December 7, 2009
Trojans grab team title behind MVP O’Gorman
CHITTENANGO — Three Homer Central wrestlers were unbeatable Saturday, and so were the Trojans.
Carter O’Gorman earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for his team after a perfect 5-0 day at 215 pounds, while classmates Nate Crawford and Ryan Murray also went unbeaten as the Trojans won all five of their matches to capture the Coaches Vs. Cancer Duals team title at Chittenango High School.
The Trojans improve to 9-1 overall on the season.
Homer defeated Onondaga 49-12 in the first round and then downed Marcellus 42-21, Chittenango 42-29, Whitney Point 42-27 and New Hartford 45-19 in succession to claim the crown. As a team, the Trojans has now placed second and first in their dual-meet tournament season — having been a runner-up to Ithaca at the Cortland High Duals.
“I was very pleased with how we wrestled as a team,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said. “I knew we had some good young kids coming up this season. I just did not expect this type of start to the season.
“Carter really wrestled hard,” he added of MVP O’Gorman. “He has really worked hard since day one and he keeps learning and improving. I really enjoy him and he is a great influence on this team.”
O’Gorman began his day with a hard-fought 12-11 decision over Brandon Stevens of Onondaga. He then pinned Marcellus’ Aaron Murphy and stuck Whitney Point’s Dylan Bennett. O’Gorman received forfeits against Chittenango and New Hartford.
Crawford not only went 5-0 Saturday, but this senior is now a perfect 10-0 in his final season. Crawford received three forfeits on the day. He also posted his second victory by fall over Aaron Kirsch of Chittenango this week and then planked Tyler Clark of Whitney Point in 1:30.
Murray enjoyed his perfect day and improved to 9-1 on the season. He pinned Rob McConnell (Onondaga) just 1:13 into his opening match. Murray then pinned Rob Balluchi (Marcellus) and Whitney Point’s Mike Karderinis in addition to receiving two forfeit victories.
Near-perfection was achieved by Matt DeWitt (103-112 pounds), Nick Petrie (130), Eric Metzger (135) and James Cochran (171) as this Trojan quartet went 4-1. Ben McBride (140), Mark Dove (145) and John McCall (160) were on the plus-side for the day at 3-2. Bobby Chambrone was a combined 2-2 at 103 and 112 pounds.
Homer will return to non-league action today. The Trojans travel to Dryden High for a 7 p.m. match. Homer travels to the General Brown Duals on Saturday.
MARATHON WRESTLERS competed in the Saber Tournament at Susquehanna Valley High School Saturday. The Olympians placed eighth out of 10 teams in action with 43 points. Vestal edged the host school 154-151 for the team title.
It was a good day for Lucas Malmberg. The Olympian sophomore took first-place honors at 96 pounds after posting a 14-0 superior decision over Harpursville’s Jacob Andrews in the championship match.
“Lucas is going to be solid at this weight once he puts on a few more pounds,” Marathon coach Jamie Bush said. “He is under sized, but working hard in the weight room. He is a sophomore and works hard year round to improve and it shows.
“He was a little nervous going into his first finals match at the varsity level,” Bush continued. “But once he opened up and put combination of moves together, he becomes really tough to beat and stay with. He has a motor that just doesn’t quit. It showed in the third period where he scored seven of his 14 points in his finals match.”
The Olympians had two other wrestlers place as well.
Tyler Hall took runner-up honors at 125 pounds. He dropped a 5-1 decision to Alex Francik in the finals.
At 215, Dillon Hurlbert placed fourth. It was the first varsity tournament of his high school career.
Marathon will be back on the mat Wednesday at 7 p.m. in IAC action at Spencer-Van Etten. The Olympians then host their own dual-meet tournament Saturday with action starting at 9 a.m.
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