December 16, 2010


Freshmen step up as Marathon wins twice

MARATHON — Marathon Central wrestlers battled a pair of Interscholastic Athletic Conference foes and some illnesses to post two wins Wednesday night at Appleby Elementary School.
With the help of freshmen Kenny Pixley and Dylan Ingrahm, the Olympians defeated Odessa-Montour 40-28 and edged Candor 44-42.
In another IAC match, Dryden dropped Southern Springs 40-28, Lansing beat Watkins Glen 59-18 and Newark Valley flattened Whitney Point 69-18.
“It was the night of our ninth-grade kids coming up big,” Marathon coach Jamie Bush said. “A few kids from both teams were not feeling well, but pulled through to get their teams wins. As a team we wrestled well enough to win, but we are still making it hard on ourselves at times. Practice will not be fun tomorrow and the kids know why.”
Marathon 40, Odessa-Montour 28: Pixley was filling in for Tim Larkin at 135 pounds, who was home sick, and picked up two big wins. He pinned Odessa-Montour’s Keith VanEtten in 1:22 for six crucial points when the Olympians were clinging to a 28-16 lead to improve the margin to 33-16.
“Kenny stepped it up tonight for us,” Bush said of Pixley. “It was a match I thought we needed and he got us six. Tim was home with the flu.”
Ingrahm opened the match winning by fall at 171. The Olympians then got forfeit victories from Dillon Hurlbert (215) and Christian Seyerle (285) before Lucas Malmberg (96) pinned Tyler Dupuy in 44 seconds to build a 24-6 lead. Tyler Hall added a majority decision triumph at 125 for the 28-16 cushion before Pixley’s win.
Odessa-Montour could still tie the match with any combination of pins and forfeits in the final three matches and were two-thirds of the way there. Marathon’s Jimmy McGill picked up a forfeit in the final 152-pound bout to keep the Olympians on top.
Marathon 44, Candor 42: Ingrahm pinned Joe O’Konsky of Candor in 58 seconds in the final bout of the evening to lift Marathon to the 44-42 triumph.
This was a match that saw a total of 10 forfeits, a 6-4 edge (a 36-24 point difference) for the Olympians. Toss in pins for Candor at 215 and 140 and Marathon led 38-36 on the strength of Seyerle’s 7-3 decision over Tyler Hallett at 285, the third match in this contest. The odd point was the result of a one-point team-scoring deduction assessed against Marathon for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Candor trailed 36-38 after Austen Holochak pinned Jimmy McGill in their 152-pound bout, but took the lead on their final forfeit at 160. That set the stage for Ingrahm’s dramatic pinfall victory at 171.
“Candor was a bit of a surprise to some of our kids and it showed, but we pulled it out in the end,” Bush stated. “Dylan Ingrahm finished off the win with a pin and team victory. He knew going in that he had to pin or technical fall for us to win. A tie and we would have lost on criteria, because one of our veterans threw his headgear. Again, practice will not be fun as this is not how Marathon wrestlers are going to act at home or on the road.
“Dylan is an explosive wrestler and as a ninth-grader loves the challenge of wrestling older kids,” he continued. “He is 8-4 on the season and looking to make a name for himself.”
Marathon will be back in action this Saturday. The Olympians travel to Walton Central School to compete in the Cuneen-Doane Tournament. Wrestling will start 10 a.m.
Dryden 40, Southern Springs 28: John Varvayanis (140), James Gleason (145), Mike Sickmon (112) and Jeremy Andrews (135) scored pins for the victorious Purple Lions. Casey Marquis added a majority decision at 160 while Josh Sanchez (215) and Kraig Parker (285) received forfeits.


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