Waverly crowns a trio of champs
WAVERLY, N.Y. - Waverly crowned a trio of champs - senior Austyn Bostwick and juniors Ryan Wolcott and Brandon Ellers - to finish third here Saturday in the Section IV, Class B wrestling championships.
Bostwick, the second seed at 138 pounds, avenged a loss earlier this season by controlling M-E's Zak Garrehy, 12-3, in the finals to claim his title, while Wolcott and Ellers - both top seeds - won via pin falls in their title matches.
Maine-Endwell claimed the team title with 162.5 points, while Whitney Point was runner-up with 147.5 points and Waverly followed with 140.5 points. Oneonta was fourth with 125.5 points, followed by Windsor with 123.5, Susquehanna Valley with 116.5 and Chenango Valley with 114 points.
The Wolverines also picked up four third-place finishes by sophomores Kacey Madigan, Jeff Klossner and Zach Saxon and junior Jordon Huck, as well as a fourth-place finish by junior Jon Bidlack, a fifth-place finish by sophomore Joey Peters and a sixth-place finish by sophomore Zach Gingerich.
Waverly coach Charlie Hughes was impressed with his trio of champs and with his team as a whole.
"Our kids wrestled very well in the finals. They all wrestled aggressively, but under control.
"Austyn (Bostwick) dictated the tempo right off the bat and I think that made a big difference," said Hughes. "He looks like he's right where he needs to be at this point in the season.
"Brandon (Ellers) wrestled well. He got caught backing up a little, but once he got rolling, he did very well.
"Ryan (Wolcott) just looks like he's on a mission right now," said Hughes. "You can see it in the look on his face. He was ready to go and he just dominated today.
"I thought our whole team wrestled well today.
"We've had some individuals who haven't had the best of seasons, but today they placed in the top six - Jordon Huck and Zach Saxon both finished third," he said.
"The kids wrestled well, but that's what we train for - to be ready at this point in the season," added Hughes.
Bostwick opened the day with a 16-0 technical fall win over Seth Swindler, then advanced to the finals with a pin of Chenango Valley's Steve Alward in 3:17.
In the finals, Bostwick recorded a quick take down and turned Garrehy to his back for a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period. Bostwick upped his lead to 7-0 with an immediate reversal to open the second period.
Garrehy caught Bostwick and put him on his back midway through the second period to cut the lead to 7-3.
Late in the third period, Bostwick added another five-point move to secure a 12-3 decision.
Ellers pinned his way to the 160-pound crown. He opened with a fall of Sean Kilker in 3:27, then pinned Tyler Andrews of Dryden in 5:52.
In the finals, Ellers decked Oneonta's Kirkland Dolan in 5:03. He dominated the match prior to the pin fall, building a 10-2 lead.
Wolcott took the first step toward his third consecutive Section IV title with a pair of pins to win the 220-pound title. He spent less than two minutes on the mat in picking up third career Class B title.
He opened the day with a pin of Norwich's Jared Wilber in 62 seconds, then claimed the title by flattening second seed Teddy Storti of Susquehanna Valley in 39 seconds.
Wolcott improves to 30-0 on the season.
Madigan, at 126 pounds, Saxon, at 138, and Klossner, at 195, all went 3-1 en route to their third-place finish and Huck, at 182, was 2-1.
Madigan, the third seed, advanced to the semis with a pin of Oneonta's Dalton Ormsby in 1:51, but dropped a 7-5 decision to Maine-Endwell's Brady Winiewski to fall into the consolation bracket.
He beat Windsor's Nate Kennedy, 5-0, in the consolation semis, then edged Owego's Devon Horton, 1-0, thanks to a stalling call with 37 seconds remaining in the bout.
Saxon, Waverly's second entry at 138 pounds, pinned Oneonta's Billy Thomas in 3:17 in his first bout, but was pinned by Garrehy in the semis.
In the wrestlebacks, Saxon decisioned Gabe Zakrajsek of Windsor, 7-4, then pinned Thomas again in the third-place match in 3:10.
Klossner, the third seed at 195, pinned Oneonta's Jason Yung in 60 seconds in his first match, but then dropped a 10-2 major decision to second seed Andrew Barnhart of Whitney Point to fall into the consolation bracket.
Klossner bounced back with a 13-6 win over Dustin Chilson of Owego and a 5-2 win over Garrett Riegel of Windsor to finish third.
Huck, at 182 pounds, lost his first bout, a 67-second pin fall at the hands of Oneonta's Thomas Fischer, but responded with a 12-5 decision of Sus. Valley's Tristan Roche, then avenged his loss to Fischer by pinning him in 3:53 in the third-place match.
Bidlack went 2-2 on the day to finish fourth, while Peters was 3-2 to finish fifth and Gingerich was 1-3 in his sixth-place finish.
Waverly is back in action next weekend at the Section IV wrestling championships at the Broome County Arena.