Chenango County winter sports kick off with a bang



NORWICH – In their first meet of the season the Norwich varsity wrestling team looked impressive in their win against Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, December 1, in Norwich.

The night’s matches started off at the 99 pound weight class with Norwich’s Mike Squires earning a forfeit. The Purple Tornado earned another forfeit at 106 as the Sabers had no wrestler to face Norwich’s Eli Rodriguez.

With Norwich now up 12-0, SV had their work cut out for them. The two teams would trade six point victories as SV won with a pin at 113 and Norwich’s Gabe Glanville took a forfeit at 120. Norwich would roll through the next two matches as Dalen Geislinger took the 126 match 8-0 and Ty Rifanburg won his 132 pound match 8-2.

The 138 pound match began a four match pin streak for the Purple Tornado, tearing through Sus Valley and sealing the victory. Zach Mills, Cole Rifanburg, Dustin Marvin, and Nick Murphy all earned pins and six team points for Norwich. “If tonight was any indication of how the season will go, we’re in pretty good shape,” said Norwich head coach Bob Hagenbuch. “We looked really good and really strong. We should roll right into the Clyde Cole Tournament on a good high.”

The night’s remaining matches would see pins and forfeits all around, as Norwich was granted two more forfeits at 182 and 195 and gave up just two matches at 170 and 220. The night would end on a Cole Riggins pin over SV’s Caleb Strong to seal the 55-30 win for Norwich.

Going into the Clyde Cole Tournament this weekend in Oxford look for Norwich’s Eli Rodriguez, a returning champion, to make another run at 99 pounds; as well as experienced wrestlers Cole Rifanburg and Nick Murphy to make deep runs as well.

Match Results: N; 55. SV; 30. Individual matches: 99: Mike Squires (N), FFT. 106: Eli Rodriguez (N), FFT. 113: Tayson Evans (SV) def. Nick Glanville (N) pin. 120: Gabe Glanville (N), FFT. 126: 126 Dalen Geislinger (N) def. Josh Devine (SV) 8-0. 132: Ty Rifanburg (N) def. Paddy Luplue (SV) 8-2. 138: Zach Mills (N) def. Austin Beach (SV) pin. 145: Cole Rifanburg (N) def. Jason Moelder (SV) pin. 152: Dustin Marvin (N) def. Chris Harold (SV) pin. 160: Nick Murphy (N) def. Sean King (SV) pin. 170: Matt Deporsis (SV) def. Brenden Slater (N) pin. 182: Jordan slater (N), FFT. 195: Rich Knapp (N), FFT. 220: James Fish (SV) def. Dakota Hall (N) pin. 285: Cole Riggings (N) def. Caleb Strong (SV) pin.

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