December 10, 2007


Four Purple Lions, Olympian take titles at Marathon Duals


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon’s Devon Brown takes Sidney’s Nevin Cutting to the mat during 125-pound matchup at the Marathon Duals Saturday.Brown won by pin and went unbeaten on the day.

MARATHON — Dryden High  had four wrestlers post perfect 5-0 records Saturday while the host Olympians had one perfect wrestler during the Marathon Duals Tournament.
Earning individual champions honors for the Purple Lions with perfecto records were 119-pounder James Gleason (four pins), 171-pounder Bryon Pyle (three pins), 189-pounder Nick Wixom (three pins) and 215-pounder Tony Clarke (three pins), plus Marathon grappler Devon Brown (four pins) at 125-pounds.
Mikhail Brown from Marathon was an individual champion at 135 with a 4-1 record and one pin.
Both teams went 3-2 for the day with the Olympians (4-2 overall) posting a third-place team finish in the eight-team event while the Purple Lions (4-3) placed fifth. Groton went 1-4 on the day to place seventh. Watertown IHC from Section 3 won the team title with a perfect 5-0 mark.
“Dryden did very well on the day considering we are not yet at full strength,” said Coach Baldo Bustamante. “Missing on Saturday were 103-pounder Zack Bouchard because of a prior commitment for the weekend, and Aaron Kelley out due to an injury. Aaron will be back in the line-up before the holiday break and newcomer Ryan Rivers will be eligible to complete soon at the 125-pound weight class.” 
Both Coach Bustamante and Coach Larry Hinkle agreed that the unsung hero award should go to Levi Relyea for really stepping up for the team. 
“Levi competed in the toughest weight class of the tournament (152),” said Bustamante. “He took a good shot to the eye during an earlier match, but wanted to compete against Norwich during our last match, and although he lost a hard fought match, the fact that he even competed help Dryden defeat Norwich.” 
Clarke now stands at 9-0 on the season with seven pins while Pyle improves to 10-1 with eight pins. Devon Brown stands at 9-1 this season with seven pins.
Dan Morehouse (171) went 4-1 (four pins) for Marathon with Travis Bell from Dryden having a strong day overall as he went 4-1 as well with two pins.




Trojans improve, place 4th at duals

DEXTER — Homer Central showed improvement as the Trojan wrestlers took fourth place with a 2-3 record at the General Brown Duals Saturday.
Homer (2-4 overall) defeated Clifton Fine (54-24) in the first round and Ogdensburg Free (33-25) in the third round. Trojan losses came to Beaver River (36-31), General Brown (48-15) and Baldwinsville (54-18). Host General Brown won its own tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.
 “I was pleased we our overall effort,” said Homer coach Jeff Lewis. “We showed improvement from our first match, but we still have a ways to go.”
Saxon Sprouse (135), Jason Rogers (130) and Nick Shanahan (160) each went 4-1 on the day, with Sprouse earning team MVP honors for the Trojans,
“Saxon looked good,” said Lewis. “He wrestled tough and his loss to General Brown (Justin Green) could have gone either way. It was late in the match and Saxon took a shot, but he got caught.
“Jason and Nick did really good jobs,” Lewis added. “Nate Crawford (140), Ryan Murray (189) and Joe Dunham (215) did good jobs as well.”
Murray was 3-2 on the day, Dunham 2-2 with two pins and Crawford was 2-3 against strong competition. Ben Chace posted a 3-2 mark at 152 with three pinfalls.
“As a team, we could have been 3-2,” said Lewis. “We were tired and wore down a bit for the last match against Baldwinsville. I thought we were pretty even with them during the day. They picked up some forfeits and quick pins against Clifton Fine in the match before us, so some of their guys were a little more rested. It still does not take away from our guys and their effort today.”




Groton bounces back with romp

GROTON — With three players hitting double figures, Groton High boys basketball bounced back with a vengeance Saturday.
The Indians exploded with 27 points in the third quarter and cruised to a 65-36 Interscholastic Athletic Conference crossover win against Odessa-Montour at Richard Court Gymnasium. Groton improves to 4-1 overall while sharing identical 2-1 IAC marks with their visitor.
“We had an unbelievable third quarter,” said Groton coach John Filzen. “We finished the first half strong as we used the final 33 seconds on the clock. We missed the initial shot, but Kyle Reed grabbed the rebound and scored to give us a ten-point lead. Combine that momentum and, the fact that Odessa traveled to Southern Cayuga the night before a little tired and came to our gym today, we were able to pull away.”
“We played a lot smarter today,” Filzen added. “We played good defense without fouling. The night before against Dryden, we got frustrated and starting reaching in and slapping which got us in foul trouble. We did not do that today.”
Leading 17-2 after the first quarter and 29-19 at the halftime break, Groton ran things to near perfection in the third quarter. Ethan Tilebein scored 13 of his 15 points in the quarter and Reed netted seven of his team-high 16 points during the same period and the Indians enjoyed a 27-9 run.
With heavy substituting in the fourth quarter, Groton still won the final quarter 9-8.
Kyle Yunger was the third Groton player in double figures with 11 points and he pulled down seven rebounds. Peter Jackson dished out five assists, but was held scoreless.
John Blaha was most of the Odessa-Montour offense as he netted 19 points with the next highest player at just five points.
Groton will now begin IAC Division III play Tuesday as the Indians host Marathon. JV action will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.