Norwich and BGAH dominate to claim team titles

Section IV Class B and C tournament results

Section IV Class B

BINGHAMTON – The Norwich Purple Tornado took the mats by storms this past weekend on Saturday– winning in a landslide at the Section IV Class B tournament held at Chenango Valley High School – while qualifying 13 wrestlers for the upcoming Section IV tournament. Norwich filled 14 of the 15 weight classes – excluding the 285 weight – and saw wrestlers qualify for the Section IV tournament on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, at nearly each and every weight entered.

This year, Section IV wrestling has decided to split the wrestling of DI and DII schools – rather than have the two-days of wrestling for both smaller and larger schools happen in one location like it had in the past. Watkins Glen will be the host of the DII, smaller schools, and will see the likes of all Section IV Chenango County teams head their come next weekend.

The 2017 Class B championships were kind to the Norwich wrestlers who saw their hard work and dedication pay off when seven wrestlers took home a first place finish – with three take second, two take third and two claim a fifth.

• 99 pounds: The eighth grade lightweight, Dante Geislinger dominated his way in the weight to a first place finish on the day. Due to numbers, Geislinger received two forfeits before seeing his first match of the day in the semifinals. When met with his first opponent, Geislinger showed no signs of rust, defeating Richard Champion of Chenango Valley by pin at 1:02. This advanced Geislinger to the finals where second-seeded Mitch Shipman of Dryden awaited. Alas, Geislinger proved too much for his opponent in the finals, as he dominated Shipman with a win by pin at 2:25.

• 106 pounds: Mikey Squires, a Tornado freshman, continued the trend as the weight classes progress – nabbing a first place finish of his own. Squires, like Geislinger, was afforded two first round byes to begin the day of wrestling. Squires first taste of victory came in the semifinals when he landed a solid 5-0 win over Windsor's Mike McDaniels (fourth seed). With a win in the bag, and a trip to the finals – Squires – the first seed – was matched with a showdown against the second-seeded Nate Lehr of Chenango Valley. Squires was able to maneuver his way to a 6-1 victory in the finals to take Norwich to two champions thus far.

• 113 pounds: Enter Norwich's Eli Rodriguez. The Tornado freshman cruised his way to a third consecutive championship for Norwich. Rodriguez, facing a slightly more filled weight class, first saw action in the quarterfinals – when Nick Spinner, the eight seed from Waverly, was afforded a shot at top-seeded Rodriguez. 1:28 later, Rodriguez earned the quick win by pin over Spinner advancing to the semifinals to face off against Joel Choynowski of Owego (fourth seed). Rodriguez saw nearly no challenge once again, besting his time in the quarterfinals with another win by pin at 1:15 to advance to a shot at the championship. Second-seeded Tayson Evans of Susquehanna Valley did manage to avoid the pin from a pin-happy Rodriguez – however, the Tornado sealed the third first place finish with a win at 15-2 in the finals.

• 120 pounds: A classic first verses second seed finals matchup was once again what fans were given at the weight – although Norwich's Nick Glanville would succumb to a pin in the finals to take home a second place finish. With two early bye's Glanville cashed in on a trip to the finals with a win over third-seeded Ethan Stotler of Waverly – as Glanville secured the win by pin at 4:24. That is when top-seeded Caleb Wiggins of CV stole the show in the finals halting the Tornado from a fourth consecutive run at the top spot. Glanville battled in the loss but was caught in a pin at 2:06 for the second place finish.

• 126: Norwich's Cristobal Caballero, a senior at the weight suffered through a few tough matches before tasting victory to advance to sectionals. Caballero finished in fifth place following early losses which jettisoned him to the wrestle-backs. A quarterfinal loss to Maine-Endwell's Cheyenne Sisenstein (fourth seed), saw Caballero drop to the lower half of the bracket, as a hope of third was then the goal. However, an unlucky draw to face third-seeded Cole Volpe of CV handed Caballero his second straight loss – as the back-to-back losses by pins at 3:47, and 2:37 respectively – set Caballero up for one last shot at fifth. Caballero capitalized on his chances late, with a win over Hunter Martin of Owego, winning by pin at 4:16 for the fifth place spot.

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