Monday, 03 December 2018 09:17

Russo Earns TItle; Four Lakers Place at RIT Invitational

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 Rocco Russo captured the title in the 149-pound weight class, compiling a 5-0 record on the day.

The senior was in the zone through his first three matches, recording a fall in less than a minute and two technical falls to move into the semifinal round.

In the semifinal, Russo was tested and answered the challenge, winning a wild 22-20 decision over Peter Nash of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Russo was able to finish the task in the first-place bout, scoring a 7-4 victory against RIT's Zach Stedeford.

While Russo went undefeated to claim a title, Isaac Mathews and Jeff Lombardi each won as many or more matches as their teammate en route to third-place showings.

Mathews went 6-1 on the day to place third in the 165-pound class, securing two decisions, a major decision (12-3) and a shutout in a technical fall to open the day (16-0).

Lombardi slimmed down to drop a weight class to 184-pounds, which suited the senior just fine.

The Campbell Hall, N.Y. native notched falls at 3:22 and 5:50 for his first two victories before winning by 10-6 and 7-6 decisions to register for the third-place matchup.

Trevor Hoffmier put marks in the win column for his first three bouts – not only of the day but of his season – earning a spot in the semifinal.

The 165-pounder dropped a tight 3-1 match in the semis before being forced to medical forfeit his final two tilts, resulting in a sixth-place showing.

Also ending with multiple wins on the day were William Hardin, Troy Seymour and Bryce Reed, each collecting two triumphs apiece.

WHAT'S NEXT

Oswego will have its home opener when its welcomes Ithaca College to Max Ziel Gymnasium at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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