Fifth-ranked Cortland State blanks RIT 43-0 for first win of season
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Fifth-ranked Cortland State won all 10 weight classes and defeated visiting RIT 43-0 Sunday afternoon at Corey Gymnasium. The Red Dragons improved to 1-0, while the Tigers fell to 1-2.
Junior Paul Fields started the match with an 8-2 decision at 125 pounds. Sophomore Alec Dierna followed with a 6-3 decision at 133 pounds. At 141 pounds, sophomore Tony Battista recorded the first of Cortland's three technical falls in the match 24-6 versus his opponent, and the Red Dragons led 11-0.
At 149 pounds, nationally second-ranked sophomore Bobby Dierna improved his record to 10-3 on the season with a 19-5 major decision over RIT junior Brad Mayville, who entered the match with an 18-3 record. Freshman Brendan Dent then recorded an 8-3 win at 157 pounds, and Cortland received a forfeit win at 165 pounds for a 24-0 lead.
Nationally third-ranked junior Lou Puca improved his record to 16-4 on the season with a 16-0 technical fall at 174 pounds that included 11 near-fall points. In the closest bout of the day, Cortland freshman Brian Bulger recorded a take down and two near-fall points in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit and earned a 6-5 victory versus RIT senior Tyler Brent at 184 pounds.
After an RIT forfeit at 197 pounds, nationally eighth-ranked junior Lance Moore registered a 19-4 technical fall with 32 seconds remaining in the second period to close out the match at 285 pounds. Moore improved to 10-1 with his win.