Niagara County Community College sophomore Frankie Gissendaner became the fourth state champion in school history after taking first place in the 149-pound bracket of the annual New York State Collegiate Championships this past Sunday at SUNY Oswego. Previous state champs from NCCC were: Justin James, Troy Keller and Freddy Eckles.
Gissendaner went 5-0 in the tournament, picking up three victories via pinfall along the way. In the championship tilt, Gissendaner decisioned Tyler Brazinski of SUNY Oneonta, 10-6. Gissendaner is now 18-0 on the season.
The Thunderwolves also had a pair of runner-up finishers in sophomore Jordan Bushey (184) and freshman Devin Van Lengen (197). Bushey dropped a tight sudden-death match in the finals after earning two major decisions and a pin. Van Lengen was decisioned in the title match following two wins by pin and a major decision.
Next up for the nationally-ranked T-Wolves is their annual home meets - Niagara CCC Duals (Dec. 6) and Thunderwolves Open (Dec. 7).