WAVERLY – Seeing six of the nine wrestlers that the Purple Tornado brought the to Section IV Class B Qualifier reach the final, all six returned home with championships in their respective weight classes for the second straight year.
Norwich finished with 188 team points and placed second at the qualifier and had all but one wrestler stand on the podium by the end of Saturday’s one-day tournament. Mikey Squires of the Purple Tornado was named the Class B’s Most Outstanding Wrestler with his title win at 170 pounds.
The top five in both the A and B qualifier tournaments will return to action on Saturday at the Broome County Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton for their shot to represent Norwich and Section IV at the New York State Championship tournament at the end of the month.
Winning titles for the Purple Tornado were Max Morris (99), Dante Geislinger (113), Andrew Brown (120), Joey Marvin (152), Mikey Squires (170) and Tyler Rice (285). Taking fourth at 132 pounds was Mason Edwards while Dakota Powers earned a third-place finish at 160 pounds.
All eight place finishers reached the semifinals, however, Edwards fell to an injury that ended his day earlier than expected. Powers was pinned by Windsor’s Dave Flora at the buzzer, sending him into the third/fourth place bout.
Powers quickly rebounded in the next round, pinning Noah Yadlosky of Windsor 30 seconds into the second period.
Sliding right into the semifinals were Morris, Geislinger and Brown as all three received first and second round byes.
Morris then pinned Deposit/Hancock’s Kyle Mead to move into the finals. In the championship bout for 99 pounds, Morris took on Tim Boyce of Susquehanna Valley. The Norwich youngster needed just the first period to claim his first Class B title, pinning Boyce at 1:47.
Geislinger also earned his championship with back-to-back pins in his only two matches of the day. First, the Tornado senior defeated Ethan Dibble in the second period of the semifinals, winning by pinfall at 3:18. Then the two-time New York State Champion needed just 1:17 to defeat Andrew Hatch of Moravia for his fifth Section IV class title.
Norwich’s Brown picked up his first Class B championship of his career, winning a tough finals match over a familiar foe from Windsor. Troy Hayes and Brown matched up for the second time this season – the first meeting took place in the consolation finals match of the Southern Tier Athletic Championships two weeks ago.
Following up the 7-2 decision win from the STAC tournament, Brown earned a 4-0 decision with two takedowns against Hayes. The Purple Tornado junior reached the finals with a pin at the end of the first period, beating Deposit/Hancock’s Hunter Couse.