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Oakie Acorn Receives Mascot Madness Trophy

SUNY Geneseo mascot travels to ESF to make presentation

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In a display of true sportsmanship, Victor E. Knight, the mascot from SUNY Geneseo, came to ESF Tuesday to present Oakie Acorn with the 2017 Mascot Madness trophy.

The two mascots faced each other in the final round of the annual SUNY-sponsored contest. Victor E. Knight was the defending Mascot Madness champion. According to SUNY, the championship was decided by a difference of 0.6 percent in the online vote totals.

ESF will be home for the Mascot Madness trophy until next year's competition.

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.

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 traces 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.