ILION – The 2018 Leo J. Sammon Memorial Tournament was a pretty exciting tournament, as there was certainly wrestling talent in the gym on Saturday. With the crazy weather central New York had over the weekend starting Thursday night with the inches of snow with the sub-zero temperatures from Friday on, many weren’t sure if the tournament would happen. But Chenango County teams Norwich and Sherburne-Earlville braved the harsh weather and they wrestled.
Throughout the day, the 11 teams that attended put on outstanding matches to set up a great night for the finals with six Norwich wrestlers and the Marauders with
Norwich had both Dante Geislinger and Andrew Brown wrestle in the 99 pound bracket of the tournament. Brown and Geislinger met in the semi-finals. Geislinger moved one to wrestle in the finals against Mason Bush of the host Central Valley. Bush and Geislinger are both ranked in their sections as the top wrestler in their weight class, setting up one of the most anticipated matches of the finals.
Bush had previously faced Geislinger earlier this season at the Valley Duals in December with Bush winning their first meeting by a 3-0 decision. Geislinger was ready to revenge that early season loss as he had matched Bush through the first four rounds with three pins and one tech fall.
In an exciting match to start the finals, Bush handed Geislinger his second loss of the season by 2-1 victory for the Central Valley’s 99 pounder, improving to 32-0 on a season.
Earlier in the day, Purple Tornado Nick Glanville knocked off Camden’s Hunter Williams by a 3-1 decision win an action-packed battle. With the decision win, Glanville was matched up with Central Valley’s Jon Charles, who is ranked number one in division two of Section III, for the finals in the 106 pound weight class.
Glanville put up a fight in the finals, getting through first period of the match. But it was in the second when Charles became too much for the Norwich wrestler. Charles pinned Glanville in a time of 3:04.
The 126 pound field had throughout, but many weren’t surprised by Norwich’s Mike Squires making into the finals. Squires landed his spot into the finals with two pins, a tech fall and an 11-0 major in the semifinals.
He was set to wrestle Adirondack’s Kevin Spann, number two in NY State rankings. With both ranked number one in their sections, their bout was the match of the finals as the two gave fans what they were their to see.
The finals match lasted the full three periods but it was Squires who knocked off Spann in a 6-5 battle, giving Norwich their first Champion on the day.
The weight class with the largest field of the tournament was the 132 pound. The wrestlers were split into four pools, allowing for the top wrestling in each to reach the semi-finals of the bracket. Norwich’s Eli Rodriguez was among the four as he squared off with Ty Harter of Camden. Rodriguez went down with a shoulder injury giving Harter the win by injury default. The injury ended Rodriguez’ day at the tournament.
Also among the 132 pound field was Sherburne-Earlville’s Morgan Lakin. Lakin’s chances of making it to the finals was ended by Adirondack’s Keagen Case when case pinned in a time of 4:09.
Lakin’s loss to Case sent him through wrestleback rounds and Lakin did just that. He wrestled his way to a fifth-place finish as he topped wrestling powerhouse Central Valley’s Anderson Klosner with an exciting 6-5 decision win.
In a 160 pound semi-final, Sherburne-Earlville teammates Bailey Walzer and Vinny Albertina squared off. While it has to be difficult to wrestler a teammate, who are more than likely practice partners and every move the opponent it going to make, Wazler was the one who moved on after a 1-0 victory...