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Eagles’ Joslyn, Trojans’ Tavio Hoose Start Title Defenses Strong

Eagles' senior Jordan Joslyn eyes the scoreboard as he works to a 16-0 technical fall victory in the quarterfinals at 138 pounds. P-J photo by Tim Walters

ALBANY — Local reigning state champions Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer senior Jordan Joslyn and Southwestern sophomore Tavio Hoose took the first step to repeating as champions in the prequarterfinals.

While Southwestern sophomore Carmine Calimeri and Randolph junior Caden Inkley secured big wins at 131 and 152 pounds, respectively.

PREQUARTERFINALS

138 pounds

Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer senior Jordan Joslyn won the state title last year and his goal this season is to get back on top of the podium.

Southwestern senior Neves Hoose looks to take his quarterfinal opponent to the mat at 170 pounds. P-J photo by Tim Walters

The 2-seeded Joslyn took his first step toward a repeat with a dominant 16-0 technical fall victory over No. 15 Justin Dvorak of Section VIII’s Locust Valley. Joslyn worked Dvorak to five near falls to end the match early in the second round and will now move on to the quarterfinals.

Joslyn next wrestles No. 7 Jacob McVige of Section V’s Honeoye Falls-Lima in the quarterfinals.

131 pounds

Southwestern sophomore Carmine Calimeri lived up to his billing as the No. 2 at 131 pounds as he earned a second round pin over No. 18 Kenan Djokic of Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy in the PSAL. Calimeri took a 5-2 lead into the second round and then jumped to a 11-3 lead before finishing with a pin.

Calimeri wrestles No. 7 Zach Rooks of Section V’s Palmyra Macedon in the quarterfinals.

Randolph junior Caden Inkley gets under his quarterfinal opponent at 152 pounds. P-J photo by Tim Walters

Southwestern teammate Kenji Walters, also coming out of the 131-pound bracket, dropped his prequarterfinal matchup after securing a first-round pin.

Walters worked toward a scoreless first period against No. 6 Scott Nicolella of Section II’s Duanesburg Schoharie, but after an escape to go up 1-0 it was all Nicolella as finished out an 8-2 decision.

152 pounds

Randolph junior Caden Inkley’s debut at the state tournament was one to remember, as the 8-seeded Inkley dominated No. 9 Justin Gonzalez of Section VIII Clarke to a 14-3 major decision. Inkley’s true test will come in the quarterfinals as he advances to wrestle No. 1 Caden Bellis of Section IV Tioga, the 2023 138-pound state champion.

Gowanda/Pine Valley’s Michael Horth was relegated to the consolation bracket with a prequartefinal pin by No. 6 Waylan Winseman of Section V’s Honeoye Falls-Lima with 39 seconds left in the second round.

Maple Grove's Matt Trim controls his quarterfinal opponent at 215 pounds. P-J photo by Tim Walters

170 pounds

Southwestern senior Neves Hoose rallied in the third period of his prequarterfinal matchup, defeating No. 11 Mark Winchell of Section IV’s Maine-Endwell 13-7. Hoose controlled the first period, but a late reversal and near fall from Winchell set back Hoose 5-2. Hoose got back on track in the second period and finished strong in the third for a 13-7 decision.

The Southwestern senior will battle No. 3 Charles Foster of Section III’s Vernon-Verona-Sherill in the quarterfinals.

190 pounds

The top local seed, Southwestern sophomore Tavio Hoose began his quest to another state title with a pin over No. 17 Denzel Perez of Eagle Academy Bronx at 190 pounds. Hoose was never in trouble against Perez and secured his pin with 19 seconds left in the second round.

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley freshman Dylan Newman works over his quarterfinal opponent. P-J photo by Tim Walters

Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer’s Jayden Malecki did not have as much success in the 190-pound prequarterfinals, falling to No. 8 Avery Canzano of Section III’s Cortland by 9-1 major decision.

Hoose’s next opponent is Canzano in the quarterfinals, while Malecki moves to the consolation bracket.

215 pounds

A pair of local victories were earned in the 215-pound semifinals by Maple Grove’s Matt Trim and Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer’s Mason Maring.

The No. 5 Trim controlled the entirety of his match against No. 12 Jared Haers of Section V’s Palmyra Macedon, but worked just a 5-0 decision.

No. 6 Maring controlled most of his match against No. 11 Trey McGee of Section VII’s Northern Adirondack, working to a 6-2 decision in which he only surrendered points late in the third round already up 6-0.

Trim takes on No. 4 Christian Solano of Eagle Academy Bronx in the quarterfinals, while Maring takes on No. 19 Matthew Marks of Section III’s South Lewis.

116 pounds

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley freshman Dylan Newman began his tournament with a win over No. 11 Richard King of Section VIII’s Clarke by 8-4 decision.

King looked to claw back into the match securing a third period escape and takedown, but Newman snuffed out any comeback by replicating those points to go up 8-3.

Newman’s quarterfinal opponent is No. 3 Brock Frederick of Section III’s South Jefferson.

Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer freshman Thandon Bensink prequarterfinal matchup was quite the jump in skill. After securing a first round pin, Bensink suffered a 21-4 technical fall to No. 5 Adam Munz of Section III’s Vernon-Verona-Sherill.

Bensink moves into the consolation bracket with the loss.

FIRST ROUND

Five local wrestlers opened the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 1 and 2 Wrestling Championships on Friday morning at MVP Arena.

Division 2

116 pounds

Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Panama/Clymer freshman Thandon Bensink opened action as the No. 12 seed in the first round of the 116-pound bracket against No. 21 Section VIII’s Devin Pellizzi of Cold Spring Harbor and made easy work of his opponent, jumping to a 8-0 lead after the first round.

Just 18 seconds into the second round Bensink worked over a pin to advance to the prequarterfinals against No. 5 Adam Munz of Section III’s Vernon-Verona-Sherill.

131 pounds

Southwestern senior Kenji Walters picked up a pin over his first-round opponent, No. 22 Sasha MacAdam of Collegiate School in the AIS. Walters dominated MacAdam throughout, jumping to a 7-0 lead before securing the pin with 14 seconds left in the second round.

The No. 11 seed Walters now advances to the prequarterfinals against No. 6 Scott Nicolella of Section II’s Duanesburg Schoharie with a 40-6 record.

152 pounds

Gowanda/Pine Valley senior Michael Horth couldn’t secure the pin that Bensink and Walters earned in their first round matches, but he came about as close as you can at 152 pounds.

The 11-seed Horth secured several near falls to build up to a 10-0 lead after the second round against No. 22 Carlos Rohm of Dalton School in the AIS. It looked like Horth was going to get the pin in the waning moments of the third round, but instead had to settle for a 16-0 technical fall victory.

Horth advances to the prequarterfinals against No. 6 Waylan Winseman of Section V’s Honeoye Falls-Lima with a 30-7 record.

Division 1

108 pounds

Jamestown’s Zach Little kicked off the action for local athletes, wrestling as the 20-seed against Nicholas Fortugno of Section I’s Briarcliff-Byram Hills-Valhalla-Westlake. The Jamestown’s sophomore’s first taste of action at the state tournament was a learning experience, suffering a third round pin and moving into the consolation bracket.

131 pounds

Jamestown junior Tyler Zwald had a rematch of the Section VI Championship, going against Clarence eighth-grader Trevor Mueller. No. 17 Zwald battled No. 16 Mueller in a scoreless first round, but it was Mueller securing the first points due to an illegal takedown which required recovery stoppage.

Mueller gained another point from an illegal maneuver by Zwald to go up 2-0 and in the third round all Zwald could manage was two escape points to ultimately be relegated to the consolation bracket by 6-2 decision.

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