OWEGO– This past weekend, January 29 and 30, Owego Free Academy played host to the STAC Championships in Section IV wrestling, consisting of 16 different teams.
Chenango County’s Norwich sent their squad of 16-wrestlers to the tournament, pulling off an impressive third place team finish, only being edged by Johnson City and state ranked Vestal.
“We were leading both days. They (Vestal) were not even in the picture, then out of nowhere,” said Norwich head coach Bob Hagenbuch. “We were battling Elmira and Johnson City. Johnson City eventually edged us by four.”
Equally impressive as than the third place finish for The Tornado, they also boasted a tournament high six wrestler in the finals. Two of whom, Ty Rifanburg at 126-pounds and Zach Mills at 132-pounds, went on to win.
Out of the impressive 16 wrestlers who wrestled for The Tornado this past weekend, two would win their weights, four would place second, two would battle back through wrestle backs to earn the third place spot, and one would place fourth.