December 11, 2008


Competitive Trojans fall short


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Nate Crawford pins Cazenovia’s Will Eilers in the second period in their 152 pound match last night. Visitng Cazenovia escaped with 39-25 OHSL Liberty victory.

The lower half of the Homer Central wrestling line-up got the points, but all the guys battled hard on the home mats Wednesday night.
The Trojans came close, but visiting Cazenovia held on to a 39-25 OHSL Liberty Division victory.
With 12 points coming for forfeits, the Lakers (2-0 Liberty, 4-2 overall) only won the contested matches by a 27-25, a sign that the Trojans were very competitive.
“I was very proud of the guys,” said Homer coach Jeff Lewis. “We were nearly even in the contested matches. There were a couple of matches I thought we might win but didn’t, and there were a couple of matches that Cazenovia thought they would win and didn’t. All in all, it was a good night. A win was the only thing we were missing.”
Ryan Murray got the Trojans (0-2, 6-7) off to a good start. The junior was bumped up to wrestle at 215 pounds and he came away with an 11-3 decision over Clancy Kemp to get Homer on the board first.
“Ryan did a nice job,” said Lewis. “He was able to take control early in the match and kept in control much of the way.”
As the action swung back to the lightweights, Cazenovia took control with three pins and one decision, plus forfeit wins at 112 and 119. A tough loss was suffered by Ben McBride at 125 when the junior was pinned at the 5:12 mark by Teddy Kugler.
The decision was a 7-1 setback suffered by Frank Davis to Laker Noah Shephard at 135, but Lewis was impressed with the tenacity of his sophomore.
“Frank wrestled one of his best matches,” said Lewis. “He was down, but never gave up and kept battling back.”
The Trojans made a run of their own starting at 140 pounds, but most of the wins were by decision, so the team points were less.
Saxon Sprouse started a 15-point run with a narrow 3-2 decision over Adam Lockwood at 140 and Ben Chace followed with a 12-8 decision over Dylan Perry at 145. At 152, Nate Crawford recorded the second fall for a Trojan grappler. Crawford stuck Will Eilers at the 3:59 mark. James Cochran followed with a narrow 8-7 decision over Phil Kugler at 160 as the Trojans closed the deficit to 33-19.
With the team win decided, Cazenovia and Homer traded pins in the final two matches. Shane Davis got the Trojans six points by sticking Cody Foster at the 2:59 mark of their bout at 189 pounds, the final match of the night.
Homer will return to the mat Saturday as the varsity team travels to the General Brown Duals, which get underway at 9:30 a.m. The Trojan jayvee wrestlers will head to Cicero-North Syracuse High School Saturday for the Blindman’s Tournament that starts at 9 a.m.
IN IAC ACTION, Groton won its match at Union Springs with a pinfall victory by Joe Martin at 171 pounds in the final bout of the night. After Martin stuck Bruce Gilfus at the 4:40 mark, Groton emrged with the 36-33 triumph over the host Wolves.
The Indians also got pinfalls from Dave Reap (125), Matt Hinman (152) and Tyler Robinson (160) while Brian Bartos (112) and Jesse Miller (130) received forfeit victories.
—Marathon posted its match with Spencer-Van Etten. The Olympians will host their annual dual-meet tournament Saturday. Since S-VE is one of the teams in the tourney, both coaches agreed that they would wrestle each other in the tournament and that match would also count as their league match.