2012-2013 Cortland Preview

SUNY-Cortland Red Dragons (Northeast Region)
Head Coach: Brad Bruhn
Years at School as head coach: 11th
Career Record at school: 138-56-1
Assistant Coaches: Jason Reynolds, Jake Calhoun, Ajamain Sterling, Carl Korpi

2011-2012 Dual Meet Record: 17-3
2011-2012 National Qualifiers and All-Americans: Jared Myhrberg (3rdk, 197), Brian Bistis (8th, 141), Joe Giaramita (8th, 285), Troy Sterling (157), Carl Korpi (184)

Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans:
2011 & 2012 NQ-Troy Sterling (SR) 157
2011 NQ-Corey James (SR) HWT
2011 NQ and 2012 AA (3rd) Jared Myhrberg (SR) 197
2012 AA (8th) Brian Bistis (JR) 141
2012 AA (8th) Joe Giaramita (SO) HWT

Top returning starters with accomplishments:
133 (SR) Sean Kempf(21-10) 2012 ECWC runner-up @ 133 2010 ECWC 3rd @ 125
141 (JR) Brian Bistis(26-9) 2012 AA 8th, ECWC Champ @ 141, NYS Collegiate runner up
157 (SR) Andre Berry(17-10) 2x ECWC placer (3rd & 5th) @ 149, All State, Petrofes Runner-up
149 (SR) Troy Sterling(17-7) 2x NQ @ 157 (2011, 2012), 2x ECWC runner-up, 2x All State.
165 (JR) Jon Conroy(32-11) 2x ECWC placer(4th & 5th) @ 165, 2x All-State, 81 career wins
174 (SO) Lou Puca(20-10) 3rd in ECWC @ 174, All-State, Oneonta Champ, Petrofes Runner-up
184 (SR) Will Parks(17-2) 2011 ECWC placer (4th) @ 184, Oneonta & Jamestown Champ
197 (SR) Jared Myhrberg(31-1) 2012 AA 3rd, 2x ECWC Champ @ 197, 2011 NQ, Most Falls Award at NCAA
HWT (SR) Corey James(14-11) 2011 NQ, 2011 ECWC & Oneonta Champ
HWT (SO) Joe Giaraita(24-11) 2012 AA 8th, ECWC Runner-up @ HWT, Monarch Champ, D3 HWT Freshman of the Year, ECWC Rookie of the Year

Top incoming wrestlers:
125/33 Alec Dierna  State champ, 2x 3rd place finisher
125      Tony Batissta 2x sectional runner up
133      Max Miller  inj 2012-state placer
133      Wes Blanding 3x state placer
133      Daniel Gormely  State runner-up, 4x state placer
133      David Occhipinti 2x State Qualifier
141      Anthony Padulo  State Qualifier
141      Steven McKewon State Qualifier
149      Bobby Dierna State champ, 5x state placer
157      Mitchell Janes State Placer
165      Joe Cataldo State Qualifier
174      Josh Reed State Qualifier
184      Tyler Beckwith 2x State Champ, 4x placer, 4x NHSCA Champ, Fargo AA both styles
197      Fransico DeCristo State Placer
HWT   Andrew Scopino inj 2012-2x State Qualifier

Season outlook:

With eight returning starters, three returning All-Americans, and two other former NCAA qualifiers back, 2012-2013 should be good for the Red Dragons. Jared Myhrberg tops the list after finishing 3rd last year and winning the Most Falls award at the NCAA Championships. Brian Bistis and Joe Giaramita each finished 8th and hope to take a few steps higher this March. Troy Sterling is a 2x qualifier who will drop to 149 this year, while Corey James was a 2011 qualifier before ceding the spot to Giaramita last season. If he can make strides while Giarmita plays football, he could start at 285. The top incoming wrestler is clearly Tyler Beckwith, a Binghamton transfer. If he handles the transition well, he could be a factor in the national picture at 184.