Coolican, Wady, Bishop third at sectionals

A whole slew of top local high school wrestlers went down the road to Utica Memorial Auditorium to compete in last Saturday's Section III championship meet.

West Genesee and Solvay were in Division I, as the Wildcats finished 13th in the team standings with 44 points and the Bearcats got 16 points. Fulton held off Indian River, 175 points to 171.5, for the top spot.

For the Wildcats, Ian Coolican, the no. 3 seed at 112 pounds, beat Nate Hathaway (Liverpool) 8-1, but lost a close semifinal to New Hartford's Brandon DelConte 4-2.

But Coolican recovered to take third place, pinning John Hudson (Vernon Verona Sherrill) and getting a 2-0 win over Cicero-North Syracuse's Tony Battista in the consolation bracket final to move his season record to 29-4.

Heitham Wady, at 145 pounds, also got third place. He beat Kyle Toney (Mexico) in the first round and won his quarterfinal when James Segars (CNS) got hurt.

In a close semifinal against eventual champion Derek Eason (Liverpool), Wady had chances, but lost a tough 3-1 decision. He then shut out Jeff Evanciew (Whitesboro) 9-0 and took out Nick Woodworth (Fulton) 6-1 to win the consolation bracket.

In that same 145-pound category, Erik Krohl lost to Eason in the quarterfinals, then went 2-1 in consolation matches, ultimately beating Evanciew 5-1 for fifth place.

Luke Mersfelder (171 pounds) lost in the first round, as did Logan Dirk (103 pounds), Matt Nicholas (160 pounds) and Connor Grome at 119 pounds.

Solvay's Connor Cosgrove had an adventure at 215 pounds, holding off Robert Ashwood (Indian River) 7-5 in the quarterfinals before a semifinal defeat to the eventual winner, Fulton's D.J. Ingham. Cosgrove did beat Jacob Forster (Rome Free Academy) 4-1 to claim fifth place.

Mike Warne went 0-2 at 152 pounds, while Mitch Anthony, at 135, beat Corcoran's Kyle Gabriel 17-5 before a quarterfinal defeat to IR's Matt Gray. Tyler Avery lost in the 130-pound opening round.

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