December 5, 2013


Purple Tigers thump Spartans for openers

WrestlingJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Mike Southwick performs a controlled throw while wrestling ES-M’s Medo Pugonja in the first period of Wednesday’s match at 160 pounds. Southwick won by pin.

The Cortland High wrestling team got the season off to a strong start Wednesday night, mauling visiting OHSL Freedom Division foe East Syracuse-Minoa 80-3.
“The kids are working pretty hard and are in good shape,” Purple Tigers coach Dave Darrow said. “They wrestled tough, physical and smart. They did a good job. The only match we lost was in overtime.”
In the most competitive match of the night at 152 pounds, the visiting Spartans avoided a team shutout when Sam Legro pulled out an 8-6 sudden victory over Cortland’s Grant Tinker.
Every other match pretty much had CHS wrestlers in complete control against an ES-M squad that had been humbled 90-0 by Central Valley Academy the previous evening.
“Dane George wrestled really well. Greg Brown is back after a year off and looked good and solid. So did Reilly Brown and Nic Edmond. Aaron Kelchner, our eighth-grader, was losing but got a pin in his first varsity match,” noted Coach Darrow.
Freshman George needed 1:09 to flatten the Spartans’ Jake Kingsley at 113 pounds. Cortland senior Greg Brown pinned Mason Hausler in 4:59 at 220, while freshman Reilly Brown (no relation to Greg) at 182 put Joe Monteleone’s shoulders to the mat in 1:01 and junior Edmond used 2:27 to dispose of Nick Capria.
Kelchner was down 8-2 in the second period before pinning Jacob Schultz in 3:34.
Junior Chace Bentley had the fastest of the hosts’ nine pins, using just 50 seconds to end his match with Brian Nguyen at 170. Senior Alec Edwards was right behind, pinning Anthony Sardo in 56 seconds at 145. Other pin winners were junior Drew Towers at 138, in 2:28 over Alex Regan, and senior Mike Southwick at 160, in 2:54 over Medo Pugonja.
Sophomore Jake Smith won by technical fall over Tyler Gardner at 120, running up a 15-0 advantage in 4:46, and sophomore Isaiah Brookman out-pointed Jeff Loder 2-1 at 132. Forfeits went to sophomore Mike Bay (99), sophomore Trent Jones (106) and senior Marcus Minix (285).
Cortland will travel north Saturday to compete in the Sandy Creek Dual-Meet Tournament starting at 10 a.m. In addition to CHS and the hosts, the field also includes Port Byron, Canastota, Herkimer and South Lewis. “”We’re looking for a lot stiffer competition this weekend,” Darrow said.



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