Tornado Nearly Blanks Oneonta On The Mat In 65-18 STAC Victory
Published: January 10th, 2019
By: Meagan Schulz

Tornado nearly blanks Oneonta on the mat in 65-18 STAC victory Frank Speziale Photo

NORWICH – It took nine matches before an Oneonta Yellowjacket wrestler was able to score any points during their bouts against host Norwich Wednesday. All but one of Norwich’s wins by pinfall came in the first period as the Purple Tornado dominated in their STAC divisional meet against Oneonta, winning 65-18.

The fastest bout of the meet was at 120 pounds with Norwich’s Mason Edwards coming out as the winner. Edwards put the Yellowjackets’ Alexis Metller down on her back in the first five seconds of the match and continued his move for the pin, ending the bout at 11 seconds.

Tyler Rice of the Tornado kicked the match off at 285 pounds and needed no time at all either. With just 47 ticks off the clock in the first period, Rice pinned Jeramiah Morris following his takedown seconds before.

In the next match, Norwich’s 99 pounder Max Morris carried his momentum from his second place finish at the Saratoga Invitational for another dual meet victory. Morris scored a tech fall at 3:09 with a 15-0 score. The Tornado youngster led 9-0 after one period and added a two point reversal as well as two nearfall counts in the first minute of the second.

On his journey back to the New York State Championships, defending 99 pound winner Dante Geislinger of Norwich needed just 47 seconds to pin his opponent, Oneonta’s Andrew Lenther. Geislinger landed an early takedown and had a five count nearfall before the official slapped the mat to signal in the pin.

In nearly the same actions in his 113 bout, the Tornado’s Andrew Brown pinned the Yellowjackets’ Tyler Hasbroak at the 1:07 mark of the first period. Brown earned his seventh pin this season with the early match victory.

At 126 pounds, Nick Glanville of the Purple Tornado led 6-0 at the end of one period after a take down and two different nearfall counts. Adding another nearfall and an early reversal in the second, Glanville took a 10-0 led heading into the final two minutes of his match.

With 4:40 gone in the match, the Norwich 126 pound senior landed his final back points in the bout to win five points for the team with a 15-0 techfall, the second of the match for the Tornado.

Norwich’s Joey Marvin picked up one of the two forfeit wins of the meet for the Tornado at 132 pounds, sending teammate Dakota Powers to the mat for the 138 pound bout. Powers needed all of 22 seconds in the first period to takedown Oneonta’s CC Torres and putting the Yellowjacket flat to the mat for the win by pinfall.

In the 145 pound match, Hunter Burch recorded the first two points in any of the bouts by an Oneoenta wrestler. With the match at 5-0 after two period and Norwich’s Kegan Wright holding the advantage, Torres scored at the 5:20 mark. However, with Wright gaining a two point nearfall in the early seconds of third, the Tornado senior took the 7-2 decision to keep the shutout intact through nine matches.

Pinning his opponent with 16 seconds left in the bout, Ashton Jenkins of the Tornado left the mat six points for his team. Jenkins led 8-2 after the first period and continued to add to his lead in the next four minutes of action. With a 16-4 lead, Jenkins was on his way to major decision victory. Holding the Yellowjackets’ Mateo Goodhue down, Jenkins was able to put Goodhue’s shoulders flat on the mat long enough for the pin.

Norwich’s Mikey Squires earned his win in the meet with a forfeit at 160 pounds, giving the home team another six points on the scoreboard for a 61-0 lead.

Oneonta won their first bout of the match at 170 pounds as Dalton Wells landed a second period takedown on the Tornado’s Austin Hatton before picking up the win by pinfall at 3:29.

Angel Francis of Norwich went out on the mat next against the Yellowjackets’ Trey Lambrecht. Francis landed a takedown to start the match but Lambrecht ended the first period with a 3-2 lead.

After deferring his decision on position, Francis started on bottom with Lambrecht taking up to start the second. Francis was able reverse out of it, taking the lead back. With his control of the match in the second period, Francis was able to hold one and continue to add to his lead as he came out a 12-4 major decision winner.

In the final match of the evening, Norwich’s Dakota Hall started the 195 pound bout with the the momentum in his favor. Holding a 2-0 lead after one period, Hall added another takedown and a five second near fall count for a 7-3 score heading into the final two minutes of the match.

However, Oneonta’s Quinton Bissell-Smith took control in the third, scoring big and landing a move that pinned Hall at with eight seconds remaining in the match.

Richie Serafin, Oneonta’s 220 pounder, earned the Yellowjackets’ only forfeit points of the match.

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