Waverly's Wolcott falls in state finals
ALBANY, N.Y. - Waverly's Ryan Wolcott pinned his way into the finals of the 2013 Division II State Wrestling Championships, but his impressive run finally came to an end Saturday evening with a 1-0 loss to Hornell's Zach Bacon in a hard-fought 220-pound title bought.
"Bacon was ranked number one in the state all year and Ryan was chasing him," said Waverly coach Charlie Hughes.
Bacon proved he was deserving of the overall number one ranking in the state (Division I and II combined), making a second-period escape hold up for the win.
Wolcott came in with a 37-0 record and was looking for his 170th career victory, but was unable to break the Section V wrestler's ride-out in the third period.
"Tonight he just wasn't able to get the points that he needed," said Hughes. "You've got to be able to get that point when you need it. The stand-up is really crucial."
"I didn't wrestle the way I usually do," said Wolcott, who was obviously disappointed and felt he didn't wrestle the way he wanted to.
Wolcott was the more aggressive wrestler at the onset of the match, pushing Bacon near the edge early on while trying to set up a takedown.
Bacon would work himself free with 1:40 left in the second period for a 1-0 edge, then did just enough on top over the final two minutes to prevent himself from being called for stalling.
"He had a pretty good ankle hook and they (the referees) let it go a long time," said Hughes. "You have to deal with those situations. You can't rely on a call that's going to help you. You have to out-wrestle the situation."
Bacon finished his career with a 153-26 career record, including a 45-0 mark this season.
Wolcott, meanwhile, will be back next year.
"There's nothing to be ashamed of," said Hughes. "You lose in the state finals by a point. He's accomplished a lot this year."