Owego 99, Norwich 81
NORWICH – On its senior recognition night, Norwich lost just its second dual meet of the season falling to 5-2 overall against a powerful Owego lineup.
NHS (5-2 overall) did win six of the 12 events, but simply could not match the quality depth of the Indians’ lineup. “It was a tough loss for us, but now we can focus on sectionals,” said Norwich coach Jon Aikins. “We’ve had a great season, and the last two weeks we have been making that final push in yardage to prepare for sectionals. We hope that pays off.”
Norwich senior Lucas Follett had one of his best nights of the season coming up with four total wins. In addition to teaming on two victorious relays, Follett won each of his individual events grabbing the 50-yard freestyle in 23.97, then added a first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.70).
Talon Schroeder was also on each winning relay, and added a third first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.51). The Tornado’s Scott Mooney notched a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke clocking 1:11.09.
200 medley relay: (N), 1:52.16, Lucas Follett, Nick Mooney, Talon Schroeder, Scott Cihocki. 200 free: (O) Jake Mendelson, 1:55.74. 200 IM: (O) Matt Kisloski, 2:18.68. 50 free: (N) Follett, 23.97. Diving: (O) Mitch Sarrge, 232.60. 100 fly: (N) T. Schroeder, 1:01.51. 100 free: (O) Mendelson, 51.48. 500 free: (O) Kisloski, 5:30.06. 200 free relay: (O), 1:36.66. 100 back: (N) Follett, 1:01.70. 100 breaststroke: (N) Mooney, 1:11.09. 400 free relay: (N), 3:43.88, Schoeder, Scott Cihocki, Greg Todd, Follett.
Waverly 37, Oxford 31
WAVERLY – A couple of holes in its lineup were too much for Oxford to overcome, who lost a narrow final to Waverly in the quarterfinals of the Section IV Dual Meet Tournament.
In matches that were actually contested, the Blackhawks had the better of the Wolverines, a perennial contender among Section IV teams. “I can’t be disappointed,” said Oxford coach Craig Tefft. “We did almost everything we needed to do. We just needed one more thing to fall into place, and we would have done it.”
Oxford started quickly winning the first six matches to score all of its points and build a 31-0 lead. Waverly accepted three straight forfeits at 119, 125, and 130 pounds to get back into the match, and Ryan Wolcott’s narrow 1-0 win over Devin Depew – who was moving up to 135 pounds for Oxford – kept the momentum going for the winning team. “There were some calls (in Devin’s match) they were thought were takedowns for us,” Tefft said. “If we win that match, the final score is probably 34-34, and we win the dual in a tiebreaker.”