Feb 16, 2014 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Fayetteville-Manlius wrestler Pat Quinlan did not have to possess a long memory to carry plenty of motivation into Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena.
All Quinlan had to do was look back one week, to a stunning 10-9 defeat to CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Matt Lauro, in the Class AA 132-pound final.
It was Quinlan’s second loss of the season after a 36-1 start, and knowing that a rematch was possible in the sectional meet, Quinlan was burning for payback.
As it worked out, Quinlan and Lauro did meet again, this after Quinlan took out Anthony Inman (Whitesboro) 8-0 and pinned Austin Coleman (Oswego) in 1:59, while Lauro pinned teammate Dustin Harris in 3:09 and got away from West Genesee’s Adae Badwan 13-4 in the semifinals.
But this night would belong to F-M’s all-time leader in wins, as Quinlan used a series of deft takedowns to pull away and beat Lauro, 11-4, clinching an automatic berth in the Feb. 28-March 1 state meet at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Of course, Quinlan was not the Hornets’ only champion of the night. Tristan Broddus, the top seed at 145 pounds, came through with a title.
Broddus, 33-7 on the season, beating CBA/J-D’s Lucas Rowe 10-0 and stopping Fulton’s Collin Flynn 8-4 before a tough final with Central Square’s Blake Engebretsen, which was in doubt until a last-second takedown clinched a 6-2 decision and sectional title.
By contrast, CBA/J-D’s Ben Honis had no equal at 195 pounds. He took just 13 seconds to pin Alex Bowen (Baldwinsville) and 1:53 to pin Mark Williamson (Liverpool) in the semifinals before a title bout with F-M’s Chris Bortel, who had pinned Oswego’s Austin Piazza in his semifinal midway through the third period.
Wasting little time, Honis used a spectacular move at the end of the first period to pin Bortel in 1:57, improving his mark to 30-1 as Bortel fell to 20-12.
Up at 170 pounds, F-M’s Tim Byrnes made his way to the finals, beating CBA/J-D’s George Kassis in a technical fall and pinning Carthage’s Bryce Reed in the semifinals in 3:30, only to run into Indian River’s Sonny McPherson in the finals and take an 11-2 defeat.
All told, CBA/J-D had three runner-up finishes as it claimed fifth place in the team standings. Matt Griffin, at 99 pounds, was one of them, pinning Brian Burdick (Whitesboro) and Marcelino Aponte (Carthage) in 4:12, but running into New Hartford’s Kelan McKenna and taking a first-period fall.
Mark Friske was the no. 2 seed at 182 pounds, and he pinned Noah Gates (Fulton) in 4:29 and Landon Slawson (Whitesboro) in 2:28, only to run into Baldwinsville’s Gunnar Sutphen in the finals and, despite an all-out effort, took a 6-2 defeat.
Also for CBA/J-D, Cole Murphy was fourth at 126 pounds, falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Nick Toutant (Indian River), as teammate Arsen Bagiryan was sixth in that same weight class. David Sayre lost in the 220-pound quarterfinals to B’ville’s Joe Nasoni.
Luke Rufo gave the Hornets a sixth-place finish at 138 pounds, where CBA/J-D’s Jake Wright lost in the quarterfinals. Will Khallil (106 pounds) fell in the quarterfinals to top seed Tucker Amato (Indian River) with a second-period pin. Ben Nosovitch (99) lost in the opening round.
East Syracuse-Minoa’s Alex Moss, at 170 pounds, lost quarterfinals, but beat CBA/J-D’s George Kassis 4-3 in the consolation bracket, and also topped James Bailey (Fulton) 3-0 on his way to a fourth-place finish. Jeff Loder lost in the opening round at 132, where Quinlan prevailed.