No. 2 Ithaca Wins Ithaca Invitational, Crowns Four Weight-Class Championships
November 03, 2018


ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 2 Ithaca College wrestling team put the finishing touches on an impressive season-opening event on Saturday when the squad returned to the mats at the A&E Center's Glazer Arena for the final day of the 35th Annual Ithaca Invitational. The Bombers racked up 167.0 team points to pull away from the 12-team field, in the process crowing four individual champions among the 10 weight classes.

The Bombers dominated the final session of the afternoon, posting four weight-class champions and finishing with nine additional place-winners for a total of 13. Senior Ferdinand Mase got the ball rolling in the session when he scored a 4-0 decision over second-seeded Diego Santiago of New England College. Junior Ben Brisman continued his title defense with a 10-3 decision over third-seeded Max Tempel of Castleton at 141-pounds. Senior Austin Whitney notched IC's third division championship of the day at 165-pounds with an 8-3 decision over second-seed Aarin Feliz of Springfield, while senior Jake Ashcraft put the bow on things for the Bombers with a 4-0 blanking of nationally-ranked John Boyle of Western New England in one of the most-anticipated bouts of the weekend.

The Bombers other place-winners were: William Escobar (6th; 125LB), Tito Colom (4th; 133LB), Al Ciccitto (3rd; 149LB), Demetri D'Orsaneo (2nd; 149LB), Alec Corrao (3rd; 165LB), Eze Chukwuezi (3rd; 184LB), Elijah Rodriguez (3rd; 197LB), Dymir Davis-Carruth (5th; 197LB), and Jake O'Brien (3rd; 285LB).

Ashcraft was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the conclusion of the event, as voted on by the 12 head coaches. He finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record, which included three first-period falls and the 4-0 blanking of Boyle in the final. He did not concede a single point to opposition on the weekend.

Another Bomber took home the Most Pins Award, as Al Ciccitto turned in a masterful performance in his return to competition following a one-year hiatus. He recorded five pins in the least amount of time in his amazing run from an opening-round loss to score third-place in the 149-pound bracket. It was a truly remarkable weekend for one of IC's up-and-coming middle-weight talents.