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Snow and Caccamise cap off Brockport wrestling's season

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Wed, Mar 13th 2019 02:00 pm
Junior wrestler Ryan Snow eyes up his RIT opponent during a match in the NCAA Mideast Regionals. Expecting to graduate in the fall, Snow is unsure if he'll wrestle next season.
Junior wrestler Ryan Snow eyes up his RIT opponent during a match in the NCAA Mideast Regionals. Expecting to graduate in the fall, Snow is unsure if he'll wrestle next season.
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Junior Ryan Snow was arguably Brockport’s most consistent and reliable wrestler throughout the duration of the 2018-19 campaign. Of the 15 tournaments, meets and invitationals Brockport competed in, Snow finished first in the 149-pound weight class seven times. He also made the most of the NCAA Regionals, going 4—1 and finishing third in the 149 weight class. When asked if he could’ve changed anything about his season, there wasn’t a single regret he could think of.

“Honestly no, I gave up a lot of my social life this season and I spent countless hours outside of the practice room preparing for the nationals and I’m really glad I did,” Snow said. “Obviously I would have liked to place higher but I’m still really happy with myself for setting a goal from day one and pursuing my dream. I wrote down ‘2019 All-American, March 9th,’ every single day of the season and I set it as my background on my phone to remind me every minute of the day what my goal was.”

Off by one day, Snow earned All-American honors after completing the first day of the NCAA National Championships on Friday, March 8. To start the competition, Snow began with a preliminary victory only to lose the next bout 4-2. His next two matchups ended in victories of 13-5 and 11-8, securing himself a top-eight spot and a chance at third place overall. On the second day, Snow lost his first match but won the second in extra time, placing him seventh in the DIII 149 weight class. In what could be his last time competing for Brockport, Snow made history in the final few days when it truly mattered. Head coach Don Murray has coached several All-Americans throughout his career. After witnessing Snow’s playoff trek, Murray believes that the wrestler fully met the requirements to deserve the high recognition.

“Ryan was injured last year and unable to compete in the second half of the season,” Murray said. “He had a tremendous impact and he has another year of eligibility to utilize if he has the ability to keep his work ethic and commit the time to the sport. I was very proud of his tenacity and toughness in his matches at Nationals, especially in his overtime match and his win in the blood round.”

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Of the four wrestlers who competed in the 125 weight class, freshman Matt Caccamise was the only one to make it into the playoffs. During the regular season he finished with six first place finishes, along with a third place finish in the Baldwin Wallace Tournament. 

Very similar to Snow’s performance in the NCAA Regionals, Caccamise started the tournament with two straight wins. The next day, Caccamise dropped his first match, but won the final two, allowing him to take third in Regionals and move on to Nationals. 

Considering the talent level Caccamise would be facing at the national level, the 4—1 record he earned in Regionals would be difficult to repeat. 

“The competition is definitely harder than what I normally wrestle through the season,” Caccamise said. “My coaches have put me up against some of the toughest kids throughout the season and I have tough workout partners who also have size on me, so I was well prepared.”

However, his first match ended the same way his previous bout did, with a decisional victory. Caccamise’s next match ended his win streak and moved him to the consolation side of the bracket. There, he won his first match 15-3 and lost his second 17-6, which in turn concluded his season. 

“I plan on topping this next season by continuing what I’ve been doing, perfecting my technique and getting stronger and quicker,” Caccamise said. “I also plan on improving my top game as that will allow me to win the closer matches and give me a lot more control in my matches.”

As a freshman, Caccamise has three more years left in his eligibility to compete as a Golden Eagle wrestler. Head coach Don Murray reflected on the potential that Caccamise holds for future success in Brockport wrestling. 

“Caccamise has a tremendous upside as long as he continues to focus, stay committed, and train hard,” Murray said. “He already knows what he has to do next year to succeed.”