December 23, 2008


Forfeits help Groton get win at Marathon

MARATHON — Helped out by six forfeits, Groton Central wrestlers came away with a 39-27 victory at Marathon Central in Monday’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference match-up.
In the six matches that made it to the mats in Marathon, the host Olympians captured five victories. Those included pin victories by Tyler Hall at 112 pounds, Shawn Neville at 145 pounds, Jeremy Byron at 189 pounds and Dustin Mejean at heavyweight.
Groton’s Matt Hinman picked up an 8-2 decision victory a 160 pounds, while the wildest match of the evening came at 171 pounds where Troy Reynolds of Marathon pulled out a 14-12 decision over Tyler Robins.
“I was glad to wrestle as many matches as possible tonight, as both coaches moved their kids around to wrestle,” said Marathon coach Jamie Bush, which was not the case in a 34-24 loss to Odessa-Montour last Wednesday. “We lost on forfeits, but we got as many kids matches as we could and that makes all the kids better on both teams. Groton has a young team and fills weight classes and should win some matches this year. “
Marathon team captain Hall opened the match with a 58-second pin at 112 pounds. “Tyler is starting to get into last years form and the Christmas break will give him and the team some much needed practice time,” said Coach Bush, Hall now 8-3 in matches at 112 and 119. “The weather has made it tough to work on anything other than conditioning.”
Groton won four consecutive matches by forfeit before Neville (8-4) came up with a first period pin at 145 for the Olympians.
Groton clinched things with another forfeit victory and Hinman’s victory before Marathon took the final three matches starting with Reynolds victory. Byron’s pin at 189 came in the first period, the senior first-year wrestler improving to 5-4, while Mejean improved to 10-3 with a fall at 2:12 of his heavyweight match.
Marathon will be back in action after the break on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Southern Cayuga. Groton will be at the Odessa-Montour Duals on Saturday, Jan. 3.
In other matches on Monday, Lansing handled Candor 55-6 and Tioga trimmed trimmed host Newark Valley 33-30. Odessa-Montour dropped a 63-6 non-league outing at Ithaca High.