December 9, 2013


CHS solid second at duals

SANDY CREEK — It came down to the fourth match of the day when Cortland High wrestlers captured second place competing in the Sandy Creek Duals held on Saturday.
The Purple Tigers and Canastota were the class of this six-school gathering, and the team title was decided in their showdown when Cortland was on the short-end of a 42-26 decision. Canastota had five pins in that decisive match and overcame an early 13-3 deficit.
The Purple Tigers knocked off the other four foes faced on the day, beating Port Byron 52-21, host Sandy Creek 57, Herkimer 67-15 and closing things out after the loss to Canastota with a 67-15 manhandling of South Lewis.
“We wrestled really well,” Cortland coach Dave Darrow said. “All the kids did a good job. It was a tough loss to Canastota, but we faced a lot of good tests. It really was a team effort. Every single guys got a key win during the day.”
Mike Southwick earned most outstanding wrestler honors for going unbeaten at 160 and 170 pounds on the day for the Purple Tigers. The senior pinned three foes, picked up a forfeit and pulled out a 3-2 decision over Canastota’s Anthony Micaroni in his toughest confrontation of the day.
“Mike was really our standout today,” Darrow said. “I did think that Trent Jones did a nice job today. Drew Towers was very consistent.”
Jones went 4-1 at 106 pounds. He received forfeits against Port Byron and Sandy Creek to start his day. Jones lost a tough 8-7 decision to Herkimer’s T.J. Philpotts before bouncing back with a 6-0 decision over Matt Hood from Canastota and a pin in 1:19 against Shania Loomis of South Lewis.
After losing a major decision in his first match and getting pinned in the Sandy Creek match, Towers came back with 4-0 decision over Collin Treen from Herkimer, he pinned Mike Zupan of Canastota in 3:51 and he stuck South Lewis’ Michael Youngs in the final Purple Tiger match of the day in 36 seconds to finish 3-2.
Mike Bay went 4-1 at 99 pounds, Ian George posted a 4-1 mark between 120 and 126-pound matches. Alec
Edwards went 4-1 between matches at 145 and 152 while Grant Tinker was 3-2 in the same two weight classes, Greg Brown was also 3-2 between 220 and 285 pounds.
Cortland will return to OHSL Freedom Division action Wednesday as the Purple Tigers travel to Mexico at 6 p.m.


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