BINGHAMTON – Danny Gormley of B-G/Afton and Tyler Peet of Unadilla Valley are two shining examples of persevering against opponents that seemed to have their respective numbers.
Each grappler avenged early-season losses in the Section IV Wrestling championships to earn titles Saturday night. Gormley was subsequently named the Division II Most Outstanding Wrestler after a second straight sectional title win.
“This is a huge win for us,” said B-G/Afton coach Brandon MacNaught after his freshman grappler nudged past Unatego’s Cody Dill with a pin in overtime in the 112-pound, Division II finals.
Dill, a senior and defending sectional champion, had just two total losses over the past two seasons finishing third in the state last year, while suffering his lone defeat this season to UV’s Peet in December. “Dill is a senior and a classy kid,” MacNaught said. “The first time we wrestled (Dill) at the MAC finals, we didn’t take advantage of some scoring combinations. This time we were fortunate enough to do it.”
Gormley had the upper hand in the first period taking a 5-0 lead after a nearfall late in the period. Dill stormed back with his own back points, and led 10-9 late until a Gormley escape forced overtime. Gormley scored the unlikely pin 31 seconds into the extra period, the first of three championships for the Bears.