Pioneers Finish 3rd at USCAA Championships

George Van Valen looks to make the move

The Alfred State wrestling team finished 3rd out of 14 teams at the USCAA Championships held at Penn State over the weekend. The Pioneers scored 110.5 points.

George Van Valen (Ithaca) won the 184 lb. weight class. He pinned Cameron Dewey (Williamson Trade) in the quarterfinals, he defeated Josh Godzin (PS Fayette) 11-1 and won the championship match 9-4 over Cody Spinks (Alderson Broaddus). Van Valen is now 32-6 on the year.

Konnor Kremer (Horseheads) finished 2nd in the 174 lb. competition. He pinned Joe Knarr (Penn State DuBois) and won 14-0 over Phillip Marra (Penn State New Kensington) in the semifinals. He lost in the finals 10-5.

Casey Connor (Barnstable, MA) and Jeff Andrews (Randolph) each earned 3rd place finishes. Connor was 4-1 on day with three pins in the 133 lb. weight class while Andrews was 3-1 with two pins in the heavyweight bracket.

Tristan Almeter (Iroquois) was 2-2 and finished 4th at 165 lbs. while Alex Mears (Averill Park) was 4-2 on the day with three pins and finished 5th in the heavyweight bracket.

Alderson Broaddus won the team title with 178 points followed by West Virginia Tech (130.5) and Alfred State (110.5). Apprentice was 4th (106.5), Penn State Fayette (86), and Penn State Mont Alton (70.5).

The Pioneers shift their focus to the NCWA Northeast Championships which will be held February 25th at the University of New Hampshire.

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