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Have you ever dreamt of being the ultimate fighting champion? Ryan Ciotoli ’02 can train you to be one. The three-time all-American wrestler twice made it to the finals of the Division III NCAA tournament. After graduating from Ithaca with a degree in physical education, he stayed at IC as an assistant wrestling coach until 2008. While coaching at IC, Ciotoli developed a passion for mixed martial arts (MMA). He eventually began competing and later started Bombsquad, a team of local MMA fighters.


Ithaca’s won its share of national championships (15 team and 25 individual titles), but never before have three different athletes won individual honors in the same year, let alone the same season. Here are IC’s national champions from 2011.


Want to know what it feels like to win? Join one of Ithaca’s 26 Division III teams. Of the 22 IC teams that belong to the Empire 8 conference, 15 won regularseason or tournament titles (or both!). Here are some highlights from last year.


Ithaca Athletics wrapped up the academic year with IC freshmen taking Rookie of the Year honors in swimming, wrestling, and track and field.

Freshman Wrestler Named Rookie of the Year

Seth Ecker ’12 has been named Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Rookie of the Year.

Watch Ecker win the ECWC title:




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