Athletes take home medals from Empire Games

A long string of top local athletes battled for medals during last week's 31st edition of the Empire State Games in Binghamton and other parts of the Southern Tier- and some of them met with success.

Thousands of competitors from six regions (Central, Western, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island) battled in more than two dozen sports. Here is how the local athletes fared.


Central's open men's team won the gold medal at SUNY-Binghamton, with a whole host of local players in starring roles.

Mawuena Agbossoumonde, John Pelligra (both from CBA), Marcel Perl, Dan Perl (both from Jamesville-DeWitt) and Dan McGowan (Manlius-Pebble Hill) all took part as Central went 3-0 in preliminary-round action, then beat New York City 2-0 for the championship on Sunday.

On the women's side, Danielle Kennedy (Fayetteville-Manlius) and her Central scholastic women's team took the bronze medal, beating Long Island 1-0 for that honor and finishing 3-1 overall. Current MPH player Jon Mangram played on the Central scholastic men's team that lost the bronze-medal game to New York City 2-1. Christina Harrison (J-D) was with Central's open women, who finished 0-3.


Dustin Moss became the latest East Syracuse-Minoa wrestler to earn an ESG gold medal in scholastic competition at SUNY-Binghamton's West Gym, repeating his victory from 2007.

Moss, in the Greco-Roman division 165-pound final, shut out Central teammate Dan Secor 6-0, 6-0 for the title. This came after Moss got a silver medal in the freestyle portion of 165 pounds, dropping the final to Billy Coggins (Long Island) 1-3, 3-2, 6-0.

Neither Mick Letcher (open division, 152 pounds) nor Matt Letcher (scholastic division, 143 pounds) could medal. Mick finished fourth in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman, while an injury kept Matt out of the Greco-Roman portion of the tournament.

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