November 28, 2008
Experienced CHS looking tough
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Dan Foster, who wrestled in the state meet last year at 160 pounds, heads up a veteran Cortland High squad hosting a season-opening dual tournament today and Saturday.
The Cortland high wrestling team, which opens its season by hosting its own dual-meet tournament today and Saturday, has a solid nucleus of veterans returning from a squad that was fairly successful last season, going 4-3 in the rugged OHSL Freedom division and 25-9 overall.
Heading up the list of returnees is senior Dan Foster, who went 42-5 with 20 pins last season wrestling at 160, 171 and 189, was runner-up at 160 pounds in the Section 3 Division I meet and earned a wild-card entry into the state tournament, dropping a pair of one-point decisions. He also was second at 160 in the Section 3 Class A meet. His career record is 104-29 with 39 pins.
Senior Josh Morehouse went 35-8 20 pins at 189 and 215, won the sectional Class A championship at the higher weight and was sixth in the Division I sectionals. He enters the season with a career record of 79-27 with 39 pins. Another senior, Corby Reynolds, was 27-15 with nine pins between 145 and 152 and was fourth in Class A at 145, while classmate Montana Sanders went 25-11 with 12 pins at 140, 145 and 152.
Junior Eric Reisweber also reached the 20-win mark, going 21-15 seven pins at 119 (where he was third in Class A) and 125. Freshman Barkley Sanders, Montana’s brother, was 19-13 with four pins at 96 and 103.
Foster will wrestle at 171 to start this season, while Morehouse will be at 215, Reynolds at 160, Montana Sanders at 145, Reisweber at 119 and Barkley Sanders at 112.
Also back are seniors Garrett Wyatt (152), Kyle Cute (135) and Mike Gates (125), juniors Jason DeGouff (130) and Cody Hartmann (189), sophomores Garret Morse (145; sixth in Class A at 125 last winter), Tyler Thayer (112) and freshmen Anthony Stento (119) and Devon Darrow (135).
A key loss due to a football-related knee injury will be senior Brandon Fitzgerald, who went 37-8 with 11 pins at 152 and 160 last season, taking third at the lighter weight at the Class A meet and third at the Division I meet. His final career record is 132-37 with 38 pins.
Lost to graduation were:
l Coty Cute, who went 42-6 with 25 pins at 171 and 189, was second at the lighter weight in Class A and fourth in Division I and finished 115-53 with 57 pins for his career.
l A.J. Meldrim, who was 33-12 with 14 pins last season at 140 and 145, was third in Class A and fifth in Division I at 140 last winter and left with a career record to 124-66 (58).
l Barry Kinney, who finished last season 35-14 with 17 pins at 130 and 135 and took third in Class A and fourth in Division I at the lighter weight and was 99-56 (39) in his career.
New to the varsity level this season are seniors Ian Spafford (215 or 275) and Mitch Fitts (171), sophomores Jesse Towers (140), Dustin Spaulding (140), Luke Bush (160), Brian Strough (171) and Shakief Rivers (171), freshmen Mike Griffen (119), Justin Pierce (140), John Cepeda (215) and Larry Barry (215) and eighth-graders Brandon Anderson (119), Ryan Webber (112) and Zach Alexander (96).
“We have a lot of inexperienced wrestlers and are going to have some holes in the lineup,” Cortland coach Dave Darrow said. “I don’t know how good we’ll be; we’ll have to see how we line up. We have some good individuals, no doubt.
“I’d like to see three guys get to the states for us, and we want to be competitive in every match. Phoenix is better than everyone in the league, and is one of the best teams in the state. Fulton should be solid, and Mexico might be down a little but will still be good. I’d say we’re on the same level as Mexico, behind the other two.”
In addition to the hosts, other teams involved in the Cortland Duals, which were to get underway at 11 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday with two mats each in the Shafer and downstairs gyms, are Homer, Dryden, Ithaca, Auburn, Jordan-Elbridge and Southern Cayuga.
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