DOLGEVILLE – Although a team title was not in the cards this past weekend, the Sherburne-Earlville varsity wrestling team enjoyed some solid individual successes.
S-E managed to earn a respectable fifth place out of 10 teams, falling in the better half of the standings with a team score of 125.5. Taking the team win was Section III powerhouse Adirondack, as they edged out Canastota by a score of 218.5-210. Adirondack would see nine wrestlers take the mat in the finals with an impressive four emerging as champions on Jan. 28.
On the Marauder side, they would not be afforded the chance to have the sheer volume of wrestlers in the finals. However, pure grit and perseverance served S-E well as the team managed to get 11 wrestlers into the placing rounds – with two second place finishes and three third place finishes capping off a solid weekend of wrestling.
Having the most successes on the day for S-E was their two star middle-heavyweights at 170 and 182 pounds.
• 170 pounds: Second-seeded Bailey Walzer, a junior at S-E, took a first round bye only to chase down a finals appearance in the league tournament. Walzer managed to unfortunately have to wrestle his teammate Calib Hill in the quarterfinals – to which Walzer stuck Hill at 3:43 to advance to the semifinal round. Faced with Garrett Evans of Holland-Patent, Walzer looked to finesse the win in the semi's by earning the win over Evans by a dominating major decision at 14-3. Top-seeded Ben Marshall of the Canastota Raiders stood in Walzer's path of a league championship. Marshall, previously took third place in last years Section III tournament, a mark he looks to improve on in 2017. Walzer, although showing heart, was outmatched in the finals, losing by a score of 13-5.