OXFORD – Norwich’s Kegan Levesque may have set the stage for a banner season. Meanwhile, Oxford sophomore Joe Nelson made it 2-for-2, and Greene junior Mike Beckwith made sure the Trojans did not walk away empty-handed in Saturday’s 49th Annual Clyde Cole Memorial Tournament.
The second-oldest high school wrestling tournament in New York State was again dominated by Pennsylvania powerhouse, Wyoming Seminary. The Blue Raiders, led by former Oxford wrestling coach Scott Green, ran away with their second straight team title winning eight individual titles out of 15, and polled an astonishing 366 points – 166 better than runner-up Queensbury, and more than 200 ahead of Chenango County’s top entry, Greene.
Wyoming Seminary’s stacked lineup had a pair of champions – Dom Malone at 126 pounds and Eric Morris at 160 – knock off New York State champions en route to titles. Malone, headed to Northwestern next year on a full scholarship, pinned Norwich’s Tristan Rifanburg at 3:35, while Morris blanked LaSalle Institute’s Connor Sutton, 5-0, in the 160-pound final.
Before the Blue Raiders started their run of championship victories, though, Nelson kicked off the evening with a hometown victory at 99 pounds. A 2010 Clyde Cole titleist, Nelson shook off any jitters in a hurry. He took down South Glens Falls’ Anthony Sgorrano just 10 seconds into the match, and added back points with 40 seconds left in the first period to take a commanding 5-0 lead. After an early second-period escape, Nelson wasted little time with his second takedown of Sgorrano, and earned the pin at the 3:39 mark. After the pin, Nelson raised two fingers on each hand to signify the two titles on his home mat, and he finished the tournament without surrendering a point.