December 15, 2008


Cortland rallies to take 3rd

WHITESBORO — After losing to eventual champion Copenhagen in the opening round, Cortland High wrestlers would not lose another match at the Ed Wadas Duals on Saturday.
The Purple Tigers finished in third place with a 4-1 record on the day in this field of 10 schools, as Copenhagen went unbeaten including a victory over Mexico to decide the team title. Copenhagen knocked off Cortland 36-27 in its first step towards the crown.
CHS recovered to beat Rome Free 53-9 in the second round, Watertown 49-16 in the third round and host Whitesboro 41-21 in the fourth round. In a crossover match to decide third place, the Purple Tigers handled Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 59-12 while getting six pins.
The loss to Copehagen was the critical moment for the Purple Tigers. “We had our chances. We were ahead in two matches that we lost and that made a difference,” said CHS coach Dave Darrow.
That match was back-and-forth until Copenhagen clinched things when 152-pounder Phillip Clarke came up with a pin with two seconds left in the first period in the next-to-last match to secure the victory. It was the fifth pin of the day for the eventual tournament winners.
Five Purple Tigers went unbeaten for the day, Jason DeGouff at 130 pounds, Dan Foster at 171 pounds and Josh Morehouse at heavyweight. DeGouff pinned three foes, Foster had two pins and Morehouse a pair of falls.
Foster opened the Copenhagen match with a first period pin, and when Morehouse won a 7-1 decision the Purple Tigers were up 9-6 after three matches. Copenhagen won six of the final 10 weight classes to pull away, the Pruple Tigers getting pins from Eric Reisweber at 119 and Corby Reynolds at 160.
Reisweber (4-1), Mike Gates (3-2), Reynolds (4-1) and Montana Sanders (3-2) all had successful days singled out by Coach Darrow, Sanders just becoming eligible and making his first appearance of the season.
“We wrestled better as a team. We’re getting better,” said Darrow, Cortland to face OHSL Freedom Division favorite Phoenix this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a dual match.
Trojans Fourth at Duals, Lewis Gets win No. 100
DEXTER — Homer Central wrestlers took fourth-place at the General Brown Duals after posting a 2-3 record. More importantly, Trojan head coach Jeff Lewis notched his 100th career win in his 10th season at helm. the milestone win came in round four of the tournament when the Trojans edged Bevar River 37-34. Lewis holds a career record of 101 wins and 65 losses.
Going 2-3 was the same record as Ogdensburg Free Academy, but OFA nipped the Trojans 36-34 in their match to claim the higher spot. Baldwinsville won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.
Homer lost to the tournament champs in the first round 52-12 before a round two loss to the host school 44-18. After the loss to Ogdensburg, the Trojans defeated Beaver River and edged Clifton Fine 33-29. For the season, the Trojans are now 8-10 overall.
“When you start her career, 100 wins is a long way away,” said Lewis. “It is a goal you do shoot for and I was able to do it because I had a lot of very good wrestlers to help me.
“It is a honor to coach these kids at Homer,” he continued. “I am excited about reaching 100 wins. It is a big milestone for me.”
Ryan Murray claimed Most outstanding Wrestler honors for Homer after posting a 3-2 record that included two pinfalls. Murray stuck Ethan Bonewell of Ogdensburg in 3:03 and followed by pinning Beaver River’s Jake Meyer in 3:36.
“Ryan wrestled tough all day,” said Lewis. “We had to bump him up to 215 for some matches and he held his own. The Clifton Fine kid (John Ebert) was really ripped and he is the real deal.”
As for the day, Lewis said, “We did alright. We wrestled well against two tough team in Baldwinsville and Genreal Brown. I was disappointed with our effort against Ogdensburg beacuse that was a match we should have won. We had a team meeting after that and we seemed to wrestled better the rest of the day.
“The win against Beaver River was huge,” Lewis continued. “It was our first win against them ever.”
Frank Davis went 3-1 for Homer while Saxon Sprouse was 2-1 on the day wafter missing two matches. Sprouse was feeling sick after his first two matcehs, but came on the mat to receive a forfeit at 140 points in the final match of the day.
Also turning in 3-2 records for the day were Ben McBride, Nate Crawford, Ben Chase and James Cochran.
“Ben Chace and Ben McBride both wreslted well during the day,” said Lewis. “We Benny (McBride) didn’t get pinned by Jsutin Wilrick, it was a big left for the team. Wildrick is vey tough.”
Homer heads to Marathon for a tri-meet with the Olympians and Deposit Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
AT MARATHON, Watertown IHC posted a 4-0 record to win team honors at the Marathon Duals on Satuday. The host Olympians went 2-3 to claimed seventh place while Groton won once in five matches to finish eighth in the nine-team field.