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Bombers sophomore Konrad Parker pins Cardinals junior Ciaran Edwards in the first period of the Bombers match with Wesleyan University on Feb. 3.

Wrestling shows strong performances in the Ithaca Quad

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor February 5, 2024
The Ithaca College men’s wrestling team competed in the Ithaca Quad on Feb. 3, dominating in all three matches in a pinning frenzy. Throughout the three matches, the Bombers racked up 14 wins by fall.
The Ithaca College wrestling team has quietly strung together a streak of eight straight victories over the rival SUNY Cortland Red Dragons dating back to 2016. The Bombers and Red Dragons last meeting on Jan. 13 ended in a 43–2 Bombers victory.

Streak of dominance highlights wrestling’s rivalry with Cortland

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer January 30, 2024
Every Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland student and alum knows about the historic Cortaca Jug football game that takes place every fall. However, the intense spectacle of the rivalry extends into other sports, including wrestling.
From left, assistant coach Eze Chukwuezi 23 and junior Xavier Pommells train together in the Glazer Arena. The Ithaca College wrestling teams coaching staff is made up entirely of program alumni.

In-house coaching staff keeps Bombers wrestling connected

By Jacob Infald, Contributing Writer December 1, 2023
When the Ithaca College wrestling team returned to campus this fall, the practice room was more crowded than normal. However, there is still familiarity in the room — on top of the new athletes, there are five new assistant coaches, four of whom were athletes on the team last season.
From left, sophomore Isaias Torres and junior Winnie Pierre-Louis are each looking to take their games to the national level in the 2023–24 season.

Wrestling sees fresh faces in conference competition

By Jacob Infald, Contributing Writer November 9, 2023
The Ithaca College wrestling team is looking to build upon a second-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships and fight for another chance at a national title.
Sophomore Wenchard Pierre-Louis won his weight class to advance to the National Championship, one of four Bombers to qualify.

Four wrestlers punch their tickets to national tournament

By Dustin Terry, Staff Writer March 1, 2023
The Ithaca College wrestling team took second place in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, hosting the two-day tournament Feb. 24 and 25 in the Glazer Arena. 
From left, senior Nicolas Galka and first-year student Ryan Galka, both part of the Ithaca College wrestling team, say they provide a support system for each other.

Brothers compete together on wrestling team

By Aidan Charde, Sports Editor February 1, 2023
Although they wrestle in classes 100 pounds apart from each other, the Galkas still say they enjoy being on the team together.
From left, graduate student Eze Chukwuezi and senior Matt Beyer are both looking to make a statement this season and make strong pushes in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Wrestling grapples for a championship

By Dustin Terry, Staff Writer November 9, 2022
The Bombers finished last season with an 11–4 record in dual matches, ending the season with a second-place finish in the NCAA Regional tournament and 27th place in the NCAA Division III Championships
Senior Eze Chukwuezi competes against SUNY Cortlands Brian Torres during the fifth annual Rumble and Tumble event Feb. 16.

IC wrestling named third-best D-III program of the last decade

By Rocco Di Maiolo, Staff Writer February 23, 2022
As the Ithaca College wrestling team gets set for the NCAA Regional Tournament, it has been recognized for being the third-best Division III program by Rofkin Wrestling.
From left, juniors Travis Jones, Matt Beyer and senior Eze Chukwuezi each won titles at the New York State Championships on Nov. 20 in Cortland. Both Jones and Chukwuezi won championships in 2019.

Three wrestlers take home New York State titles

By Rocco Di Maiolo, Staff Writer December 9, 2021
As the Ithaca College wrestling team wrapped up the first half of the season, three members of the wrestling team brought home first place at the New York State Championships.
Senior Logan Ninos has suffered nine concussions and was told by his doctor to stop wrestling. He has remained a team captain, but has transitioned to an assistant coach for the team.

Senior wrestler transitions from top performer to assistant coach

By Connor Glunt, Sports Editor November 11, 2021
Senior wrestling captain Logan Ninos will not compete again after doctors advised him to stop wrestling due to multiple concussions.
From left, junior Travis Jones and senior Eze Chukwuezi will look to lead the Ithaca College wrestling team this season.

Wrestling team prepared to prove it’s a national title contender

By Connor Wood, Staff Writer November 10, 2021
The Ithaca College wrestling team opens the regular season ranked No. 14 in the country according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Coaches Preseason Rankings.
From left, Tito Colom 20 faces a wrestler from Wilkes University Feb. 8, 2019. Ithaca College Athletics is prohibiting spectators at the Ithaca Invitational on Nov. 5 and 6, 2021.

Spectators prohibited at upcoming wrestling tournament

By Connor Wood, Staff writer November 4, 2021
Prior to the Ithaca Invitational on Nov. 5 and 6, Ithaca College Athletics announced Oct. 27 there will be no spectators permitted for the event held at the A&E Center.
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