ITHACA, N.Y. - Austin Coniker was the New York State Champion at 174 pounds and Garrett Ryan claimed a title in the heavyweight bracket as the Columbia wrestling team competed for the first time this year in Ithaca.

After reaching the championship match with three consecutive decision wins, Coniker came up with a huge pin just over a minute into the final match against Cornell's Milik Dawkins. The victory over Dawkins was the second in a row over a Cornell wrestler for Coniker, who topped Andrew Garcia, 2-0, in the match before. 

Ryan opened up with bonus point wins in his first two matches, including a pin of SUNY-Cortland's Nick Lupi, and an 11-2 major decision of Binghamton's Sean Dee. After a 2-0 defeat of Victor Raigoza from the Merchant Marine Academy in the semifinal match, Ryan outlasted Oneonta State's James Bethel, 8-5, to stand atop the podium.

Junior Dan Reed had a strong day in the 149-pound bracket, picking up a trio of wins to advance to the championship match. Reed ended his day with a loss to Buffalo's Colt Cotton, but ultimately went 3-1 in his first tournament of the season.

Rookie Alec Kelly was impressive at 133 pounds, taking third place, including a pin of Army's Conner Ziegler in his final match. Jacob Macalolooy bounced back after a loss in his first match, to win five in a row and take third at 141.

Other top performances included a fourth place finish by Tyrel White in the 165-pound bracket, and seventh place outings from Brock Morgan (149) and Max Elling (157).

The Lions are back in action next weekend at the Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, Nov. 27 with duals against Rutgers and Maryland.

Full Results:

133 – Alec Kelly (3rd place)

W, 9-8 dec. Travis Passaro (SUNY-Cortland)

L, 7-2 dec. Vinny Vespa (Hofstra)

W, 7-0 dec. Bryan Israel (Ithaca)

W, Fall (4:38) Conner Ziegler (Army)


141 – Jacob Macalolooy (3rd place)

L, 4-1 dec. William Koll (Cornell)

W, 17-1 TF Evan Corso (SUNY-Oswego)

W, 14-2 MD N Casella (Nassau CC)

W, 11-0 MD Sean Lyons (NYU)

W, 3-1 dec. John Arceri (Nassau CC)

W, 7-3 dec. Nick Wahba (Ithaca)


141 – Tom Miers (No place, B division)

W, Fall (1:48) Brian Vaughn (SUNY-Sullivan)

L, 4-0 dec. Griffin Higginbotham (Cornell)

W, 16-4 MD Michael Foca (Mount Saint Vincent)

L, 6-1 dec. Max Pickett (Finger Lakes)


141 – Christian Briody (No Place, B division)

W, Fall (3:00) Israel Segarra (SUNY-Oswego)

W, 4-2 dec. Jake Smith (Brockport State)

L, 17-2 TF Jacob Nicholson (Binghamton)

L, 6-5 SV-2 JP Ascolese (Columbia)


141 – JP Ascolese (No Place, B division)

W, 11-1 MD Michael Foca (Mount Saint Vincent)

L, Fall (2:54) Eli Bienstock (Cornell

W, 6-5 SV-2 Christian Briody (Columbia)

L, 18-2 TF Charlie Kane (Hofstra)


149 – Dan Reed (2nd place)

W, 8-0 MD Greg Chery (SUNY-Cortland)

W, 6-5 dec. Joey Bush (SUNY-Oswego)

W, 4-1 dec. Nate Skonieczny (Jamestown CC)

L, 10-1 MD Colt Cotton (Buffalo)


149 – Brock Morgan (7th place)

W, 20-7 MD Matt Caputo (SUNY-Cortland)

L, 20-2 TF Colt Cotton (Buffalo)

W, 11-1 MD Greg Chery (SUNY-Cortland)

L, Fall (1:39) Ryan Burkert (Hofstra)

W, 14-0 MD Sean Miller (Nassau CC)


149 – Sam Ward (4th place B division)

W, Fall (2:12) Michael LaRuffa (Brockport State)

W, 12-3 MD Austin Prince (RIT)

W, 9-3 dec. Greg Lee (Ithaca)

L, 6-2 dec. Matt Russo (Cornell)

W, 3-2 dec. Chris Schoenherr (Cornell)

L, 15-4 MD Connor Lapresi (unattached)


157 – Max Elling (7th place)

L, 6-2 dec. Cael McCormick (Army)

W, Fall (1:47) Dan Reagan (Brockport State)

W, 15-0 TF Jawan Jones (Ithaca)

L, 9-5 dec. Raymond Jazikoff (NYU)

W, Fall (3:22) Jake Einbinder (Binghamton)


157 – Tyler Ponte (No Place)

W, 10-2 MD Daniel Murphy (Oneonta State)       

L, 5-1 dec. Taylor Simaz (Cornell)

L, 6-1 dec. Jake Einbinder (Binghamton)


157 – Tyler Zimmer (3rd place B division)

W, 12-4 MD Adam Santoro (Finger Lakes)

W, 4-0 dec. Beau Guffey (Merchant Marine)

L, 5-2 dec. Kyle Simaz (Cornell)

W, Fall (1:42) Derek Krajewski (Cornell)

W, 3-0 dec. Beau Guffey ()

W, 6-3 dec. Laurence Kosoy (Columbia)

W, 14-7 dec. Kyle Simaz (Cornell)


157 – Laurence Kosoy (5th place B division)

W, Fall (4:00) Coty Lutz (RIT)

W, 16-1 TF Roger Williams (Jamestown CC)

W, 7-4 dec. Rami Pellumbi (Cornell)

L, 10-5 dec. James Saylor (Merchant Marine)

L, 6-3 dec. Tyler Zimmer (Columbia)

W, Fall (1:24) Adam Santoro (Finger Lakes)


165 – Tyrel White (4th place)

W, 18-5 MD John Donohue (RIT)

W, 10-2 MD Jeff Lombardi (SUNY-Oswego)

W, Fall (3:58) Evan Wallace (Oneonta State)

L, 8-5 dec. Dillon Artigliere (Cornell)

W, 8-6 dec. Troy Keller (Niagara CC)

L, 5-1 dec. Nick Valez (Ithaca)


174 – Austin Coniker (1st place)

W, 5-3 dec. Jack Wedholm (Army)

W, 6-1 dec. Joe Lupisella (RIT)

W, 2-0 dec. Andrew Garcia (Cornell)

W, Fall (1:03) Milik Dawkins (Cornell)


174 – Donny Donnelly (2nd Place B Division)

W, 17-1 TF Teddy Fleming (Brockport State)

W, Fall (6:37) Collin Keli (Merchant Marine)

W, Fall (1:09) Henry Kamornik (Binghamton)

W, Fall (3:48) Jacob George (Cornell)

L, 7-4 dec. Ethan Tursini (Army)


197 – Matt Doggett (No Place)

L, 13-2 MD Nate Rose (Buffalo)

L, 7-1 dec. Peter Pjetri (Oneonta State)


197 – Michael Bulkin (6th Place B Division)

L, Fall (2:09) Steve Congenie (Cornell)

W, Fall (4:21) Steve Hoadley (Merchant Marine)

W, Fall (3:52) Tim Baumer (RIT)

W, 9-3 dec. Joe Messare (RIT)

L, inj. Gavin Berkley (Army)


HWT – Garrett Ryan (1st place)

W, Fall (2:57) Nick Lupi (SUNY-Cortland)

W, 11-2 MD Sean Dee (Binghamton)

W, 2-0 dec. Victor Raigoza (Merchant Marine)

W, 8-5 dec. James Bethel (Oneonta State)