After redshirt seasons, a pair of two-time NCAA qualifiers, Ian Paddock of Ohio State and John-Martin Cannon of Buffalo returned to the mat this weekend and took sixth at the University Nationals Freestyle event in Akron, Ohio.
Cannon, the former Brockport High School standout, made the podium at 79 kg while Warsaw’s Paddock competed at 66 kg in his return from injury.
A third Empire State grappler, David White (55 kg), took sixth while representing Binghamton. White transferred to the CAA institution after beginning his college career at Army.
The highest placer from New York in the University freestyle tournament was Pittsford’s Kyle Borshoff, currently an assistant coach at his alma mater, American University. Borshoff earned bronze at 70 kg, losing only to eventual champion Ian Miller of Kent State in three periods.
The remaining medalists from the Empire State were Edinboro’s Ernest James (5th at 120 kg), a pair of 7th place finishers in Cornell’s Chris Villalonga (66 kg) and Columbia’s Jake O’Hara (70) and Kyle Frey (8th at 120 kg), who represented the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club.
In the FILA Cadet competition, Christopher Cuccolo, who is in his sophomore year at Pine Bush High School, earned two medals in the Buckeye State. He was third in the Greco action on Friday in the 39-42 kg bracket and later in the weekend was the runner up in Freestyle.
For the full list of placers from the University and FILA Cadet Nationals, see below:
University Nationals – Freestyle
David White (Binghamton), 6th
Ian Paddock (Ohio State, Warsaw HS), 6th
Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 7th
Kyle Borshoff (DCAC, Pittsford), 3rd
Jake O’Hara (Columbia), 7th
John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo), 6th
Ernest James (Edinboro, Longwood HS), 5th
Kyle Frey (Finger Lakes Wrestling Club), 8th
University Nationals – Greco
Dmitry Ryabchinsky (NYAC/USOEC), 3rd
Oliver Lopez (NYAC), 4th
63 kg: Jason Chudzinski (New York), 3rd
66 kg: James Hogan (ATWA), 4th
70 kg: Elijah Sullivan (NYAC/Columbia), 3rd
FILA Cadet Nationals – Greco
39-42 kg: Christopher Cuccolo, 3rd
63 kg: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, 3rd
FILA Cadet Nationals – Freestyle
39-42 kg: Christopher Cuccolo, 2nd