January 20, 2012


Changes don’t slow Trojans


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer’s Jonathan Cottrell rolls Adam Naterpole of Skaneateles onto his back during their 138 lb. bout, en route to a 8-0 decision that started the Trojans on their way to a 42-29 win Thursday night.

Homer Central’s wrestling team stepped onto its home mat for just the third time this season Thursday night and it proved memorable.
Due to injuries and dinged-up grapplers, Trojan coach Jeff Lewis took a chance and went with some younger athletes in some matches while others bumped up two weight classes. It didn’t matter as Homer built an early 24-3 lead and recorded a solid 42-29 OHSL Liberty Division win over visiting Skaneateles. The Trojans improve to 3-2, 11-6 overall. The Lakers drop to 2-3, 7-10 overall.
“We are a little banged up,” Lewis said. “I needed to hold Eric Petrie (17-10) and Mark Dove (23-6) out for the night. We juggled things around, which included Nick Petrie and Eric Metzger bumping up two weight classes and sticking Bob Chambrone, Jonathan Cottrell and Gage Root into the line-up. I was really pleased with how all the guys did tonight.”
Cottrell stepped into the spotlight to open things up at 138 pounds. The junior responded with an 8-0 major decision over Adam Naterpole to improve to 3-2.
Matt Norris followed his 27th win after receiving a forfeit at 145. The sophomore has lost just seven times this season.
Root, a freshman, took the mat at 152 and grabbed a big 15-0 technical fall over Francis Lombardi just as the second period ended. Root improves to 6-2.
Bumping up two weight classes were juniors Nick Petrie and Eric Metzger. Petrie (21-11) scored a 5-0 decision over Jake Brillo at 160. Metzger (23-6) delivered a pinfall in 1:44 over Russell Benedict at 170 pounds as Homer took a 24-0 lead.
“Jonathan stepped in and got us off to a good start,” Lewis said. “Skaneateles avoided Matt Norris, which we expected they would. Gage put together a very solid match before Nick and Eric bumped up for their matches.”
Bailey Goddard and David Kiernan combined for nine more Trojans points as the advantage grew to 33-3. Freshman Goddard posted his sixth win this season by pinning Jake Kipp at the 4:30 mark of their 195-pound match. Kiernan (19-9), a junior, collected a 7-2 decision at 220 over Cooper Pittman.
Collin Baker sealed the match for the Trojans after Skaneateles received a forfeit at 285. The Trojan freshman lightweight improved to 10-13 by pinning Nevan Rourke at the 2:22 mark of their 99-pound bout.
“Leading 24-3, I figured we needed 20 more points to clinch the match,” Lewis stated. “Bailey good a huge pin for us. Collin’s pin was also very big and David, of course, did what we hoped he would do.”
Skaneateles received two more forfeits and then two major decisions to pull to within 39-29, but the Lakers ran out of matches.
Chambrone, a Trojan senior, closed out the night with a 2-1 decision at 132 pounds over Ryan Dick. Chambrone’s record improves to 3-2.
“Even though the match was decided,” Lewis said. “Bobby came out a wrestled a very good match. It was a nice way to end the evening.
“We have been very busy on the weekends with tournaments,” he continued. “It will be nice for the guys to have a weekend off and to get healthy for the league tournament and sectionals.”
Homer returns to action Jan. 28 in the OHSL Liberty Division Tournament at Jordan-Elbridge.


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