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Sophomore 133 pound Isaias Torres qualified for All-American status at the NCCA Division III Wrestling Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on March 15. The Bombers sent five wrestlers to the competition.

Wrestling caps off season with endings and new beginnings at nationals

By Jacob Infald, Staff Writer March 21, 2024
The Ithaca College wrestling team sent five competitors to the NCAA Division lll wrestling championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on March 15. The tournament capped off what was another successful season for the Bombers as they continued their tradition of excellence in the Division lll wrestling scene.
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.
Sophomore Ryan Galka tenses up and yells during a 7–2 decision victory over Lions sophomore Chris Stavrou. The Bombers would drop the match 20–15.

Wrestling’s comeback falls short against No. 12 Lions

By Flynn Hynes, Assistant Sports Editor January 27, 2024
The Ithaca College wrestling team faced off against the No. 12 College of New Jersey Lions in a dual meet on Jan. 27 at Ben Light Gymnasium. It was a meet that came down to the last match with the Lions winning 20–15 over the Bombers.
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, 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.
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