There’s no doubt that Cornell had a successful weekend at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., defeating Drexel and a pair of top 12 teams, Central Michigan and Oklahoma. However, current and future members of the Big Red also racked up wins at another event on Saturday – the Mat Town Open in Pennsylvania.
Four Ithaca residents won championships – Cornell sophomore Billy George at 197 pounds as well as three wrestlers who committed to the Big Red and currently represent the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club (FLWC) – Mark Grey (133), Alex Cisneros (149) and Brian Realbuto (157).
George, who previously took fourth and third at the Binghamton Open and New York States, respectively, went 4-0 on the day, outscoring his opponents 26-11 along the way.
As for the Finger Lakes trio, all three notched at least two bonus point victories on the way to first place. For Realbuto, it was the second tournament crown of the season, as he previously captured the Binghamton Open gold. He recorded two pins and a major, including a fall in the finals against Virginia Tech’s Matt Stephens. He is now 15-1 overall.
For Grey and Cisneros, the championships were the first of their college careers. Grey took second at the Binghamton Open and also claimed fifth at the Buffalo Invitational. He was 4-0 with a pin and a major.
Cisneros, wrestling up several weight classes after finishing his stellar high school career at 132 pounds, also had a fall and a major as he took top billing at 149.
The champions weren’t the only New York representatives on the podium. For Cornell, Marshall Peppelman grabbed third at 174 pounds while FLWC’s Angelo Silvestro (fifth at 141), Gabe Dean (fourth at 184) and Oney Snyder (fourth at 285) also made the medal stand.