December 20, 2007


Watkins Glen handles Dryden


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden’s Kory Olson (right) goes for a takedown against Watkins Glen’s Adam Huey during the 140 pound weight class match. Huey won via third period pin Wednesday in Dryden.

DRYDEN — Victories by the big three wrestlers in the upper weight classes was not enough for Dryden High Wednesday.
Watkins Glen came to town and posted a solid 48-21 Interscholastic Athletic Conference win as the Purple Lions dip to 5-4 overall.
In other IAC mat action, Trumansburg pinned Odessa-Montour 51-28, Waverly downed Newark Valley 38-24 and Tioga flattened Elmira Heights Edison 69-6. The match between Groton and Union Springs was postponed to a future date because Union Springs only has three eligible wrestlers at this time.
Watkins Glen 48, Dryden 21: “To be perfectly honest, the team looked kind of flat,” said Dryden coach Baldo Bustamante. “Believe me, our guys wrestle much better than the score of the match indicates.” 
Levi Relyea got Dryden off on the right foot by posting a 12-8 decision over Sam Ventra in the opening match at 152 pounds. After a Watkins Glen pin at 160, Bryon Pyle improved to 12-1 on the season with 10 pins by sticking D.J. Locke in one minute at 171. 
The Purple Lion lead grew to 21-6 as Nick Wixon received a forfeit at 189 and Tony Clarke remains undefeated with a pin over Brandon Persh in 1:45 at 215 pounds. Wixom is no 9-1 on the season while Clarke stands at 11-0 with eight pins.
Watkins Glen won the next seven bouts, five by pins and two forfeits, to rally and grab the team win. There was no match at 145 pounds.
Dryden High is scheduled to return to action Friday against visiting Union Springs at 7 p.m. It will be Alumni Night and all former Dryden Wrestlers and coaches are welcome. There will be a reception following the match.






Trojans capture first win

SYRACUSE — Using the strength of the lower weight classes, Homer Central notched its first OHSL Freedom Division wrestling win as the visiting Trojans edged Fowler High 36-27 Wednesday.
Homer is 1-2 in division matches and 3-5 overall while Fowler falls to 0-2, 1-2 overall.
Fowler picked up nine points with a forfeit win at 103 points and decision at 112 pounds, but Homer countered by taking the next four matches, three by pins.
Ben McBride recorded his fifth win of the season as the sophomore pinned Vin Done in 54 seconds at 119. T.J. Casterline followed by sticking his opponent, Abu Bility, at the 1:09 mark of their bout at 125. Jason Rogers improved to 5-2 with a 7-6 decision over Zack Merwin at 130 and Saxon Sprouse upped his record to 8-2 by pinning Kenny Hayden in 43 seconds at 135.
Fowler evened the score at 21-21 with decisions at 140 and 145, plus a pin at 152.
Nick Shanahan, Ryne Austin and Ryan Murray sealed the Trojan victory. Shanahan (6-4) posted a 5-0 decision over Walter Calhoon at 160 to give the Trojans the lead for good. Austin scored his third win of the season with a pinfall over Raysean Mason at the 2:26 mark of their match at 171 and Murray notched his fifth win by sticking Quinn DelPalmer in 1:38 at 189 for a 36-21 Trojan advantage.
The Falcons did win the 215-pound match by fall for six points.
Homer will return to action Dec. 28-29 at the Windsor Holiday Tournament.


Cortlander Dawson lands Oneonta post

ONEONTA — Aimee Dawson has a new job, the Cortland High graduate named the head track and field coach at SUNY Oneonta.
Athletic Director Tracey Ranieri announced the hiring of Dawson, who replaces Mike Schmidt — who left the school in October to become the coach at the University of Redlands.
Dawson will begin her duties on Jan. 2, 2008.
“We are excited to have Aimee join our athletic departement staff. Her knowledge and experience as a Division III student athlete at the highest level and her extensive coaching knowledge will continue a tradition of excellence that we have enjoyed since our track and field program was revitalized only eight years ago” said Ranieri. “ Matt LoPiccolo, our current head cross country coach started our program and has been the vision behind our growth.  He will be Aimee¹s biggest supporter and I have no doubt they will make a great team.”
Former CHS track standout Dawson has extensive experience at the Division I and III levels as both a head coach and assistant.
Prior to 2006, she spent two years as an assistant at Division I Valparaiso where she worked primarily with jumpers, hurdlers and sprinters. During her tenure, her athletes earned top-5 finishes in the Mid-Continent Conference championship meets while also setting school records in multiple events.
From 2000-03 Dawson was the head cross country and women’s track & field coach at Jasonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She was the school’s first women¹s track & field coach and, while there, she coached two conference runner-ups in the 200 and 400 meters and three All-Atlantic Sun Conference performers.
Prior to Jacksonville State, Dawson was an assistant for two years at Indiana State University and one year at Hartwick College on Oneonta. While at Hartwick in 1998 she coached the NCAA Division III national champion in the high jump.
Most recently, Dawson was the head coach at Tenino High School in Seattle, Washington.
A 1997 graduate of Geneseo, Dawson was a four-year member of the track team where she excelled as an all-conference and NCAA student-athlete participant. She competed in multiple events including the high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin and heptathlon.