Tioga advances 10 to next round
LANSING - Tioga failed to crown a champion here Saturday at the Class C tournament, but finished fourth in the team standings and will advance 10 to next weekend's Section IV Championships at the Broome County Arena.
The Tigers had a trio of second-place finishers in freshman Jesse Manuel and sophomores Zach Kelsey and Kaleb Stone and also had three third-place finishers on the day in junior Mike Melella and sophomores John Noe and Kaleb Stone.
Christian Richter finished fourth for the Tigers, while juniors Dan Hosking, Dustin Elston and Luke Hoose finished fifth.
Powerhouse Greene claimed the team title with 212 points, with Sidney second at 175.5 points and Deposit-Hancock third at 171 points. Tioga tallied 165.5 points to edge out BGA, which amassed 165 points, for fourth place. Watkins Glen was sixth with 158.5 points and Unatego was seventh with 151 points.
Manuel, the third seed at 138 pounds, notched a pin over Watkins Glen's Tim Carnes to advance to the semis, where he knocked off second seed Justin Cirigliano of BGA, 4-2.
In the finals, Manuel faced defending state champion Connor Lapresi of Lansing. Lapresi claimed the title with a pin fall at 4:30. Last week, Manuel dropped an 18-4 decision to Lapresi in the final of the IAC Championships.
Stone, the top seed at 120, pinned Unatego's Jessie Coleman in 1:14 to advance to the semis, where he earned a hard-fought, 4-3, decision over BGA's Ben Bivar.
In the finals, third seed Coby Hall of Deposit-Hancock knocked off Stone, 7-2.
Kelsey, the second seed at 285, received a bye into the semis, where he forged a 13-4 major decision over B-G / A's Shane Curtain.
In the finals, Stone was pinned by Sidney's Austin Dean in 1:28.
Noe, the third seed at 106, lost a 4-2 overtime decision to B-G / A's Chris Cirigliano in the semifinals, but bounced back to pin Edison's Matt Smith at 2:38 in the consolation finals.
Jump, the fourth seed at 160, pinned his way into the semis, but dropped was the victim of a 15-0 technical fall to top seed Mike Beckwith of Greene. In the consolation finals, Jump knocked off Watkins Glen freshman Ian Chedzoy, 7-2.
Melella, the second seed at 195, received a bye into the semis, where he was pinned by Kai Sabada of Sidney in 1:28. He bounced back with a pair of wins, including a 9-4 win over Jeff Pornbeck in the consolation finals.
Richter, the third seed at 182, registered a first-period pin to move into the semis, but second seed Joel Roselle of Greene sent him to the consolation bracket with a pin fall victory in 4:43. He notched another pin to advance to the consolation final, where he dropped a 5-3 decision to Riley Hanrahan of Unatego.
Hosking went 3-2, including a 16-0 technical fall of Bennie Kinney of Greene in the 126-pound fifth-place match.
Elston also went 3-2 at 132 pounds. He notched a 4-1 decision of Trevor Stiles of Deposit / Hancock in the fifth-sixth place match.
Luke Hoose went 1-2 at 152 pounds and received a forfeit in the fifth-sixth place match.
Bryon Robinson went 2-3 to finish sixth at 220 pounds.