Four Wins By Pinfall Not Enough For Tornado To Take Down Black Knights

By: Meagan Schulz

Four wins by pinfall not enough for Tornado to take down Black Knights Norwich’s Mikey Squires has Windsor’s Noah Yadiosky in a near fall position in the first period of the 170 pound bout. Squires went on to win by technical fall with a final of 15-0 but the Purple Tornado fell to Windsor in the match, 44-32. (Evening Sun Photo, Meagan Schulz)

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NORWICH – Back-to-back first period pins by Norwich’s Andrew Brown and two-time New York State Champion Dante Geislinger helped the Purple Tornado jump out to an early in the season opener. However, in the higher weight classes, Norwich gave up 18 points due to forfeits and Windsor was able to claim the Southern Tier Athletic Conference divisional win, 44-32.

Brown took the Black Knights’ Ethan Dibble down to the mat early in the 120 pound match and worked to get position quickly in order to put the final move on for the pin. After one minute of action, Brown picked up the six points and the win for his team.

Wrestling at 126 in the season opener, Geislinger immediately took Dante Rooke down for two points and began to add to his score after holding the Windsor wrestler’s shoulder to the mat. Leading 7-1 after Rooke was able to escape the grasp of the Norwich senior, Geisliner ended the match with a pin at 1:40.

Norwich’s Mikey Squires won the first match of his senior season with a technical fall, winning 15-0. Squires quickly gained a 12-0 lead over the Black Knights’ Noah Yadiosky in the first period after the initial takedown and added 10 points in near fall counts. The Purple Tornado 170 pounder then added another near-fall count two-count in the second before taking down his opponent the third period to end the match.

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Junior Tyler Rice of the Tornado also earned a first period pin in the year’s opening meet, topping Windsor’s Garrett Bidwell in the 285 pound bout. Out of the gate, Rice took shot, bringing Bidwell down within seconds. After nearly pinning him in less than a minute, the Norwich junior was able to get the win by pinfall after putting Bidwell’s shoulders to the mat. Rice was honored prior to the start of the match for capturing his 100th win at the end of the 2018-2019 season. This makes win 101 of the junior’s career.

In the 106 pound bout Max Morris – one of Norwich’s youngsters on the team this season – earned a win by pin as the last match of the evening. Morris was in control of the match from the start, taking down Noah Taylor of the Black Knights early in the first period. Morris did not allow Taylor to score a point as he held a 8-0 lead before the pin at 4:49. The Purple Tornado wrestler scored his points after the take down with a near-fall in the first, two reversals – one coming in both the second and third periods.

The other youngster of the 2019-2020 Norwich squad, Mason Edwards, also earned a win in the season opener. Edwards took a 6-0 decision victory over Windsor’s Ryan Kennedy in a fast-paced, intense bout at 138 pounds. The Purple Tornado freshman earned an early take down then nearly pinned Kennedy in the first but the match ended after three periods. Edwards added an escape after starting the second period in the down position, getting out of the bottom on the officials whistle.

Norwich’s Nate Murphy fell at 132 pounds to Windsor’s Troy Hayes by a major decision of 14-1 while Ashton Jenkins also lost by a major decision with a final of 9-1. Joey Marvin was pinned at 152 pounds in the early seconds of the second period and Robert McIntyre was also pinned by the Black Knights Dave Flora in the first period.

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