Norwich And BGAH Downed By Higher Seeds In Semifinals At Section IV Dual Championships

By: Meagan Schulz

Norwich and BGAH downed by higher seeds in semifinals at Section IV Dual Championships Keith Lanfear Photo

WALTON – Both the Purple Tornado of Norwich and Bears of Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville received seeds in the Section IV Division-II Dual Championships. The No. 3 Tornado and the fourth-seeded Bears won their quarterfinals match, moving into the semifinals. However, that is where their road to the finals ended as both fell to the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams.

No. 3 Norwich 40, No. 6 Owego 33

The Purple Tornado started off against the Indians in the opening round of the tournament. With the match starting on the 132 bout, Norwich’s Joey Marvin gave his team the early 3-0 lead, defeating Owego’s Avery Middendorf with a 10-3 decision.

The Indians took a 12-3 lead after back-to-back wins by pinfall at 138 and 145 pounds.

Kegan Wright pulled Norwich within six points after a close 2-0 decision win in his 152 pound match. Wright and Owego’s Austin Culver went the first two periods with no score. To start the final period, Wright chose the down position. It paid off when his move landed him the reversal, scoring the only points of the match. The Norwich senior rode out the rest of the time to pick up the close win.

At 160, Mikey Squires received a forfeit and six points towards Norwich’s team total to tie the match at 12-12.

The Indians then won the next four bouts of the dual with one forfeit, one pinfall, a 5-0 decision win and a questionable 6-4 overtime victory.

In the 182 pound match, Norwich’s Angel Francis led over Owego’s James Bundy 3-2 late in the third. Bundy was awarded a penalty point, tying the match a 3-3 and forcing overtime.

Then the Indians 152 pounder landed a reversal before time expired in the first 30 seconds of the overtime, which was discussed by Norwich’s head coach Bob Hagenbuch. The official’s call stood and the two wrestlers went to the second session of extra wrestling with Bundy leading 6-3.

Francis was able to escape, picking up one point but with the short time, was unable to score any more points. After hard wrestling in the bout, Owego took the team points.

The Purple Tornado’s Tyler Rice pinned the Indians’ Cooper Cantella in 1:08 to start the comeback for the No. 3 team.

Max Morris of Norwich went into the third period of the 99 pound match trailing 3-2. Starting on top in the final two minutes, Morris was looking to get Owego’s Matt Loubach to his back for points. However, Loubach reversed the Norwich youngster and went on to win with a 5-2 decision – the last for the Indians in the quarterfinal dual.

Owego held a 33-17 lead with four matches left but quickly gave up six points to the Tornado after a forfeit to Norwich’s Dante Geislinger at 106 pounds.

Mason Edwards, Norwich’s other young wrestler on the squad, battled Owen Titus in the 113 pound bout. Edwards had wrestled in 15 matches prior to the dual but looked like a seasoned vet as he opened up with a 8-0 lead after the first period.

Starting the down position in the second period, Edwards quickly scored the reversal on Titus and added a near fall count for another three points. Leading 13-0 and needing just two points for the tech fall, Edwards pinned Titus just 33 seconds into the second period instead.

With the win by pinfall, Norwich pulled within four points of the Indians. 1:24 later, the Tornado pulled ahead after that was all the time Andrew Brown needed to pin Owego’s Jacob Morris.

Norwich held a 35-33 lead with Nick Glanville left to wrestle in the 126 pound match. Needing to win, Glanville didn’t hold back. After starting the match at 2-0, the Purple Tornado senior added six points in the second and seven in the third to win with a tech fall at 5:52.

The 40-33 win sent Norwich into the semifinals against No. 2 Windsor.

No. 4 BGAH 41, No. 5 Walton-Delhi 33

At the same time on the other mat, fourth-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville (BGAH) met No. 5 Walton-Delhi.

Walton-Delhi started the match with a 15-3 lead as Dustin Copeland won by forfeit at 132 while teammate Nick Lamoreaux picked up a 7-3 decision over the Bears’ Brady Buttice at 145. Skyler Pesout pinned BGAH’s Zach Gardepe in 2:51 at 152, winning the third bout in the first four on the mat of the quarterfinal dual.

The only win for the Bears didn’t go unnoticed though as their Brody Oleksak took a 1-0 decision upset over Walton-Delhi’s standout at 138 pounds, Chandler Merwin.

Following Pesout’s win at 152 pounds, BGAH erased the early deficit as Hayden Lewis started the rally at 160 pounds, winning by a 16-0 tech fall at 5:07.

The Bears’ Shane Hoover, who was 27-0 coming into the championships, won his 28th of the season by pinfall at 170 pounds.

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