David Dies Captures Wrestling Title at Bearcat Open

Nov. 17, 2003

Senior David Dies captured the 149 lb. Championship Title this weekend at the Cortland Open wrestling tournament. The Bears had three other individuals place in the tournament including, sophomores Dan Appello and Mike Pedro, who captured fifth and third place honors respectively, and senior Sean Jenkins, who earned a fourth place finish.

Dies recorded a 17-2 technical fall in a dominating first round victory over John Gartiser of Binghamton University. Dies stuck Justin Dwork, of Ithaca, on his back for a first period pin putting him in the quarterfinals where he recorded a 5-0 victory over unattached Chris Vondrusko. In the quarterfinals, Dies achieved a 5-2 victory over James Strouse, of Hofstra, earning a birth in the finals against Boston University's Justin Blumenthal. After a close first period Dies opened up his offense en route to a 10-5 victory.

At 174 pounds, Pedro strung together three impressive victories (17-2) against Adree Lee, of Springfield, (7-2), Luke Hogle, of Cornell, and, (12-2), Warren Haines, of Boston University, to put himself in the semifinals against the nations 5th rated 174 pounder Noel Thompson, of Hofstra. Thompson proved to be the better wrestler defeating Pedro 19-9. Following his semifinal loss, Pedro earned a medical forfeit over Ben Schliens, of Boston University, to garner third place honors.

In what was likely the toughest weight class of the tournament, Jenkins grappled his way to a fourth place finish at165. Jenkins dominated David Donavan, of Ithaca, by a score of 16-1. He then defeated Bill Koch, of Springfield, 9-1, and David Post, 3-1, before finding himself in the semifinal round against 15th ranked and long time foe Leighton Brady, of Boston University. Brady, who defeated Jenkins in the finals one-year prior also bested Jenkins in this year's match-up by a score of 7-3. Wrestling for third place honors, Jenkins found himself matched up against the nations 8th ranked 165 pounder, Hofstra's Ralph Everett, who was upset in the other semifinal round. Jenkins battled Everett straight through to the end holding a narrow 3-2 lead before surrendering a takedown with ten seconds left to fall by a score of 4-2.

Appello was Brown's final place winner garnering a fifth place finish at 133 pounds. Appello recorded 10-3 and 5-2 victories over Ryan Bream, of Drexel, and unattached Andy Case. Dan then dropped a 10-5 decision to Cornell's Matt Easter, putting him in the consolation bracket. On the backside Appello defeated Cortland's Lance Dolson 12-6, unattached Jason Goldman 3-2, and Cornell's Anthony Leardi, 3-2, for a fifth place finish.

The Bears are on the road again Sunday, November 23 when they participate in the tough Keystone Classic, in the Palestra on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Wrestling begins at 9:00 a.m.