January 10, 2008


Sluggish Tigers defeat Spartans


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Montana Sanders, of Cortland, slips a half-nelson on  Marcus Morris, of ESM en route to a 4-0 decision at 140 lbs. Wednesday night.

“We didn’t wrestle very well, but it was good enough to win.”
That’s how Cortland High wrestling coach, Dave Darrow, summed up his team’s performance in a 39-29 OHSL Freedom Division win over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday.
The Purple Tigers, now 3-1 in the league and 22-7 overall, were missing three regular starters due to various circumstances and received three forfeits. “There were a lot of bad match-ups for us,” Darrow said. “We were flat and tired; we’ve wrestled a lot, and we’d already beaten them once (54-25 in Central Square’s Brett D. Dixon Memorial Duals over the holiday break).
“Dan Foster had a good match (improving 28-0 with 16 pins this season by flattening Dustin Moss in 5:29 at 160 pounds), and Montana Sanders wrestled well (in a 4-0 decision over Marcus Morris).”
Tyler Thayer needed just 12 seconds to pin Matt Revette at 103 pounds, and Coty Cute is now 28-1 with 19 pins this season after dispatching Anthony LaMendola in 1:17 at 171. Winning by forfeits were Eric Reisweber (119), Josh Morehouse (189) and Cody Hartmann (215).
Cortland is tentatively scheduled to compete in the Central Square Dual-Meet Tournament Saturday, and returns to league action this Wednesday by hosting Homer Central. The Trojans were to have hosted Fulton Wednesday night, but due to high winds and consequential transportation problems for the Red Raiders the match was postponed until Jan. 18, with a 6 p.m. starting time. Homer will be at the Cazenovia Invitational this Saturday.




800, 3200 squads Trojan standouts

SYRACUSE — The Homer Central indoor track and field team traveled to Syracuse University’s Manley Field House to compete in the Jack Morse Relays Wednesday for the first co-ed non-championship meet held there in recent history.
In the first event of the evening the boys’ distance medley relay. Josh Bergmark (1,200 meters), Jordan Pettit (400m), Micah Brown (800m) and Jacob Weber (1,600m) ran a time of 13:18.53 to finish 23rd in a field of 25. Bergmark ran a well-paced opening leg in 4:03.2. After trailing the field early on, he was able to overcome multiple competitors who had started the race too fast. Pettit and Brown ran their legs in 1:08.4 and 2:34.1, respectively. Weber ran the strongest leg of the team with a time of 5:33.43.
The second event that the boys’ team competed in was the 800m relay. Eli Kabat got the boys off to a good start with a 26.6 second lap. He was followed by Justin Spinner, who ran a 27.6 second lap even though he was overcoming illness. Zandrew Zimmerman and Zerek Zimmerman ran the final legs of the relay in 26.7 and 27.4 seconds, respectively. The team finished with an official time of 1:48.26 to finish 13th out of 26 teams.
In the boys’ 3,200m relay, Andrew Gregg led off with a time of 2:12.6, putting the boys in first place in their heat. Jackson Randolph ran second for the boys in 2:20.7. Bergmark (2:33.7) took the baton in second place and during the course of the race passed the team that had once been the leaders. In the anchor position, Brown (2:27.5) improved his 800-meter time from earlier in the evening by almost seven seconds. The team finished third in their heat and 11th overall out of 23 teams with a time of 9:34.66.
The boys’ 1,600m relay quartet finished 18th out of 21 teams with an official time of 4:17.44. The Zimmerman brothers started the race for the Trojans. Zerek ran a 62.8 and Zandrew ran a 63.3. Pettit improved his time to 66.4 in his second 400-meter run of night. Weber anchored the team with a 64.8 in his first 400-meter run ever.
The boys also competed in multiple field events. In the long jump, Bergmark (11-feet-5.5 inches) was only allowed one attempt because of a conflict with another race. Pettit (14-5.5) and Bermark’s combined jumps took 18th and out of 20 teams of jumpers. Kabat (33-2) and Gregg (30-10.75) took 13th in a field of 24 teams of shot putters.
The final event the evening was scheduled to be the sprint medley relay. Randolph (400m), Kabat (200m), Spinner (200m) and Gregg (800m) were supposed to run for the Trojans. Due to rules that do not allow events to start after 10 p.m., the team was unable to compete.
Due to a lack of numbers on the girls’ team, the Trojans fielded an incomplete distance medley team.  Heather Wilson ran the opening 1,200m in 3:58.9 putting the team in second place.  Caitlin McMahon ran her 400m leg in 1:04.8. When the two were finished the girls were in second place, with an enormous lead over the rest of the field.  Teammate Rayne Perry was unable to run due to illness. The girls look forward to competing in meets with individual events.
Homer track and field will return to action this Wednesday, as the Trojans compete in the Fred Kirschenheiter Relays at Syracuse University’s Manley Field House. The first event starts at 6:30 p.m.




Olympians score win over Groton

MARATHON — With a combination of good contested matches and forfeits, Marathon Central posted a solid 51-24 win over visiting Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference wrestling action Wednesday at Appleby Elementary School.
In other matches, Candor doubled up Trumansburg 48-24, Elmira Heights Edison dumped Watkins Glen 38-29, Odessa-Montour stopped Spencer-Van Etten 48-24 and Waverly defeated Elmira Notre Dame 57-12. There was no report on the Dryden-Lansing match.
Marathon 51, Groton 24: “The guys looked good tonight,” said Marathon coach Jamie Bush. “We are starting to develop good habits on the mat.The mistakes that we made early on this season are starting to correct themselves and guys are starting to find ways to win.”
Tyler Hall opened things up for the Olympians with a big pinfall over Mike Sickman at the 1:06 mark of their 103-pound bout.
“This was Tyler’s first time to start a match for our team,” said Bush. “He looked sharp with a quick counter to a headlock and he as on his way. That fired up the team knowing we were giving up the next two weight classes by forfeit.
Groton took an 18-6 lead when Andrew Burlingame pinned Chester Hayes at the 1:04 mark of their match at 125 pounds.
Marathon would win the next six matches for a 39-18 advantage.
Mikhail Brown (130) started the streak by sticking Chris Ingalls in 1:08. Devon Brown (135) would receive a forfeit. Kasey Bush (140) won a battle of two seniors by posting an 8-3 decision over Code Hilsinger. Scot Torbit (145), Kevin Fox (152) and Dan Morehouse (160) would follow with pinfall victories.
“I wish we could have gotten Devon a match, but Groton decided not to send anyone out,” said Bush. “This was Devon’s first action in four weeks and we are glad to have him back on the mat.
“Kasey wrestled well winning the senior match-up of the evening by decision over Cody Hisinger,” Coach Bush added.
Brandon Wing got the final Groton points with a win at 171 pounds, Wing pinned Troy Reynolds in 3:34.
Josh Jenke (189) and Dustin Mejean (215) closed out the match with forfeit wins for Marathon.
Marathon is scheduled to compete in the Central Square Duals this Friday and Saturday while Groton is slated to compete in the Cazenovia Invitational Tournament Saturday.