Jan 21, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
While the Vernon Verona Sherrill wrestling team always possessed talent, the question of desire was still somewhat open prior to last Wednesday night’s Tri-Valley League first-place showdown at Holland Patent.
Any of those questions were answered in an emphatic way, though, as the Red Devils used some unexpected pins from injured wrestlers to serve as the springboard for a 36-31 victory over the Golden Knights.
More than 200 fans looked on as VVS opened at 112 pounds in the best way possible, Dylan Kavanaugh pinning Israel Rivera in 52 seconds.
Two matches later, Joe Tiller, despite an injured knee, went out at 125 pounds and, down 2-0 going into the third period, rallied to pin Todd Stevens with three seconds left — this after Stevens beat Tiller in the CNY Tournament four days earlier.
Dan Walts (130 pounds) pinned George VanDresar in 3:29, and David Rathbun (140 pounds) beat Dalton Devine 11-5. The teams continued to swap victories, Lane Frost (152 pounds) keeping the Red Devils in front as he pinned Tyler Mytych in 1:27.
Still, the issue was in doubt until the Mieczkowski brothers went to work. Going first, Alex Mieczkowski (171 pounds) beat Ryan Kessler 6-0, and Nick Mieczkowski (189 pounds) followed by clinching the match as he pinned Mike Kurdziolek in 1:20.
This gave the Red Devils a lot of momentum going into Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet, held at Cicero-North Syracuse.
But as the draw went, VVS had to meet two-time defending champion Phoenix in the first round — and the Red Devils were overwhelmed in a 63-8 defeat to the Firebirds.
Phoenix proved itself by winning each of the first 11 matches, eight of them by pins. VVS got shut out until Kavanaugh, at 125, beat Steve Denbleyker 7-3 in advance of Dan Walts closing things out with a 16-0 technical fall of Rowdy Prior.
As for Phoenix, it went on to lose in the semifinals to Fulton, who in turn dropped the championship match to South Jefferson as the Spartans won its first-ever sectional dual meet.
As this went on, Oneida, in its only action of the week, rolled past Camden 51-6, a meet where Matt Fisher (135 pounds), Lon Palmer (145), Don Janovski (152) and Richard Felt-Cooper (189) all claimed forfeits.
On the mat, Connor Russ (103 pounds) pinned Dennis Hilts in 1:05 and Jake Starozak (171 pounds) took 1:10 to finish off Kevin Davis. Connor Lomonaco, at 140, earned his pin over Collin McDaniels in 1:44.
Joe Casella had the closest match, holding off Tom Confre 10-8 at 125 pounds as Nick Hopkins (119) beat Natalio McCormic 5-2 and Steve Ellsworth, at 160, earned a 7-4 win over Tony Sanganetti.
Chittenango lost Wednesday to Mexico 58-7, only getting two titles. They came when Wes Blanding, at 130, beat Jacob Woolson 10-2 and John Regan (135) edged A.J. Cimilluca 2-0. Otherwise, the Tigers beat the Bears in every match.
But the Bears recovered Friday to beat New Hartford 36-30, getting five different forfeits to Rudy Farsaci (130), Regan, Dan Naugle (152), Jacob Jayson (160) and Brian Periello (171) to accont for most of its points.
Nic Bacon did wrestle, at 145 pounds, and beat Chris Broccoli 10-5, while Cody Cabrerry (103) emerged to beat Dan Fancett 11-6. Gunnar Brooks (119) and Brad Phelps (125) both lost one-point decisions — Brooks to Brandon Delmonte 5-4, Phelps to Jack Mulvilhill 8-7.