Winters smashes single-season record for pins, as RIT goes 1-1 at Tiger Duals
February 11, 2018


Freshman Kaidon Winters breaks Matt Hamill's single-season record for pins (20).

ROCHESTER, NY – Freshman Kaidon Winters (Athens, PA/Athens Area) broke the single-season record for pins in a season, as the RIT wrestling team (9-8) wrapped up the 2017-18 dual portion of its schedule by going 1-1 at the Tiger Duals at Clark Gym on Saturday. RIT defeated Pennsylvania College of Technology (7-20), 48-6 before falling to the University of Southern Maine (15-9), 32-21.

Winters, who competed at both 157 and 165 lbs. this afternoon, earned a pin over Daniel Bergeron of Penn Tech in 1:30 at 157 lbs. to open the day and jumped up 165 lbs. and pinned Juan Vernaza in 2:21. Winters now has 20 pins on the season, which broke the previous single-season school record of 19, set by three-time NCAA National Champion Matt Hamill in 1997-98. Winters now has 16 dual wins, tied for third most in one season at the university and a 36-7 overall mark.

Colby Hall (Deposit, NY/Deposit), Adam Green (Dansville, NY/Dansville) and Joe Cutugno (Ventnor, NJ/Atlantic City) also won both of their matches on the day. Hall earned a pin at 165 lbs. over Nick Bruce of Penn Tech in 2:45 before defeating Jared Garcia of Southern Maine in 2:18 at 157 lbs. Green picked up a pair of pins at 174 lbs., defeating Ty Gardener of Penn Tech and Raul Gierbolini of Southern Maine. Cutugno moved to 20-8 on the year, pinning Patrick Ostrowsky of Penn Tech before earning a 3-2 win over Kolby Smith of Southern Maine, both at 184 lbs.

Alex Prunoske (Safety Harbor, FL/Clearwater Catholic) earned a pin at 133 lbs. against Penn Tech, while Matt Cicco (Wheatfield, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) (197) also secured a victory by fall.

RIT rolled in the win over Penn Tech, winning eight matches, while scoring the first 48 points of the match. Against Southern Maine, RIT fell behind 23-0 before roaring back to win the next four matches, three by fall to cut the deficit to 23-21. Southern Maine would win the final two matches en route to the team victory.

Before the matches, RIT honored seniors Andrew Flanagan (Holley, NY/Holley), Won Kim (Millbrae, CA/Mills) and Coty Lutz (Forestport, NY/Adirondack).

RIT is back in action on Feb. 24-25 at the NCAA Mideast Regionals, hosted by Ithaca College.

RIT 48 vs Penn Tech 6
125 – Flanagan (RIT) wins by forfeit
133 – Prunoske vs Fox. Prunoske (RIT) wins by fall, 4:30
141 - Double Forfeit
149 – Murphy (RIT) wins by forfeit
157 – Winters vs Bergeron. Winters (RIT) wins by fall, 1:30
165 – Hall vs Bruce. Hall (RIT) wins by fall, 2:45
174 – Green vs Gardner. Green (RIT) wins by fall, 6:06
184 – Cutugno vs Ostrowsky. Cutugno (RIT) wins by fall, 6:02
197 – Cicco vs Mooney. Cicco (RIT) wins by fall, 4:41
285 – Albanese vs Otis. Otis (PT) wins by fall, 5:49

Southern Maine 32, RIT 21
125 – Gallo (USM) over Flanagan by fall, 1:25
133 – Austin (USM) over Prunoske by fall, 4:21
141 - Shorey (USM) wins by forfeit
149 – Weir (USM) over Murphy by technical fall, 16-0, 6:55
157 – Hall (RIT) over Garcia by fall, 2:18
165 – Winters (RIT) over Vernaza by fall, 2:21
174 – Green (RIT) over Gierbolini by fall, 5:26
184 – Cutugno (RIT) over K. Smith by decision, 3-2
197 – Couino (USM) over Cicco by fall, :37
285 – Risit (USM) over Albanese by decision, 4-0