School of Business Students Seth Ecker '12 and Jeremy Stierly '12 Crowned NCAA Wrestling Champions
Congratulations to two School of Business students, Seth Ecker ’12 and Jeremy Stierly ’11, on their individual titles at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in LaCrosse, WI.
Seth Ecker won his second straight NCAA title at 133 pounds and Stierly claimed the crown at 149 pounds to highlight the championship weekend for the Bombers, who finished in fifth place in the team standings. Both Ecker and Stierly are three-time all-Americans, making them two of Ithaca's five all-Americans.
Ecker, the top seed, became the first Ithaca wrestler to win more than one individual NCAA championship. He recorded an 8-0 major decision over seventh-seeded Jordan Westfall of Coe in the title bout. Ecker's pin in the semifinals was the 34th of Ecker's career. Seth went 30-4 this season with a career record of 108-20. He's ninth all-time in wins as a Bomber.
"Wrestling requires a plethora of values but it is the first place I realized the importance of hard work. To share a national title with someone like Jeremy Stierly adds even more to the experience and memory. Stierly and I are both Business students and have consistently had the highest GPA's on the team. Earning a national title with someone who is equally dedicated and puts in countless hours of hard work to all their endeavors adds value to being a member of Ithaca College Wrestling in general." said Ecker.
Stierly finished the 2010 and 2011 season as NCAA runner-up at 141 pounds; he moved up a class for his final season and ended the year with his hand raised as the national champion. Stierly, who was seeded fourth, edged second-seeded Anthony Dattolo of Wilkes 3-1 to win the title. Stierly joined John Gemmell as the only Bombers to reach the finals three times (Gemmell also finished second twice, then moved up a weight class and won the title in his final season) and posted a record of 12-1 this season. Stierly's career mark is 91-18.
On winning his first title, Stierly added, "coming up a match short for the last two years (runner-up) has been motivation to take my training one step further. This year I didn't step out there thinking I might be able to win the title or that I might have a chance, but instead I wouldn't settle for anything less."
"We're delighted at the success of these two School of Business student athletes. The work ethic they show, by excelling in their sport and keeping up with their academics, is truly commendable. Congratulations to both of them!" said Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman.