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Oakie Advances to Round 2 in SUNY’s Mascot Madness

ESF mascot hopes to prove SUNY Albany’s dane isn’t so great

ESF's Oakie the Acorn has advanced to round 2 in SUNY's 5th Annual Mascot Madness competition and needs your votes to make it to round 3.

The mascot of the Mighty Oaks took down SUNY Brockport's Ellsworth Eagle in the first round.

Voting in Round 2 is open until 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. In previous contests, Oakie has been unable to advance passed Round 2.

The annual online competition includes five rounds of voting and runs through April 5. The winning college will take home the traveling Mascot Madness trophy from SUNY.

Mascots were randomly placed into four SUNY regions and ranked by the number of athletic teams each mascot represents, which determined which mascots compete against each other in each round.

Last year, Oakie defeated mascots from SUNY Oswego and Orange Community College to advance to Round 2. However, Oakie fell to Canton's Roody Roo in the second round of competition.

The competition is based on a series of questions posed to the mascots prior to the tournament, including mascots' favorite campus hangout, their desired superpower, and favorite pizza topping.

Seed rankings are based on the number of teams that represent a particular campus, with enrollment data used to break any ties. Oakie currently represents 10 men's and women's teams in ESF's growing athletics program.

The intercollegiate athletics program at ESF can trace its roots all the way back to 1912, the second year of the college's existence, when students organized a Forestry Club on campus that has sponsored an intercollegiate timber sports team every year since.

Today, students can compete on in soccer, golf, cross country, timber sports (Woodsmen's Team), basketball, track and bass fishing. The Mighty Oaks are a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

You can follow Oakie on Twitter at @ESFOakie and on Facebook at ESFOakieAcorn.