Dill and Shedden place at NYS Wrestling Championships
Cody Dill (Unatego) and Eric Shedden (Canton, PA) each placed as Alfred State competed at the annual New York State Championships held at Cornell University this weekend. The Pioneers competed versus the 18 colleges that have wrestling teams in NY.
Dill finished 3-2 in the 125 lbs. competition. He opened up with a 17-4 victory over Paul Slaver (Oswego) and followed up with a 16-8 decision over Jared Lemke (Cortland) to advance to the semifinals. In the semi's, Dill fell to eventual champion Frank Perrell to fall into the consolation bracket. Versus Rocco Rosso (Niagara CCC) in the consolation semifinals, Dill lost a heartbreaking 6-5 decision. Dill finished on a strong note with a pin of Robert Dyer (Columbia) to earn 5th place.
Shedden opened up competition at in the 141 lb. bracket with a 8-6 victory over Brandon Hefferenan (Oswego) before falling to #1 seed Anwar Goeres (Binghamton) in the quarterfinals. Shedden earned a 9-1 victory over Clemente Bommier (NYU) to ensure placing in the tournament. In his final two matches, Shedden fell to Sean Messina (Hunter) 11-3 and 10-2 to Chris Payne (Oswego) to finish in 8th place.
The blue & gold finished 16th overall in the 18 team competition. Dill and Shedden accounted for all 19.5 points the team collected. Host Cornell University won the event with 194 points followed by Army (158), and University of Buffalo (149.5).
The Pioneers return to WNYAC action on Wednesday when they host Jamestown CC at 7 p.m. at the Orvis Activities Center.