ONEONTA, N.Y. – A sluggish start cost the Castleton University wrestling team its opportunity to defeat SUNY Oneonta, but the Spartans recovered and defeated nationally ranked SUNY Cortland, followed by a convincing victory over Niagara County Community College Saturday at the Northeast Duals held at Dewar Arena.
Frank Darwak started the match against SUNY Cortland with a major decision victory over Kenny Daniels in the 125-pound match, followed by Nick Camacho defeating Ben Lloyd on a major decision at 133 pounds. SUNY Cortland closed to within two points at 8-6 on a victory by pin, but Max Tempel responded with a technical fall victory at 149 pounds to extend the Castleton advantage back to seven at 13-6.
Jared Costa earned five points for the Spartans with a technical fall victory at 165 pounds, and then Mitchell LaFlam and Cedrick Stephens solidified Castleton's 30-12 victory with decision wins at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively. SUNY Cortland was ranked 16th nationally in the most recent NWCA Coaches Poll.
Darwak enjoyed two victories during the day, as he started the SUNY Oneonta match with a major decision victory. However, the Red Dragons responded with three straight wins to pull ahead, 13-4. After Cameron Milliken won on decision at 157 pounds, Costa pinned his opponent in just 33 seconds to tie the contest at 13-13.
SUNY Oneonta clinched the 25-16 victory with two decisions and a pin among the final four matches. Castleton's lone victory down the stretch came at 197 pounds when Stephens earned an 8-4 decision victory over Peter Pjetri.
The Spartans won eight of 10 matches over Niagara County CC to defeat the Thunderwolves for the second consecutive year, 42-8. Costa and Stephens completed perfect days at 3-0 each with pinfall victories over their opponents. Camacho, Tempel, and LaFlam all won their second contest of the day against the Thunderwolves, with Tempel and LaFlam both pinning their foes.
Castleton (6-4) closes out the 2017 portion of its schedule with a home dual match against the University of Southern Maine next Saturday, Dec. 16, starting at 2:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym.