Fox Finishes 4th at Niagara Open
Conner Fox (Midlakes) finished 4th in the 174 lb. weight class as Alfred State competed at the Thunderwolves Open at Niagara CCC.
Fox lost his first match of the day to the eventual champion but rallied to win four straight matches to earn a shot at 3rd place. Fox pinned Shane Crawford (Grand Valley State) in 4:15, defeated Brooks Boyle (Niagara CCC) 3-2, pinned Andrew Daigle (UMASS) in 2:08, and defeated David Lyons (Niagara CCC) 6-2 to earned a shot at 3rd place. In the 3rd place match he lost a hard-fought 8-4 decision to John Brabon (Niagara CCC).
Daniel Ognibene (Alexander) won his opening match in the heavyweight competition 6-2 but was unable to advance any further in the bracket. Josh Simons (Campbell-Savona) pinned Isiah Alston (Mercyhurst North East) in 6:03 in a consolation match at 165 lbs. and finished 1-2 on the day. Tyler Aldinger (Alexader) finished 1-2 at 149 lbs. earning a victory 8-5 over Jordan Palanca (Mercyhurst North East).
On Friday night the Pioneers squared off with Grand Valley State in a dual match. Travis Harvey (Alfred Almond) and Ognibene both received forfeits to start the match but GVSU won the next five matches to build a 26-12 lead before the Pioneers finished the night with two victories. Josh Lord (Owego Free) earned a 5-4 win over Bruce Rau and Fox defeated Shane Crawford 10-4.
The Pioneers close out the 2012 portion of their season with a pair of WNYAC matches. The first is slated for Wednesday vs. Niagara CCC. Action starts at 7 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center.