March 18, 2013
Third place showings for Myhrberg, Dierna
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — For the second consecutive season, SUNY Cortland wrestler Jared Myhrberg finished third at 197 pounds at the NCAA Division III Championships.
This time around, the senior did it the hard way.
After being upset in the opening round, the top-seeded Myhrberg did not lose again. His third victory of the day Saturday at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena was a 9-5 decision win over Shane Siefert from Wisconsin-Whitewater in the third place match.
Myhrberg went 5-1 at the tournament to finish the season 38-2, tying him for fourth on the school single-season wins list. He completes his four-year career with a 116-20 record, including a school-record 50 pins.
His 116 wins are the second most at Cortland behind Paul LeBlanc’s 128 from 2005-09.
Cortland freshman Bobby Dierna at 149 pounds also finished third and sophomore Lou Puca at 174 pounds finished fourth as the Red Dragons finished ninth in the final team standings with 40 points. Myhrberg, Dierna and Puca all earned All-America honors for their top-eight finishes.
Wartburg won its third straight national title and 10th overall with 103 points, followed by Elmhurst (82), Wisconsin-Whitewater (78), Wisconsin-La Crosse (56), Ithaca (47), Centenary (45), The College of New Jersey (42.5), Springfield (42), Cortland and Augsburg (37) in the top 10.
Dierna and Puca were both beaten in Saturday’s semifinal round.
Dierna, the fifth seed at 149, opened Saturday with a 5-3 loss to top-seeded Kodie Silvestri of Wartburg in the semifinals. Dierna tied the match at 2-2 with a reversal in the second period, but Silvestri used an escape and takedown in the third period to go up 5-2. Dierna recorded a late escape to finish the scoring.
Dierna then won two matches to earn his third-place finish. He beat Jorge Lopez of Williams 3-2 with an escape early in the third period that broke a 2-2 tie.
The freshman then defeated seventh-seeded Vincent Pisani of Pennsylvania’s York College 9-3 in the third-place match. Dierna led that bout 6-1 after the first period on a takedown and two near falls. Dierna finished 5-1 at the tournament and completes the season with a 35-3 record.
Puca, the third seed at 174, lost to second-seeded Jules Doliscar of Ithaca in the semifinals 11-8.
Trailing 4-1 after the first period, Puca rallied with an escape, a takedown and a near fall to go up 6-4 in the second. Doliscar used a reverse to tie the match at 6-6 heading into the third, then recorded a reverse and near fall in that period to go up 10-6. Puca registered a reverse with 27 seconds left and Doliscar earned a riding time point for the final margin.
Puca lost his next two matches in the consolation bracket — a 5-2 decision to Zach Zotollo of The College of New Jersey and a 6-3 decision in the fifth-place match to fourth-seeded Kevin O’Brien of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Puca posted a 2-3 record at the championship and ends the season with a 30-7 record.
After losing a one-point decision in the opening round, Myhrberg won twice on Friday in wrestlebacks to stay alive.
On Saturday, he continued that success with a 9-6 win over Augsburg’s Matthew Hechsel. Myhrberg used three first-period takedowns in that match to take an early 6-2 lead. He then faced Heidelberg’s Andrew Lovins — the wrestler who upset him in the first round — and won by pin with 13 seconds left in the match after taking a 9-2 lead.
That set up the win over Siefert and his third place showing to wind up his memorable Cortland career.
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