January 07, 2008


Bush, Clarke capture S-E mat crowns

SHERBURNE — Marathon Central senior Kasey Bush and Dryden High senior Tony Clarke each posted perfect records Saturday en route to individual championships at the Sherburne-Earlville Holiday Wrestling Invitational.
Both wrestlers posted 3-0 records for the day.
In the team standings, Dryden took fourth place with 103 points while Homer Central (83.5) placed fifth and Marathon was ninth with 22.5 points. Vestal took team honors with 230.5 points while Gouverneur was the runner-up with 172 points.
Bush improved to 14-2 on the season with his three victories at 140-pounds. He pinned Kory Olson at the 3:58 mark of his first bout. Bush scored a 9-1 decision over Nate Crawford of Homer is the semifinals before scoring a 15-0 technical fall over Zach Cummings of Gouverneur in 4:15 during the title match.
“Kasey had a good day,” said his father, Marathon coach Jamie Bush. “He is starting to get back into last season physical shape and mind set. The biggest eye opener was, when we look back on Kasey’s wrestling career with Marathon, he has never lost at a Sherburne-Earlville tournament. From Pee Wee’s to varsity, he is perfect at Sherburne-Earlville. It’ s great to be able to have achieved something like this and not many kids get that chance.”
As for Clarke, he continues to steamroll any competition in his way at 215 pounds with a perfect 16-0 all-pin record.
Clarke flattened Tony Postal of Camden in 1:02, stuck Vestal’s Mike DeGroat in the semifinals in just 19 seconds and capped the day with a pin in 2:54 against Brandon Thorton from Sherburne-Earlville in the final.
James Gleason also reached the championship finals for Dryden in the 119-pound weight class. Gleason received a bye in the quarterfinals and posted a 15-5 majority decision over Daren Perry of Morrisville-Eaton in the semifinals. In the title bout, the freshman was pinned in 56 seconds by Andrew Ciaravino from Vestal.
“This was a huge accomplishment for James,” said Dryden coach Baldo Bustamante. “He was very nervous, but now he knows what it is like to be in the finals of a tournament. James needed this experience and we are sure that we will see him in the finals of many more tournaments during his wrestling career.”
The Purple Lions had seven other wrestlers take fourth-place honors. Those seven were Zack Bouchard (103), Casey Marquis (112, 2-2 day, 9-9 overall), Travis Bell (145, 2-2, 8-6), Levi Relyea (152, 2-2, 5-11), Scott Converse (140, 2-2, 7-11), Bryon Pyle (171, 2-2, 16-3) and Nick Wixom (189, 2-2, 11-3).
Kory Olson competed at 140 for the Purple Lions while Aaron Kelley competed at 285.
Dryden High will host Lansing in IAC wrestling action Wednesday at 7 p.m.
HOMER HAD one of its best days this season as five wrestlers reached the consolation finals with four taking third-place honors.
“It was a good showing by our guys,” said Homer coach Jeff Lewis. “The guys are coming along well and they are gaining some confidence. They keep getting better from the beginning of the season.”
Nick Shanahan went 4-1 on the day for Homer with two pins. He pinned Relyea from Dryden at the 3:50 mark of their consolation final at 152.
Saxon Sprouse (135), Nate Crawford (140) and Ryne Austin (160) all posted 3-1 records and won their consolation final match-ups. Sprouse scored a 2-0 decision Danny Cleveland from Sherburne-Earlville, Nate Crawford won by injury default over Jordan Doroshenko of Morrisville-Eaton and Austin pinned Scott Converse from Dryden in 4:35.
Ben McBride (2-2) took fourth place at 119 after suffering a tough 8-7 double overtime loss to Darren Perry from Morrisville-Eaton in the consolation final.
David Birchenough placed fifth for Homer at 112 with a 2-2 record for the day.
T.J. Casterline (125), Jason Rogers (130), Ben Chace (145), Ryan Murray (171), Joe Dunham (189) and Adam Gordon (285) also competed for the Trojans.
Homer will return to OHSL Freedom Division action Wednesday as the Trojans host Fulton at the high school beginning at 6 p.m.
MARATHON HAD one other place-finisher as Andy Wolfe took sixth-place at 285 pounds. Kelley of Dryden pinned Wolfe (12-11 overall) in 1:24 in the fifth-place bout.
“Andy has come along ways this season,” said Coach Bush. “I hope he finishes strong down the stretch.”
Marathon will be at Union Springs today for a 7p.m. IAC match that was rescheduled from earlier this season. The Olympians will host Odessa-Montour Thursday




Tigers tourney champs

CALEDONIA — Cortland High wresters posted a perfect 5-0 record to win the Caledonia-Mumford Duals that concluded on Saturday.
The Purple Tigers improve to 21-7 overall this season after solid wins over Gates-Chili 63-12, Livonia 53-27, host Caledonia-Mumford 60-18 and Irondequoit 48-26 in the first four rounds in this two-day event.
In the championship round, Cortland controlled Churchville-Chili for a 46-24 victory.
“The guys did a real good job,” said Cortland coach Dave Darrow. “We wrestled the best we could. The guys are really starting to peak.
“There were some serious teams in this tournament,” Darrow added. “Everyone contributed and we had a lot of fun this weekend.”
Heading the list of successful Purple Tigers this weekend was Coty Cute, who went 5-0 between matches at 171 and 189 pounds with three pins. In the final match against Jon Ruffier from Churchville-Chili, Cute posted a 12-0 majority decision to record his 100th career win.
Barry Kinney (130/135) and Dan Foster (160/171) also posted perfect 5-0 records. Cute, Kinney (three pins) and Foster (four pins) each earned spots on the All-Tournament Team.
Completing the 5-0 spotless records were Montana Sanders with three pins at 140 and Brandon Fitzgerald at 152 and 160 with all five wins coming by pin.
Sporting perfect 4-0 records for Cortland were Barklee Sanders (96) and Eric Reisweber (119/125) while Tyler Thayer (96/103) and Josh Morehouse (189/215) each went 4-1.
The only Morehouse loss was a 9-3 decision to Nate Schiedel from Cal-Mum, who placed third in the New York State Tournament last season.
Two more Cortland wrestlers had outstanding tournament efforts. Garrett Wyatt was 3-1 at 145 while Devon Darrow went 2-0 at 119 pounds.
In all, Coach Darrow said that all 19 wrestlers who went to the two-day tournament saw valuable mat time.




Balanced Rockets roll past Madison

MORRISVILLE — Led by four players in doubles figures, DeRuyter Central basketball boys rolled to an easy 73-31 Central Counties League win over Madison during the league’s annual Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic played at Morrisville State Saturday.
Brandon Meacham led the Rockets (4-2 CCL, 5-6 overall) with 16 points, Ethan Grime added 14 while Sean Rutherford and Dustin _McClure added 10 points each.
Brookfield tripped up McGraw 64-32 as part of the day’s festivities, while Cincinnatus took on Otselic Valley with no results _reported.
DeRuyter 73, Madison 31: “We went with a different line-up today as a way to shake things up,” said DeRuyter coach Kim Brown. “I have not been pleased with the way some of our guys have been _playing.
“I chose to start Brett Vosburg, Dave Revette, Matt Stevens, Dan Raymond and Eric Russell,” Brown explained. “Vosburg and Russell are usual starters, but the others provide solid minutes off the bench. Those three (Stevens, Revette, and Raymond) have been working their tails off in practice. It was time for them to get their shot due to their  tough-minded play.” 
DeRuyter took an early 18-7 lead after one quarter. The Rockets  got a nice boost from Grime off the bench in the quarter as he connected on two 3-point shots. Grime would make four treys in the first half.
“Ethan has been shooting the ball real well as of late,” said Borwn. “He’s the type of shooter who scores in bunches.”  
In the second quarter, Grime along with Rutherford and McClure would each score six as the Rockets scored 22 points and took a 40-12 lead at the half.
DeRuyter would outscore Madison 33-19 in the second half.  Brandon Meacham scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half.
“We need McClure and Rutherford, along with Meacham, to step up and assert themselves,” said Brown. “Until they start to do that, the others will carry this team.”
“Overall, we played decent today,” he added. “I was really pleased with Matt Stevens and Dave Revette. They may not wow you in the box score, but they do all the little things that helps us be successful.” 
Kody Peters led Madison with 13 points. 
DeRuyter hosts Brookfield on Tuesday with a 5:30 start.