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ITHS Alum Eberlein Earns Wins for Oneonta

On Saturday, Jan. 15 Oneonta State wrestling sophomore Matt Eberlein of Levittown scored the first of two recent wins for the team against Muhlenberg College Mules’ Keith Swanson (Mfor.) The second win was by decision (11-10) against Ithaca Bomber Steve Andolena on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Eberlein is coming off an impressive win and is currently 12-10 this season with three falls. He has had a strong sophomore season placing second at the Red Dragon Invitational, and fourth at the Ursinus Homecoming Invitational.

“Matt is a very talented and highly explosive wrestler capable of great things; he started this season at the 149 lbs weight class, but moved up to 157 lbs. primarily to cover a void left by an injured teammate,” said Oneonta’s Head Wrestling Coach and Fitness Director Duane Ritter. “Despite giving up some size at 157 lbs. weight class he has managed to perform very well; Matt has been a major contributor to our team’s success this season.”

Eberlein is a 2009 graduate of Island Trees High School, where he also earned recognition as a wrestler and overall athlete.

“Matthew Eberlein finished his career as the all-time wins leader in Island Trees history (175); it is no surprise to me that he has continued to succeed in college,” said Island Trees Head Varsity Wrestling Coach Damian Garcia. “The entire Island Trees wrestling community has been following his progress the last two years; he has truly been an inspiration and role model to the younger wrestlers.”

Oneonta Red Dragons Wrestling 2011 season team results are: record: 10-4–1; conference record: 3-2-0.

The team competes again at home against Wesleyan (CT) and Williams College on Saturday, Feb. 5 and again on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at home against SUNY Morrisville.