Harborcreek Wins Title; Falconer/CV Is Second
FALCONER — Due to Friday night’s inclement winter weather, several wrestling teams hoping to make the trip to Falconer for the Patrick J. Morales Tournament were unable to attend, but the loss did nothing to dampen the atmosphere on Saturday as Harborcreek was able to take home the team title with 204.5 points while the host Golden Cougars finished in second with 169.
Falconer/Cassadaga Valley was able to pick up four championship victories, while the Huskies finished with five and the Jamestown Red Raiders three.
“Somewhere around eight teams couldn’t make the trip, so we decided to go to a pool tournament,” said Falconer coach Drew Wilcox. “I thought that, under the circumstances, all the people kind of banded together, all the staff, we made it work. We maybe had one small mistake, so we’ll chalk that up as a good day. We really like having Harborcreek down. I think we won four or five team titles in a row and then they won last year and this year, so it makes for a little bit of a rivalry. We went down there and wrestled a dual meet. The coaches are great guys. (I) love their kids, they are super nice kids and it makes for a fun rivalry.”
While the team competition between the Golden Cougars and Huskies played out, it was an extremely tight match at 160 pounds which ended up deciding the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.
Falconer/Cassadaga Valley’s Dan Torres was able to improve to 41-1 on the year after handing Bryce Rowe of Westfield/Ripley/Chautauqua Lake his first loss of the season, avenging an earlier setback by virtue of a 1-0 decision which came via an escape with one minute remaining in the final period.
“That first match I kind of let him wrestle his match. I wasn’t really able to get my offense going at all,” Torres said of the first time he met Rowe this year. “I got my offense going a lot better than I did the other match, got a lot more movement on my feet and then I was able to ride him out the whole second period and then get that escape in the third.”
After the evening’s championship matches began at 126 pounds, it was Nick Saeger who was able to earn the hosts their first win of the night, fighting his way to a 7-2 decision over Clarion’s Cutter Boggess.
Saeger notched an early lead following a pair of takedowns, the second of which came after an adroit trip that sent Boggess to the mat for a 4-0 lead.
While some local wrestlers have yet to face the kind of competition present at the Morales tournament on Saturday, Saeger and the Golden Falcons are well-traveled.
“Wilcox takes us through (Pennsylvania), everywhere over the summer and throughout our season,” Saeger said. “This year we’ve already wrestled three (Pennsylvania) schools and everything so it’s just nice to be in the home gym and win it.”
Also earning titles for Falconer/Cassadaga Valley was Dylan Ingrao at 152 pounds, courtesy of a 6-4 decision over Alec English of Kane.
Despite starting the third period in the down position, Ingrao was able to pick up a pair of takedowns in the final two minutes of the match to seal the victory.
The final win of the night for the hosts came from Robbie Penhollow at 170 pounds, as the junior was able to pick up his 40th victory of the season after steamrolling Shane Watkins of Harborcreek in 32 seconds.
“I think Dan Torres and Dylan Ingrao are back to being Dan and Dylan. I think earlier in the year we were kind of changing our style a little bit — not wrestling how we did at the end of last year — but they are coming on strong right now,” Wilcox said of his team performance. “They’re wrestling their style and they’re controlling matches. I’m pleased with where they are at, but they have a lot of work ahead of them still.”
Cody Pool of Jamestown was able to pick up his 100th win after taking home the 113-pound title following a 9-2 decision over Logan Denher of Clarion.
The Red Raiders also had a strong showing from Seth MacTavish at 145 pounds, as the senior was able to improve to 25-3 with a 5-0 shutout of Derek Eklund of Westfield/Ripley/Chautauqua Lake.
“Last year I wrestled him at the STWOA tournament and I really don’t remember how that match went. I beat him, but I don’t know what the points were. I knew he was going to be tough. He looks a lot better this year, he’s one of my wrestling buddies, so I knew he was going to be tough,” said MacTavish. “When he chose bottom and I held him down the first thirty seconds, and I was successful throwing legs in, I expected to turn him which I kind of did at the side, but I didn’t get awarded any points.”
Rounding out the strong showing for the Red Raiders was Noah Turzillo at 220 pounds, where the senior was able to improve to 24-4 on the year after battling his way through a defensive showdown for a 2-1 decision over Tom Wurster of Clarion.
Jamestown’s Jomar Medero Montanez also grabbed fourth place at 132 pounds, Derrick Howser took sixth at 120 and Taylor Crofoot sixth at 99.
Finishing ninth in the team standings, the Maple Grove Red Dragons earned a pair of championships on Saturday, with Luke Tomlinson making easy work of his competition at 99 pounds.
The eighth-grader is now 30-2 on the year after earning one of two pins in the championship bouts, his a fall in 2:30 over Nick Ewan of Jamestown.
“I had a pretty good day. I pinned every kid that I had in the first period,” said Tomlinson. “I would like to thank my coach, (Mark) Hetrick. He’s helped me a lot with all the technique and stuff. I hope to make it to states and maybe place, that would be my biggest goal is to place.”
The other championship for Maple Grove came from Shane Hetrick, who was awarded the Greg Munksgard Memorial Award prior to the evening’s final bouts.
Hetrick, who has committed to wrestle for the United States Coast Guard Academy, was locked in a battle with Mike Gable of Harborcreek before prevailed via a 7-5 decision.
Southwestern’s championship win came at 182 pounds from Giuseppe Hoose, who was able to upend Zak Trim of Maple Grove on his way to a 7-2 decision victory.
At 132 pounds Matt Evans of Randolph was able to take home second place after Sam Sallot of Harbor Creek prevailed with a 9-1 decision.
Also making a finals appearance for the hosts was Corey Keefe at 195 pounds, where the senior fell to Lucas Folmar via major decision.
1. Harbor Creek-204.5, 2. Falconer/Cassadaga Valley-169, 3. Jamestown-120, 4. WRCL-109.5, 5. Kane-104.5, 6. Akron-100, 7. Clarion-89, 8. Southwestern-73, 9. Maple Grove-68.5, 10. Randolph-68, 11. Falconer 2-29.5, 12. Cheektowaga-29.
126: Nick Oosterkamp (HC) d. Joe Wright (COV), 3-1.
132: Sam Sallot (HC) md. Matt Evans (R), 9-1.
138: Nick Saeger (FCV) d. Cutter Boggess (CLA), 7-2.
145: Seth MacTavish (JAM) d. Derek Ecklund (WRCL), 5-0.
152: Dylan Ingrao (FCV) d. Alec English (KANE), 6-4.
160: Dan Torres (FCV) d. Bryce Rowe (WRCL), 1-0.
170: Robbie Penhollow (FCV) p. Shane Watkins (HC), 0:32.
182: Giuseppe Hoose (SW) d. Zak Trim (MG), 7-2.
195: Lucas Folmar (HC) md. Corey Keefe (FCV), 10-1.
220: Noah Turzillo (JAM) d. Tom Wurster (CLA), 2-1.
285: Collin Askins (HC) d. Nick Becker (R), 2-1.
99: Luke Tomlinson (MG) p. Nick Ewan (J), 2:30.
106: Joe Gabler (HC) md. Colby Simon (AK), 14-0.
113: Cody Pool (JAM) d. Logan Denher (CLA), 9-2.
120: Shane Hetrick (MG) d. Mike Gable (HC), 7-5.
INDIVIDUAL 3rd PLACE
126: Austin Bourgeois (WRCL) d. Tyler Le (CHEEK), 7-3.
132: Trey Hoyt (WRCL) d. Jomar Medero (JAM), 4-3.
138: Nate Asp (KANE) d. AJ McCants (AC), 4-3.
145: Austin Sliwinski (CHEEK) d. Frank Weber (CLA), 6-3.
152: Liam Fagan (AC) d. Ryler McMasters (CLA), 9-0.
160: Austin Hinzman (AC) win via default over TJ Bratt (HC).
170: Adam Sicher (KANE) p. Zach Johnson (SW), 0:47.
182: Teddy Race (KANE) p. Nick Bille (HC), 0:44.
195: Ty Sthli (KANE) d. Jacob Zachar (RAN), 3-2.
220: Dom Viscuso (HC) p. Ben Szymanowski(WRCL), 1:39.
285: Chase Johnson (FCV) p. Collin Beichner (FCV), 5:06.
99: Hunter Harris (WRCL) p. Bryden Newman (FCV), 1:18.
106: Garrett Swan (SW) d. Xander Hinds (RAN), 9-0.
113: Michael Carnes (SW) p. Garrett Luce (RAN), 0:58.
120: Brendon Ramsey (WRCL) d. Brandon Healy (KANE), 1-0.