Owego 99, Norwich 81
NORWICH – On its senior recognition night, Norwich lost just its second dual meet of the season falling to 5-2 overall against a powerful Owego lineup.
NHS (5-2 overall) did win six of the 12 events, but simply could not match the quality depth of the Indians’ lineup. “It was a tough loss for us, but now we can focus on sectionals,” said Norwich coach Jon Aikins. “We’ve had a great season, and the last two weeks we have been making that final push in yardage to prepare for sectionals. We hope that pays off.”
Norwich senior Lucas Follett had one of his best nights of the season coming up with four total wins. In addition to teaming on two victorious relays, Follett won each of his individual events grabbing the 50-yard freestyle in 23.97, then added a first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.70).
Talon Schroeder was also on each winning relay, and added a third first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.51). The Tornado’s Scott Mooney notched a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke clocking 1:11.09.
200 medley relay: (N), 1:52.16, Lucas Follett, Nick Mooney, Talon Schroeder, Scott Cihocki. 200 free: (O) Jake Mendelson, 1:55.74. 200 IM: (O) Matt Kisloski, 2:18.68. 50 free: (N) Follett, 23.97. Diving: (O) Mitch Sarrge, 232.60. 100 fly: (N) T. Schroeder, 1:01.51. 100 free: (O) Mendelson, 51.48. 500 free: (O) Kisloski, 5:30.06. 200 free relay: (O), 1:36.66. 100 back: (N) Follett, 1:01.70. 100 breaststroke: (N) Mooney, 1:11.09. 400 free relay: (N), 3:43.88, Schoeder, Scott Cihocki, Greg Todd, Follett.
Waverly 37, Oxford 31
WAVERLY – A couple of holes in its lineup were too much for Oxford to overcome, who lost a narrow final to Waverly in the quarterfinals of the Section IV Dual Meet Tournament.
In matches that were actually contested, the Blackhawks had the better of the Wolverines, a perennial contender among Section IV teams. “I can’t be disappointed,” said Oxford coach Craig Tefft. “We did almost everything we needed to do. We just needed one more thing to fall into place, and we would have done it.”
Oxford started quickly winning the first six matches to score all of its points and build a 31-0 lead. Waverly accepted three straight forfeits at 119, 125, and 130 pounds to get back into the match, and Ryan Wolcott’s narrow 1-0 win over Devin Depew – who was moving up to 135 pounds for Oxford – kept the momentum going for the winning team. “There were some calls (in Devin’s match) they were thought were takedowns for us,” Tefft said. “If we win that match, the final score is probably 34-34, and we win the dual in a tiebreaker.”
Clayton Audette (160) won a decision for Oxford to begin the victory parade. Joe Jackson (171) and Caleb Cutting (189) had first-period pins, each of whom was moving up in weight. Joe Nelson (96) started the lightweights with a major decision at 96 pounds, while Austin Crandall (103) and Jeremiah Winter (112) picked up first-period pins.
Tefft lauded Audette and Depew, the Blackhawks’ only seniors this season. “Those two have been the backbone of our program the last five years, and have held the team together when we had low numbers,” the Oxford coach said. “It’s kind of sad. The numbers are picking up for us, and those two will no longer be with the program.”
Oxford hosts Unatego Tuesday.
160: Clayton Audette (O) dec. Jarod Alexander, 8-2. 171: Joe Jackson (O) pinned Kyle Columbo, :50. 189: Caleb Cutting (O) pinned Jordan Huff, :48. 215: no match, 285: no match. 96: Joe Nelson (O) dec. Casey Madigan, 11-3. 103: Austin Crandall (O) pinned Jon Bidlack, :49. 112: Jeremiah Winter (O) pinned Joe Peters, 1:03. 119: Curtis Brandt (W) won by fft. 125: Austin Bostwick (W) won by fft. 130: Trevor Nocchi (W) won by fft. 135: Ryan Wolcott (W) dec. Devin Depew, 1-0. 140: Mike Chandler (W) pinned. Joe Scheider, 1:45. 145: Zach Cooney (W) won by fft. 152: Brandon Ellers (W) dec. Jody Smith, 14-1.
Greene 59, Norwich 30
CHENANGO FORKS – Greene defeated Norwich for the second time this season to win its first-round match in the Section IV dual meet tournament, Saturday at Chenango Forks.
The Trojans, who advanced to the finals of the tournament only to lose to defending champion Chenango Forks, accepted six forfeits (30 points) from the undermanned Tornado.
“We have a lot of holes with guys sitting out due to injury, but we’re gearing up for the class tournament and sectionals, and we didn’t want to hurt people any more,” said Norwich coach Joe Downey. “We’re a little beat up right now.”
On the bright side, Norwich’s winners on the mat – Tristan Rifanburg (119), Frankie Garcia (130), and Landon Cummings (96) won by pin. “The guys that won for us, they were looking in tip-top form,” Downey said. “Landon is wrestling well and is being more aggressive. He looks like he has some confidence.”
112: Braxton Howell (G) wn by fft. 119: Tristan Rifanburg (N) pinned Zach Lindow, 1:30. 125: Tyler Dickman (G) pinned Jon Marvin, 3:46. 130: Frankie Garcia (N) pinned Trevor Parrish, 2:24. 135: Jeff Pornbeck (G) won by fft. 140: Dan Dickman (G) pinned Matt Thompson, 2:49. 145: Brett Ramsey (G) won by fft. 152: Mike Beckwith (G) pinned Damien Marvin, 1:40. 160: Morgan Crawford (N) won by fft. 171: Keegan Cerwinski (G) tech. fall over Cody Bradbury, 5:37. 189: Kurt Shear (G) won by fft. 215: Kegan Levesque (N) won by fft. 285: Kyle Stanton (G) won by fft. 96: Landon Cummings (N) pinned Ryan Castle, 4:36. 103: Ben Kinney (G) won by fft.
Greene 39, B-G/Afton 38
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