Norwich Wrestlers Make Strides In Loss To Windsor

By: Patrick Newell

Wrestling

Windsor 54, Norwich 12

NORWICH – Norwich was unable to make it two dual meet wins in three days, but showed improvement in spite of a lopsided final score, said NHS first-year coach Joe Downey.

“Yes, we lost, but we wrestled great tonight, and I saw a lot of good stuff out of our wrestlers,” Downey said.

Among the noteworthy efforts pointed out by Downey:

• Zach Ketchum (130) took down defending Section IV champion Colton Perry, who was third in the state a year ago.

• First-year wrestler Anthony Vitello (140) battled through six minutes against Windsor’s Frank Kennedy before losing a decision.

• Damian Marvin (145) wrestled the two best periods of his season, albeit in a loss.

• Cody Bradbury (152) chalked up another win for the Tornado, one of three by the Tornado.

• And Keegan Levesque (215) was bumped up from his usual weight class of 189 pounds, and lost a narrow decision to the section’s top 215-pounder, Noah Sibley, 3-0.

Perhaps the highlight of Norwich’s night was Frankie Garcia avenging a Windsor Tournament loss at 103 pounds. Garcia, who was pinned by the Black Knights’ Jesse Holton in the finals of that tourney, won a 7-1 decision. Leading 2-0 entering the third period, Garcia reversed Holton and scored back points to gain a commanding lead.

“Frankie’s win was huge, especially for seeding in sectionals,” Downey said. “He wrestled with a lot of heart and determination.”

Norwich competes in the Leo J. Sammon Memorial Tournament at Ilion this weekend.

Results

125: Matt Kenyon (W) won by fft. 130: Colton Perry (W) tech fall over Zach Ketchum, 5:03. 135: Ryan Haynes (W) won by fft. 140: Frank Kennedy (W) dec. Anthony Vitello, 18-6. 145: Billy Cook (W) pinned Damian Marvin, 4:43. 152: Cody Bradbury (W) dec. James Rowlison, 7-2. 160: Gavin Tarbox (W) pinned Morgan Crawford, 3:44. 171: Tyler Siltis (W) won by fft. 189: Seth Gordon (W) won by fft. 215: Noah Sibley (W) dec. Keegan Levesque, 3-0. 103: Frank Garcia (W) dec. Jesse Holton, 7-1. 112: Tanner Cummings (N) pinned Matt Kistner, :26. 119: Jesse Williams (W) pinned Cameron Yaiser, 3:17.

Boys’ Swimming

Greene 88, Cooperstown 82

GREENE – Greene preserved its long-standing Midstate Athletic Conference winning streak extending the skein to 46 straight meet wins with a nail-biter over Cooperstown Thursday.

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