December 17, 2009
Groton picks up pair of wins on Marathon mats
MARATHON — Groton Central emerged as the best team during an Interscholastic Athletic Conference double-dual wrestling meet host by Marathon Wednesday night.
The Indians defeated Trumansburg 48-12 and Marathon 44-15. The Olympians prevailed in their match with Trumansburg by a 54-15 count.
“We are young and going through growing pains, but we are all learning as we go,” Marathon coach Jamie Bush said. “We looked good against T-burg, but showed our lack of varsity mat time against Groton.”
Groton 44, Marathon 15: Marathon built a 9-0 lead as Lucas Malmberg picked up a forfeit at 103 and Sheldon Thompson scored a 14-10 decision over Kyle Brown.
All the momentum swung with the 125-pound bout. Groton’s Zach Adams won a narrow 10-9 decision over Tyler Hall, but there was some question as to three crucial back points.
“When we got to Groton, things went bad at 125 and just snowballed from there,” Bush said. “Tyler Hall and I thought the official had called back points on our move, but he saw it the other way and was calling back points against Tyler. We thought we had won, but lost by one. From there on we lost all the momentum we had going into the match.
“Groton has a nice team,” he added. “Coach Tim LaFrance and Marty Conner have done a nice job with their team. They are the team to beat this season in IAC Division II.”
With Adams getting the win, Groton ran off five straight wins and claimed nine of the 10 bouts. Jessie Miller (130) won by pinfall as did Andrew Burlingame (135). Terrell Williams got a forfeit at 140 and Cal Conner won by technical fall at 145.
The only other Marathon win at at 152. Jack McClure won by forfeit, but the Indians won the rest of the matches.
Matt Hinman (160), Dominic Domattio (171), Tyler Robinson (189) and Kyle Reed (215) posted the Groton victories.
Groton 48, Trumansburg 12: There were just five contested matches between the Indians and the Blue Raiders, Groton won three of the five.
Burlingame pinned Russell Limber at 135 and Williams won by pinfall at 140. Reed was the third winner as he struck David Harris at the end of the first period.
The other 30 Groton team points came off forfeits at 103, 125, 130, 145 and 160.
Marathon 54, Trumansburg 15: It was a similar situation between Marathon and Trumansburg. The Olympians received forfeits at 103, 112, 125, 130, 145 and 160.
Jack McClure picked up a win at 152 for the Olympians when he pinned Justin Greene at the 2:23 mark. Scott Spence scored a pinfall for Marathon at 171 over Conner Jones at the 2:30 mark and Dillon Hurlbert stuck David Harris at the 2:27 mark of their 215-pound match.
Marathon will be back in action Saturday at the Cuneen-Doane Tournament at Walton High School . Action on the mat begins at 10:30 a.m.
Groton is not scheduled to compete again until the New Year. The Indians will compete in the Odessa-Montour Tournament Jan. 2, 2010.
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