February 5, 2009


Stall call helps Fulton nip CHS

A late call in an early bout ended up costing the Cortland High wrestling team dearly against visiting Fulton Wednesday night in a battle of state-ranked Division I teams.
Garret Morse led the Red Raiders’ Cody Hogan 1-0 in the waning moments of their 140-pound match, in which both wrestlers were warned for stalling, when Hogan shot for a takedown. Morse sprawled out to avoid the effort and was called for stalling with eight seconds left, tying the score 1-1. Hogan then got a takedown in the extra session for a 3-1 victory.
“It was a bad call,” Purple Tigers coach Dave Darrow said, “and it affected Garret going into the overtime. He shot and Hogan was able to get behind him. If we win that one, it’s all over because we’re leading heading into the middle weights.”
And the middle weights are where CHS does its most damange.
As it was, Fulton, ranked 21st in the state among Division I teams this week, took an 11-9 lead. After the 32nd-ranked hosts won four bouts in a row to go up 24-11, the Red Raiders took the last four to pull out a narrow 26-24 OHSL Freedom Division win.
“Overall it was a great match,” said Darrow, his team having finished its league schedule in a three-way tie for third at 3-3 while falling to 29-7 overall. “We should have won. It was a good effort by everyone. They won seven matches to our six, and we only had one pin.”
That came from 125-pounder Mike Gates, who needed 3:17 to flatten Fulton’s Adam Wallace. Gates, now 27-6 with 20 pins, is ranked fifth in the section in Division I at 125, while Wallace came in ranked third.
Dan Foster, the top-ranked 171-pounder in the section, is now 41-1 on the season after taking just 4:06 to score a technical fall over fifth-ranked Michael Conners of Fulton. Montana Sanders (29-8, sixth-ranked) scored a 12-4 major decision over the visitors’ Marcus Earle (seventh) at 145.
Winning by decision for Cortland were Kyle Cute (7-2) at 135, 6-1 over Tony Torrese; Corby Reynolds (36-6, fourth) by 6-3 over Chris Woods (sixth) at 152 and Garrett Wyatt (23-14) by 7-3 over Shawn Kelsey at 160.
In a key matchup at 215, top-ranked D.J. Ingham of Fulton edged third-ranked Josh Morehouse from CHS 8-6. Morehouse is now 38-3 on the season, while Ingham improves to 20-2. “It could have gone either way,” Darrow said.
“Josh and D.J. will meet twice more,” the CHS coach predicted, “in the finals of the sectional Class A and Division I tournaments.”
Cortland led 24-11 after Foster’s win, but Fulton got its only pin and then three straight decisions to win, 112-pounder Jack Howard deciding the issue by out-pointing Cortland’s Tyler Thayer 6-3 in the final bout of the night. The Red Raiders finished second to Phoenix in the league at 5-1 and are now 24-6 overall.
In exhibition matches, Cortland’s Ian Spafford beat Kevin Hayden 4-1 at 285 pounds while at 119 the Purple Tigers’ Ryan Webber won by major decision, with no further information reported.
Cortland finishes its dual-meet season with a pair of non-leaguers at home. Oneida visits on Friday, while next Wednesday is Senior Night and Hall of Fame Night with Baldwinsville, ranked right behind CHS at 33rd in the state among Division I teams, coming to town. Both matches are slated for 6 p.m. starts.