Balanced lineup gives Greene Clyde Cole title

Evening Sun Report

OXFORD – Greene had a pair of title winners, but it was the work done in wrestlebacks, particularly by Jake Wentlent and Keegan Cerwinski, that led it to the team title at the 45th Annual Clyde Cole Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Oxford.

It was the third team title for the Trojans and first since 2001. “This was our first time on the mat this season, and it kind of showed the first night,” said Greene coach Tim Jenks, who noted Wentlent and Cerwinski’s losses. “As the tournament went on, we started to wrestle better and better.”

Cerwinski avenged a second-round loss to Averill Park’s Mike Martin pinning Martin in 1:56 in the wrestlebacks on his way to third-place finish. Wentlent, meanwhile, came back from an 8-2 loss to Pembroke’s Joe Hill to win the consolation finals over Hill, 4-3.

Greene’s returning sectional champions, Nick Wilcox (119) and Tyler Beckwith (160) lived up to their favorite status gaining decisive title wins. Overall, nine Trojans grapplers finished among the top four in their weight class. “This is great for us, and we were pretty balanced from top to bottom,” Jenks said.

B-GA did all it could to make up ground in the finals with all three finalists winning titles to share the tournament lead for winners along with Queensbury. Only a pin in the 285-pound final by Union-Endicott’s Jared Venuto kept the Bears out of the runner-up spot. “We made some mistakes, but I thought we did pretty well,” said B-GA coach Brandon MacNaught. “We have seven new starters from last year.”

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