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Alfred State College retains conference championship

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Alfred, NY- The Alfred State men’s wrestling team repeats as conference tournament champions, as 14 wrestlers placed top four and seven earned individual conference titles.

Sean Malenfant was named most outstanding wrestler on his way to becoming the 184 champion.  Malenfant started his day with a bye, then he followed with a 1:28 fall over Andy Muzika of Penn College to earn a spot in the first-place match. In the first-place match, he notched the win over Aaron Johnson (Alfred State) to claim the title.

Mason Drew had the first match of the day and won by an 11-3 major decision over Jashad Bumpers of Behrend. Drew would then notch a fall over Ryan Farley (Alfred State) to advance to the first-place match. Drew would get an early second round fall over Luke Heimbach (Penn College) to claim the 125 championship.

Zach Levey claimed the 133 AMCC title after a 3-0 day. His day started with a 3:19 fall over Jacob Rodgers (Pitt Bradford). In the Semi-final match, Levey tallied another fall this time in 4:11 over Cole Neil of Behrend for a spot in the finals. In the finals, he got the 4-1 sudden victory win over Elijah Moshenek (Alfred State) for the title.

The 165 title was claimed by Justin Smith, Smith notched a 1:01 fall over Justin Hockenberger (Behrend) to advance to the first-place match. Then Smith got an 8-4 decision win over Dennis Slovick of Pitt Bradford to claim the title.

Brent Perry won the 174 title after going 3-0 on the day. In his opening match, Perry notched a late first round fall over Zane Anderson (Behrend). He followed with an 8-1 decision win over Jimmy Thomas of Hiram to earn a spot in the finals.

Blake Ilges claimed the 197 title. Ilges started the day with a 2:15 fall over Zach Harper (Hiram) before notching a 21-3 tech fall win over Nolan Fenton of Behrend to advance to the finals. In the first place match, Ilges tallied a 15-5 major decision win over Matthew Caldwell (Behrend) to claim the title.

Nick Barrett was the last individual champion as he won the 285 title. Barrett’s day started with a 1:20 fall over Edward Powers. Then, he tallied a 3-1 decision win over Nicholai Brotzman of Penn College for a spot in the finals. In the first-place match, Barrett notched a 6-1 decision win over Gavin Thompson of Pitt Bradford to claim the 285 title

Aaron Johnson had a good day in the 184 bracket to earn second-team all-conference honors. He opened the day with a 1:20 fall over Alexander Cole of Penn State Behrend, before notching another first round fall over Matthew Melchior of Behrend for a spot in the first-place match. In the first-place match, Johnson suffered the loss to Malenfant.

Elijah Moshenek earned second team all-conference honors in the 133 bracket. After a first round bye, Moshenek notched an 8-7 decision win over Kaden Ware (Penn College) to advance to the finals. Then, in the first-place match he would suffer a loss against Levey.

Ethan Morrison also earned second team honors in the 157-weight class. After a bye, Morrison notched a 6-3 sudden victory over Lane Dellaquila of Behrend for a spot in the finals. In the first-place match, Morrison lost in a 5-3 decision.

Other place finishers were Ryan Farley (125) in fourth, Dominick Vinci (141) in third, Benjamin Lloyd (149) in third, and George Racz (174) in third.

Head Coach Justin Signorelli added, “Our coaching staff is extremely proud of the efforts of our entire program today. To run the conference tournament and represent ourselves on and off the mats the way we did all day today was great to see and be a part of.”

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