December 21, 2009


Trojans keep on rolling

SOLVAY — Coach Jeff Lewis could not have received a better Christmas present from his Homer Central wrestlers on Saturday.
In their final tournament competition before the holiday break, the Trojans went an unbeaten 4-0 at the West End Duals hosted by Solvay High School to capture their second tournament title of the season. Homer defeated LaFayette 69-3, Poland 78-6, Solvay 54-15 and West Genesee 36-24 to take the crown.
Homer has now won 16 straight matches since losing to Ithaca in the first round of the Cortland Duals back on Nov. 28. The Trojans, who finished second at Cortland and won the Chittenango Duals, now boast a stellar 16-1 record on the season.
The Trojans are just two wins away from matching the all-time wins record for one season, 18, set by the 2002-03 Homer squad. That team included seniors Nick Sweeney and Pat O’Dell, juniors Brock Catalano and Blaze Sanders, sophomores Toby Reese and Brent Rumsey, plus freshmen Zach Burhans and David Dunham among others.
“It’s really sweet,” Lewis said. “This is just such a good mix. The young guys keep learning and getting better each week. The older guys are stepping and doing what is needed to get the wins.
“Mark Dove, Eric Metzgar and Nick Petrie put in a great effort and have so much enthusiasm for young guys,” he added. “Nate Crawford has some real good matches Saturday. He wrestled very tough. Benny McBride also did a very nice job.”
Crawford went 4-0 with two more pins to up his season record to 17-0 with nine pins. His effort Saturday earned the senior the team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.
McBride (13-4) also went 4-0 with two pins at 135-140, as did Carter O’Gorman (16-1) at 215. Smaller perfect days were turned in by Matt DeWitt (103), Frank Davis (145) and Mark Dove (145), who each went 2-0. Hugh Kiernan (119), Petrie (130), James Cochran (171) and Ryan Murray (189) each went 3-1. Murray has a solid 13-3 mark this season with Cochran improving to 12-4 and McCall now 11-5.
Homer will return to action after the holiday break, traveling to the General Brown Duals on Jan. 2.