December 24, 2012
Trojans enjoy trip to tourney
WALTON — Homer Central wrestling coach Jeff Lewis made a late decision to take his Trojans into action Saturday at the Cuneen-Doean Tournament hosted by Walton High School, and it turned out to be a successful choice.
Isaac Cline, Matt Norris, Nick Petrie and Eric Metzger each reached the championship finals. while seven teammates were involved in the consolation finals, to guide the Trojans to the team title with 248.5 points. Sidney was a distance second with 203 points and Morrisville-Eaton claimed third place with 153.5 points in a field of 13 schools.
Cline, Norris and Metzger took home championships, as Petrie settled for runner-up honors when the day was done.
“All the guys wrestled well,” Lewis said. “The guys all really went after it. We even took some younger guys to get some varsity match experience and they did well.”
Cline went 3-0 with all three victories by pins. The freshman stuck Morrisville-Eaton’s Seth Newman at the 3:27 mark of their 99-pound title tilt. Cline is now 15-1 this season with nine pins.
Norris continued his success at 138 pounds by going 3-0 with a pair of pins. The unbeaten junior (16-0) posted a hard-fought 7-6 decision over Tyler Olson from Unadilla Valley in his title match.
Metzger claimed the 160-pound crown with a 3-0 mark. The senior won all three matches by fall including a 5:35 sticking of Sidney’s Nick Jump in the finals. Metzger is also a perfect 16-0 with 14 pins to date.
Petrie lost by pin to Whitney Point’s Jordan Torbitt in the championship at 152 ponds to finish the day at 4-1, improving to 15-3 for the season.
Posting third-place finishes were Cameron Cronk (106, 2-1 record), Matt DeWitt (145, 4-1), Dakota O’Gorman (170, 3-1) and Mark Dove (182, 3-1). Fourth-place honors were earned by Collin Baker (113, 4-1), Drew Becker (160, 3-2) and David Kiernan (220, 2-2) — Becker among those youngsters getting his first tournament experience.
It was DeWitt’s best tournament outing as Coach Lewis stated “Matt looked like the old Matt of two years ago. It was a great day for him.”
Dylan Hotchkiss posted a 2-2 mark at 195 pounds, but did not place. As for the other younger guys, Tim Russell went 3-2 at 152, Mark Currie was 0-2 at 170 and Brent Bishop was 1-2 at 182 in their first varsity skirmishes.
Homer will return to action Friday and Saturday, traveling to Dolgeville to compete in the Adirondack Duals. There will be four matches each day for the Trojans.
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