February 16, 2009


Foster, Morehouse take titles for runner-up CHS

A pair of weight class champions helped the Cortland High wrestling team finish second in the 11-team field of the Section 3 Class A tournament in Chittenango Saturday.
Dan Foster was crowned Class A champion at 171 pounds, while at 215 pounds Josh Morehouse gained some revenge to win the title for the second year in a row. Three other Purple Tigers — Eric Reisweber (119), Mike Gates (125) and Jason DeGouff (130) — were runners-up.
In the Class B event at South Jefferson, meanwhile, a pair of Homer Central wrestlers — Saxon Sprouse at 135 and Nate Crawford at 140 — finished third as the Trojans ended up 12th out of 13 teams.
Groton’s Matt Hinman was runner-up at 152 pounds in the Section 4 Class D Tournament at Odessa-Montour.
Cortland earned 172.5 points to finish second to Fulton, which collected 239.5.
“We wrestled as well as we can wrestle. We did real well,” CHS coach Dave Dave Darrow said. “The kids did a good job to finish second. They’re working hard.”
Foster improved to 46-1 on the season by ripping through his three matches, culminated with an 11-6 decision over Mexico’s Troy Benjamin in the finals at 171. Foster, the top seed, had scored technical falls over Kyle Toney of Mexico (4:09) and fourth-seeded Mike Conners of Fulton (3:37) to advance to the title match.
Morehouse, the second seed at 215, beat top-seeded D.J. Ingham of Fulton 9-4 in the finals to avenge an 8-6 loss in a dual meet back on Feb. 4. He had earlier pinned Indian River’s Robert Ashwood in 2:43 and scored a 9-1 decision over third-seeded Dylan Hoffman of Indian River. He is now 42-4 with 19 pins this winter.
Reisweber, seeded second, lost 9-0 to Fulton’s David Hall in the 119-pound finals after beating sixth seed John Regan of Chittenango 9-3 and second seed Kyle Sikes from Mexico 9-3. Reisweber, now 33-11, had lost the Sikes 10-5 in a Jan. 14 dual meet.
The top-seeded Gates lost by technical fall in 4:10 to second-seeded Adam Wallace of Fulton with the 125-pound crown at stake and is now 31-7 with 23 pins. Gates needed 1:35 to pin Joe Farmer from Chittenango before pinning fifth-seeded Jeff Clark of Oneida in 5:17.
DeGouff, seeded third at 130, was pinned by top seed Eric Smith of Fulton in 3:06 in the finals after pinning Jessie Yelvington from Carthage in 5:54 and beating second-seeded Brandon Ingram from Indian River 7-0, avenging a loss in the North Country Invitational Dec. 20. He is 36-13 with 22 pins.
Finishing third for the Purple Tigers were Montana Sanders (145), Corby Reynolds (152) and Ian Spafford (285), while Cody Hartmann was fourth at 189. Sanders is now 32-10 with 11 pins, Reynolds 41-7 with 14 points, Spafford 17-12 with seven pins and Hartmann 20-24 with 10 pins.
James Loomis from Mexico, the 135-pound champion, was named the tournanment’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Cortland will next compete in Sunday’s Section 3 Division I Tournament in Utica (10 a.m.), with each weight class champion qualifying for the state tournament in Albany Feb. 27 and 28.
“We should have a few good seeds for this weekend. We’ll see what happens,” Darrow said.
Homer’s Sprouse scored a 9-0 major decision over South Jefferson’s Casey Hanson in the consolation finals at 135, while at 140 Nate Crawford scored a 9-3 decision over Dylan Perry in the consolation finals as both Homer matmen finished third. No further results were available. Sprouse came into the weekend at 23-6, while Crawford was 27-5.
Homer will take part in Saturday’s Section 3 Division II meet Saturday at Utica, also slated for a 10 a.m. start. Each weight class champion will advance to the state tournament in Albany Feb. 27 and 28.
Hinman dropped an 8-3 decision to T.J. Herrick from Elmira Heights Edison with the 152-pound title at stake. After a bye in the quarterfinals, Hinman beat Harpursville’s Chris Warren 6-5 to earn his berth in the finals.
Finishing fourth for the Indians were Terrell Williams at 135, Chad Weldon at 145 and Tyler Robinson at 160.