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Pioneers Open up 2020 Slate

Starr looking to shoot

The Alfred State wrestling team opened up the 2020 portion of their schedule with a pair of matches at the Brockport Duals. They competed vs. Pitt Bradford and the hosts.

In their opener vs. Pitt Bradford, Zack Kowalewski (Attica) got a forfeit win at 125 to get things started. The Panthers won decisions at 133 and 141 to tie it up before Anthony Miraglia (Byron Bergen), Cale Bartosch (Palmyra Macedon), and Benjamin Starr (Worcester) got forfeit victories in three of the next four matches to make it 24-12 heading into the final three matches. The Panthers took the match at 184, and then won a tight 15-14 decision at 197 setting up the decisive final match. Bradford came up with the 6-2 victory at Heavyweight to tie it at 24-24. The Panthers took the win based on tie-breaking rules.

Miraglia battled in the tightest match of the dual contest vs. the #22 ranked Golden Eagles. Miraglia lost a tight 2-1 decision in the 149 lb. match.

The heavyweight duo of Nicholas Barrett (Avoca) and Kyle Fitzgerald (South Lewis) picked up exhibition pins. Barrett pinned Shaquan Bago in 2:18 and Fitzgerald pinned Matthew Ristau in 4:13. Fitgerald also earned a 7-2 win over Anthony Oca.

The Pioneers head to the ECWC Championships next Saturday. Action at SUNY Oneonta is slated for 10 a.m.