January 12, 2009


CHS 2nd, sets new school mark

CENTRAL SQUARE — Cortland High completed its two-day run at the Central Square Duals Saturday with four wins, one setback and a school record for team wins in a season.
The Purple Tigers took second place in the team standings with an 8-1 record. More importantly, Cortland improved to 27-6 overall — besting last year’s 25-9 mark.
“We really did wrestle well as a team this weekend,” said Cortland High coach David Darrow. “We have some great seniors this year who we will lose after this season, but, we also have some great young kids. Those young kids are really starting to come around.”
After a 4-0 start Friday, Cortland defeated Camden 55-24 and Clifton Fine 60-15 to begin Saturday out on a positive note.
The only blemish came when the Purple Tigers lost 43-28 to eventually team champion Chenango Valley. The Section 4 team from the Triple Cities is currently ranked 23rd in the latest New York State Division II poll and went unbeaten over the two days of duals.
“We just did not match-up well against them,” Darrow explained. “We started at a bad spot at 189. We thought we could bump guys up, but we lost by pin in that first match at that set the tone. Chenango Valley is really strong from 112 to 145. We just could not make up enough points, so I stopped bumping guys up.”
The Purple Tigers rebounded with victories over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 72-12 and the tournament’s other local entry, Marathon, 65-12, to complete a busy second day.
Dan Foster at 171 pounds and Josh Morehouse at 215 each went 5-0 Saturday and finished the tournament with perfect 9-0 marks to share team Most Outstanding wrestler honors. Foster only had one actual match on Day Two and he pinned Justin Jones of Clifton Fine at the 5:08 mark. Foster improves to 35-1 this season.
Morehouse pinned Ryan Hall of Camden in 15 seconds before winning by fall over Clifton Fine’s Cole Tristram in 3:41. He is 34-2 this season and, like Foster, has 16 pins.
Jason DeGouff (130) and Montana Sanders (145) also posted 5-0 marks Saturday, DeGouff pinned Mick Raut of Camden in 16 seconds, Shelby Huffman from Chenango Valley in 1:22 and A-P-W’s Guile Scriber in 2:39 to improve to 28-8 this season with 16 pins. Sanders was 4-0 at 145 and did receive a forfeit win at 152. He recorded one of the biggest wins when he posted a 3-2 decision over Nick Troutman of Chenango Valley. Sanders is 22-7 this season. Both guys were 8-1 over the two days.
Other solid efforts were delivered by Ian Spafford (285) and Zack Alexander (96), who finished 7-2 this weekend. Devon Darrow wrestled his best tournament of the season and finished 5-1 at 135 while Eric Reisweber was 6-2 at 119 pounds.
Barklee Sanders (112), Brandon Anderson (119) and Jesse Towers (130) each won exhibition matches for CHS, Towers via pin.
Cortland returns to mat action action Wednesday as the Purple Tigers travel to Mexico for another tough OHSL Freedom Division match.
MARATHON HAD Ryan Weldner earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honor for the Olympians. Weldner posted a 7-1 record over the two-day tournament at 285 pounds.
“Chenango Valley placed first and wrestled well both days,” said Marathon coach Jamie Bush. “Their coaches have done a fine job building that team from nothing a few years ago. It is always good to see teams succeed after struggling to put together a team and know they are really doing well as a whole.
“While we went 2-7 and placed seventh, we did okay individually, ” Bush continued. “The guys that should win did and the new kids got the much needed mat time.”
In addition to Weldner, Tyler Hall posted a solid 7-2 record for the Olympians at 112 pounds. Troy Reynolds (152) and Dustin Mejean (215) each posted 6-3 marks.
Shawn Neville scored three wins at 140 while two wins each were posted by Justin Hoffert (160), Jeremy Byron (171) and Christian Seyerle (189).
As far as team scores, Marathon defeated Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 38-21 and Watertown 36-29. The Olympians lost to Camden 65-24, Chenango Valley 77-3, Clifton Fine 44-30, Watertown IHC 42-24, Central Square 59-18 Northern Adirondack 69-7 and Cortland.