January 14, 2008


Dragons dominate Whitehill Duals

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Living up to its top seed, SUNY Cortland wrestlers claimed their first team title in the 14-year history of the Budd Whitehill Duals on Saturday.
The Red Dragons, ranked eighth nationally in Division III, finished first out of 20 teams by beating Loras College 33-9 in the semifinals and 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater 27-9 in the championship match Saturday at Lycoming College.
Cortland had finished second last season. The Red Dragons title run began on Friday with wins over Thiel, Baldwin-Wallace and Messiah prior to Saturday’s success.
Cortland 33, Loras 9: Junior Peppy Cabrera, ranked sixth nationally at 125 pounds, opened the match with a 6-1 win. Two matches later, freshman Joe Widrick, ranked sixth at 141 pounds, posted a 12-4 major decision to give Cortland a 7-3 lead.
Junior Paul LeBlanc, the fourth-ranked wrestler nationally at 149, extended Cortland’s lead to 13-3 with a pin in 3:50. Loras won the next match before senior Zack Bogardus, ranked third at 165, pinned his opponent in 3:51. Sophomore Corey Barber followed with a 12-3 major decision at 174 to put Cortland up 23-6 with three matches remaining.
In a battle of ranked wrestlers, Loras’ ninth-ranked Jay Figgins defeated 10th-ranked junior Treavor LeBlanc at 184, capturing an 8-3 decision. Senior Brett Giehl clinched Cortland’s victory with an 11-0 major decision at 197 and sophomore Joe Murphy won by forfeit at heavyweight.
Cortland 27, Wisconsin-Whitewater 9: Cortland won the championship match by winning seven individual matches, including the opening five to jump ahead 19-0.
Cabrera won 8-3 at 125 and sophomore Dave Colagiovanni was a 15-7 major decision winner at 133. Widrick defeated nationally fourth-ranked Austin Bautista at 141 pounds, 7-6, followed by a Paul LeBlanc pin in 1:10 at 149 and a 5-2 win by freshman Tyler Sick at 157.
After Bogardus was upset, 2-1, at 165, Barber earned a 16-0 technical fall at 174 to put Cortland ahead 24-3. Whitewater won the next two matches before Murphy wrapped up the afternoon with a 6-3 win at heavyweight.
Paul LeBlanc finished the weekend with a 5-0 record, including four pins, and is now 17-0 on the season. Cabrera and Murphy were also 5-0 during the tournament, while Widrick and Barber each finished 4-0.
Cortland returns to the mats this Friday and Saturday at the New York State Championships being hosted by the University of Buffalo.




CHS champions despite change in plans

WELLS BRIDGE — A change of plans did not deter Cortland High wrestlers from putting their best foot forward.
With a concern for numbers, Purple Tigers coach Dave Darrow opted to remove his team from the two-day Central Square Duals and entered them in the Dan Wickham Classic at Unatego High School Saturday. The final result was five champions and the team title with _176 points, 39 points better than runner-up_ Ellenville.
Eric Reisweber (119 pounds), Barry Kinney (130), Corby Reynolds (145), Dan Foster (160) and Coty Cute (171) took championship honors. All five posted perfect 3-0 records on the day.
Josh Morehouse (189) also reached the championship final, but had to settle for second place with a 2-1 record. Barklee Sanders (96) and Montana Sanders (140) came through wrestlebacks to place third. Montana was 4-1 on the day while Barklee went 3-1.
Reisweber pinned his first two opponents midway through the second period before scoring a 15-11 decision over David Carman of Unatego in the finals.
Kinney made quick works of Sidney’s Peter Bartolilo with a 39-second pin in the quarterfinals, but used all three period to tech fall Delhi’s Nick Steffens in the semifinals. In the finals, Kinney used 1:35 to stick Tom Bushnell of Berne-Knox-Westerlo.
Foster followed Kinney’s route with two pins before recording a win by injury default over Kyle Gale of Onteora with 10 seconds remaining in the first period of the title bout.
Reynolds had a tougher road to his title. He posted a quick pin in the opening minute of his quarterfinal bout, but needed overtime to post a 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals over Primo Stopoli from Onteora. In the finals, Reynolds posted a 5-2 decision over Ron Alston from Sidney.
Cute planked his first two opponents to reach the championship match before posting a technical fall decision over Markus Pratti of Ellenville just five seconds into the second period.
Morehouse was well on his way with pins in the quarterfinals and semifinals, but he lost a tough 3-2 decision to Eric Thayer of Ellenville in the title match.




Trojans head up local trio taking ninth at Caz Invite

CAZENOVIA — Three local wrestling teams traveled to Cazenovia College Saturday as Cazenovia High hosted its’ 2008 Invitational.
Homer Central placed ninth in the 16-team field behind second-place finishes by Nate Crawford and Nick Shanahan. Dryden High took 12th-place with 52 points with Bryon Pyle grabbing runner-up honors at 171 pounds. Groton Central rounded out the trio of school with a 15th-place finish with 15 points.
Marathon Central competed in the two-day Central Square Duals and posted a sixth-place finish with a 3-5 record.


“We wrestled well,” said Homer coach Jeff Lewis. “Nate Crawford and Nick Shanahan wrestle tough all day. So did Saxon Sprouse, Ben McBride and Jason Rogers. All five guys placed for us.”
Crawford (140) and Shanahan (152) each went 3-1 in the tournament. Crawford picked up pin in the first round before scoring two close decisions. Crawford won 8-7 over Jordan Kelley of Fayetteville-Manlius in the quarterfinals before a 3-1 decision over Anthony Fish of Copenhagen in the semifinals. Scott Luberto (Sandy Creek) won a 5-0 decision over Crawford in the finals.
Shanahan won his first three matches by decision before a tough 2-0 loss to Nate Stranges of Herkimer in the finals.
Sprouse (135) had the busiest day with five matches and he went 4-1. He was 2-0 before getting pinned in the semifinals with two seconds left in the first period. Sprouse bounced back 5-2 decision over Justin Manchester (Sandy Creek) before winning by default over Adam Lockwood of Cazenovia in the consolation final.
McBride (119) was 3-2, starting with back-to-back pins in his first two matches. After losing in the semifinals, McBride stayed alive with a 2-0 decision over Doug Miller of Wellsville. Jason Hegelke (West Genesee) pinned McBride in the consolation final.
Rogers went 2-2 to earn fifth-place in the 130-pound weight class. Rogers posted a 2-1 decision over Christian Cobb (Port Byron) for fifth.
l Brandon Pyle posted a 3-1 day for Dryden and he rolled into the finals after scoring first-round pins in the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals. In a tough championship match, Pyle lost a 6-5 decision to Brandon Kyles of Solvay.
Other place-finishers for the Purple Lions were Nick Wixom (fourth, 2-2) at 189, Casey Marquis (sixth, 1-3) at 112 and Aaron Kelley (sixth, 0-3) at 275.
l Groton had Zac Adams (2-2) place fifth at 112 pounds to be the only top-six finisher for the Indians.
Dryden will return to IAC action as the Purple Lions travel to Newark Valley for a 7 p.m. match. Groton will host Trumansburg in IAC action Wednesday at 7 p.m.