Tioga, Waverly have strong outings at IAC Championships
WATKINS GLEN - As expected, Newark Valley cruised to the team title here Saturday at the IAC wrestling championships, outdistancing runner-up Tioga by 50.5 points.
The Cardinals crowned four champs and had three runners-up in amassing 205.5 points, while the Tigers had two champs, two runners-up and three third-place finishers in tallying 155 points. Watkins Glen was third with 146.5 points, Whitney Point was fourth with 136 points and Waverly, which had one champ, two runners-up and a third-place finisher, was fifth with 110 points.
Tioga coach Josh Roe was pleased with his team's performance, despite what he viewed as a poor start to the day.
"If you had asked me this morning after rounds one and two, I would not have been a happy person. I didn't think we were in the fight very well.
"But, if you had told me this was where we would end up and these are our place-winners, I would have been very pleased," he said.
Likewise, Waverly coach Charlie Hughes was pleased with his team's efforts.
"Overall, we wrestled well. Our technique is getting better, we just need to increase our intensity."
Tioga senior Christian Richter and junior Dan Hosking earned the Tigers' two titles, while junior Ryan Wolcott was Waverly's lone champ.
Hosking, the top seed at 126 pounds, advanced to the finals with a 47-second pin of Moravia's Chris Caza, then beat Waverly sophomore Kacey Madigan, 10-1, to claim the title.
Richter, the second seed at 182 pounds, decked Marathon's Liam Chilson in 26 seconds in the quarterfinals, then manhandled third-seed James Knight of Whitney Point in a 15-3 major decision to advance to the finals.
In the title match, Richter knocked off top seed Justin Lovejoy of Newark Valley, 3-0.
"Richter and Hosking both avenged losing in the finals last year," said Roe. "They both got their first league titles - it was nice to see after coming so close last year.
"They continue to keep putting themselves in their best position - top.
"Christian used a dump he's been working on developing over the last few weeks," he said. "And, Danny penetrated on a nice double-leg, something that's been haunting him
"They both used techniques, got themselves in their best position and wrestled very smart, controlled matches," added Roe.
Wolcott, who was named "Most Outstanding Wrestler" in the upper weights, was the top seed at 220 pounds and decked O-M's Joe Wright in 36 seconds to advance to the finals.
In the finals, Wolcott topped Marathon's Dillon Hurlbert, a state qualifier at 220 last year, 3-1.
"I thought Ryan (Wolcott) wrestled an excellent match in the finals," said Hughes. "Like he always does, he stayed in great position. He creates scoring opportunities and when it's there, he scores.
"He really controlled that whole match. It was 3-1, but like most of his matches, it was a pretty dominating 3-1.
"He just has to continue to wrestle at that level," added Hughes. "You can wrestle like that all the way to a state championship."
Along with Madigan, Waverly also had Brandon Ellers fall in the finals, dropping a 4-0 decision to 160-pound top seed Derek Holcomb of Newark Valley.
Tioga sophomore John Noe lost a 10-0 major decision to O-M standout Joe Rorick in the 106-pound title match, while his teammate freshman Jesse Manuel lost an 18-4 major decision to defending state champ Connor Lapresi of Lansing in the 138-pound championship bout.
Waverly senior Austyn Bostwick, who dropped a 6-3 decision to Manuel in the semifinals, registered a pair of pins to wrestle back for third place.
Tioga junior Zach Kelsey, the second seed at 285 pounds, was pinned by eventual runner-up Andrew Gillette of Marathon in the semis, but bounced back with two pins for third place.
Fellow junior Kaleb Stone, the third seed at 120, was pinned in the semis by eventual champion Sean Ballard of Whitney Point, but bounced back with a 10-4 decision of Newark Valley's Devon Kalpokas and a 2-0 win over top-seed Cole Ford of Newark Valley in the consolation finals to finish in third place.
Junior Luke Hoose had an even tougher journey to his third-place finish after being upset by Dryden's Eric Havington on a "self pin" in the quarterfinals. Hoose reeled off three straight wins, including a 4-2 win over second seed John Wasson of Watkins Glen and a 5-0 win in a rematch with Havington in the consolation finals.
Other place-winners for Tioga were Dustin Elston, who finished fourth at 132 pounds, Mike Melella, who was fifth at 195 pounds, Adam Perry, who was sixth at 145 pounds, and Brad Jump, who was sixth at 160 pounds,
For Waverly, Jon Bidlack was fifth at 113 pounds, Zach Saxon was fifth at 138 pounds, and Jeff Klossner was sixth at 195 pounds.
Tioga is back in action Saturday at Lansing in the Section IV, Class C championships, while Waverly hosts the Class B championships.