Norwich 40, Chenango Valley 39
NORWICH – The tone of the match was set with Frank Garcia’s exciting 132-pound victory over CV standout Dustin Greene. The Tornado jumped out to a big lead early on, and held off the Warriors for their ninth straight dual meet win Wednesday.
Tristan Rifanburg’s pin at 120 pounds cinched up Norwich’s victory over a Chenango Valley club that is ranked among the top four dual meet teams in Section IV.
“There were a lot of real close matches, and it could have gone either way,” said Norwich coach Joe Downey. “Chenango Valley is a quality team that has good kids at every weight. Frankie’s win was a heck of a way to start the dual.”
Garcia was matching up with Greene, who was a New York State tournament competitor a season ago. In a scoreless match, Garcia recorded a reversal in the third period, and held Greene the rest of the way for a 2-0 win.
Norwich picked up 19 straight points beginning with Anthony Vitello’s impressive 8-0 win over the Warriors’ Joel Grychewicz at 160 pounds. “Anthony is consistently coming through for us,” Downey said. “He not only got us a win, but it was a major decision. That extra team point helped us win the match.”
Tanner Cummings, typically a 152-pounder, weighed in at 160 and was bumped to 170 pounds. Cummings, battling a shoulder injury, held on for a 9-8 victory over Dylan Mosher. Cody Bradbury (182) and Kegan Levesque (195) picked up forfeits to lift Norwich’s lead to 28-11.
Chenango Valley lost a costly team point – and six dual meet points for losing the bout – when the Tornado’s John Marvin (145) was awarded a disqualification win over Noah Ruston. The matchup ended with six seconds left in the third period and Marvin trailing on the scoreboard.
“We’re really on a roll right now,” Downey said. “The team is jelling and clicking, and we’re looking forward to the Ilion Tournament this weekend. The guys are all wrestling well right now, and we’re proud of what we are seeing.”
132: Frank Garcia (N) dec. Dustin Greene, 2-0. 138: Adam Greene (CV) pinned Matt Thompson, :20. 145: John Marvin (N) won by disqualification over Noah Ruston. 152: Robert Woodard (CV) won by fft. 160: Anthony Vitello (N) dec. Joel Grychewicz, 8-0. 170: Tanner Cummings (N) dec. Dylan Mosher, 9-8. 182: Cody Bradbury N) won by fft. 195: Kegan Levesque (N) won by fft. 220: Dominick Ruston (CV) pinned Chandler Rifanburg, 3:36. 285: Shane Morjarity (CV) won by fft. 99: Joe Conroy (N) won by fft. 106: Billy Liberati (CV) pinned Cole Rifanburg, :38. 113: Brandon Lockwood (CV) dec. Trey Muserallo, 13-8. 120: Tristan Rifanburg (N) pinned Zach Tripp, 1:23. 126: Anthony Colon (CV) pinned Josh Myers, 1:29.