BINGHAMTON – As Justin Davy stepped on the mat to take center stage in the biggest match of his career, the Bears senior was understandably nervous. Especially so since he was facing an opponent who had beaten him one week earlier.
“I was trying to keep myself from shaking,” Davy said as he recalled the moments before his 130-pound match with Waverly’s Jesse Carling. “I knew he already had a stalling call against him earlier in the third period, so I had to keep the pressure and keep going forward.”
Forward is indeed the most apt word for Davy’s 2006-2007 season. Davy completed a takedown on the edge of the mat with five seconds remaining in the third period to win the Section IV, Division II title, 3-1.
“I didn’t know the time at the end (when I got the takedown),” Davy said. “I just needed to keep the pressure on.”
Davy is one of three Bears moving onto the New York State tournament in two weeks at the Pepsi Arena in Albany joining mates Danny Gormley (96) and Kris Stafford (160). Steve Buchanan (275), dropped a 3-0 final to Steve Scarsella of Chenango Valley.
Greene’s fab freshmen, Nick Wilcox (119) and Tyler Beckwith (145) took different routes to their Division II title victories, and Unadilla Valley eighth-grader, Greg DuVall, edged teammate Tyler Peet for the 103-pound title. It was just the second time in sectional competition where teammates faced off for a sectional title. “I just hope Tyler gets wild-carded into the state tournament,” said UV head coach Jim DuVall. “These guys go back and forth in practice, and it’s always a one- or two-point match. You work all year for this, then you have to compete against your own teammate. It’s hard.”