BINGHAMTON – It was number four in Section IV for the 2010 Section IV Small School Division’s most outstanding wrestler, Tyler Beckwith of Greene.
Beckwith won his fourth straight section championship beating Lansing’s Jon Glennon for the 171-pound championship. Beckwith’s title was one of five for Chenango County wrestlers Saturday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, although a few others may earn wild-card bids. Sherburne-Earlville’s Tyi Franklin captured a Section III Small School title Saturday at the Utica Auditorium.
“It was a great match wrestling (Glennon) again,” said Beckwith, who raised four fingers twice after the win to signify his accomplishment.
Beckwith was facing Glennon for the third time this season, and the first two matchups ended in one-point wins for the unbeaten Trojans wrestler. This time, Beckwith made some subtle adjustments, and closed out Glennon, 7-1.
“This time I stopped his offense,” Beckwith said. “I stuck with my game plan and rode him out. The first two times, I didn’t ride him and let him up. Now I know I can ride him. Winning the scrambles was big because he’s a good scrambler.”
Beckwith had a takedown and two back points in the opening period building a nearly insurmountable advantage for someone of his talent and experience.
Starting off the Division II championships with Norwich’s first sectional title in five years was seventh-grader Tristan Rifanburg. Rifanburg was all over Unatego’s Austin Ryan from the start picking up an easy takedown in the opening seconds, then scoring almost at will en route to a dominating 13-1 win. Rifanburg had two first-period pins and a 9-0 decision win in the semifinals to set up his championship.
“Tristan did a great job, he went out and took the kid down in the first 10 seconds and wrestled smart,” said Norwich coach Joe Downey. “He rode the guy, turned him, and tilted him every which way. He’s going to be tough (at states). We’ll work hard the next two weeks getting him ready and making him believe that he belongs up there. As long as he keeps wrestling the way he is and goes after kids like he did today, he should do well.”