Norwich picks up first win over Johnson City in 17 seasons


Norwich 39, Johnson City 38

NORWICH – Norwich freshman Landon Cummings was fighting off his back in the early part of the second period. Down 7-0 to Johnson City’s Cory McCormick, Cummings not only survived, he thrived.

Cummings reversed McCormick to his back, and earned the pin at 103 pounds in 3:33. That monumental turnaround spurred the Tornado, and Frank Garcia clinched the one-point win at 125 pounds with a decision victory over the Wildcats’ Conner Halladay.

It was the first dual meet win for Norwich over Johnson City since the 1993-1994 season when NHS head coach Joe Downey was in seventh grade. “We needed to believe in ourselves, and if they do, it’ll be a very successful year,” Downey said, now in his second year as head coach of his alma mater. “If we keep working hard, we’ll accomplish our goals.”

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