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October 24, 2016   |   Ithaca, NY


Wrestling team places 14th at National Championship

The Ithaca College wrestling team saw three of its six wrestlers advance to day two of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on March 11–12 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a team, the South Hill squad earned a total of 26.5 points for the championship, which left them in the 14th overall spot in the standings.

Juniors Jimmy Kaishian, 125 lbs.; Carlos Toribio, 184 lbs.; and sophomore Nick Velez, 165 lbs., each advanced with 2–1 records. Senior Dan Glinko, 285 lbs.; junior Nick Wahba, 141 lbs.; and freshman Bryan Israel, 133 lbs., rounded out Ithaca’s national’s squad, but they were eliminated from their respective brackets March 11.

Kaishian began his tournament with a 5–1 decision win over senior Cole Ferguson from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the first round. He followed that up with a close 3–2 loss by decision to third-ranked sophomore Jakob Stageberg of Concordia-Moorhead College. That result moved Kaishian to the consolation bracket.

Kaishian held his own in the tournament with a crucial victory in the final seconds of his next bout with fifth-ranked junior Ryan Weinmann of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to take home a 6–4 win by decision.

In his first match on day two, Kaishian was pinned in just over two minutes after falling behind quickly, 4–1. He followed that performance up with a bounce-back win in the seventh-place matchup.

The seventh-place finish was good enough to earn Kaishian All-American status. The junior finished his 2015–16 campaign with a record of 39–5.

Velez started his national tournament March 11 with a matchup against sixth-ranked junior Colin Navickas from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he suffered a 2–0 defeat on a takedown in the second period.

However, he flipped the script in the second match, dominating with a 16–0 technical fall victory over sophomore Cole Sladek of Concordia-Moorhead to continue on in the championship.

Velez squeaked out a 2–1 decision in his next matchup with junior Ryan Vandall of Central College before taking on sophomore Jeff Hojnacki from Messiah College on March 12.

Velez kicked off the morning with a 4–3 decision loss to Hojnacki, forcing him to hit the mat in the seventh-place bout, where he challenged senior Farai Sewera of Coe College.

Velez took care Sewera rather easily, and came out with a 10–4 win. The sophomore wrapped up his season with an overall record of 34–6.

Toribio had the strongest start for the college March 11 with a couple of major decision wins.

Toribio won his first match 10–1 over sophomore Sebastian Larson of Augsburg College, before dropping a 7–4 decision to second-ranked senior Josh Thomson of Messiah. In the final bout of March 11, Toribio put on the gas at the end of a close match to pull away 11–2.

The junior started off March 12 by pinning senior Brandon Conrad of Rhode Island College, leading to a match with fourth-seeded sophomore AJ Kowal of Stevens, where he dropped a 9–2 decision.

His final bout of the championship came against freshman Austin Cook from Wisconsin-La Crosse in the fifth place match. He closed out the match with a 6–1 advantage, securing the fifth place finish. Toribio concluded the season with a 30–7 record.

The conclusion of the tournament ends the Bombers season with an overall record of 16–5.