the NCAA Regionals just around the corner, the squad feels a bit more comfortable knowing what to expect. Senior Jackson Bell took this approach heading into the final matches of the season.

“There are some tough teams with tough opponents we will be in competition with,” Bell said. “Which will help prepare us for the regional tournament which is at home this year.” 

The Golden Eagles finished the regular season with an overall record of 8—3 and have experienced a lot of highs and lows through the campaign that started back in November. Hopefully, with such a positive regular season for the wrestling team that is filled with underclassman they can take a positive attitude, not only into the upcoming postseason matches, but into future seasons as well. 

The final wrestling matches for the Golden Eagles will be in the NCAA Regionals held at the Special Event and Recreation Center (SERC) at Brockport on Feb. 23 and 24.

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