Jan 19, 2014 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
After the Cazenovia wrestling team had a strong fifth-place finish at its own invitational meet on Jan. 11, it had to get back into routine business within the OHSL Liberty division.
And that business proved challenging when long-time power Phoenix visited Buckley Gym last Wednesday night. While the Lakers had plenty of fine individual moments, it could not overcome the lack of a full roster in a 47-30 defeat to the Firebirds.
Under coaching legend Gene Mills, Phoenix has turned out a series of great wrestlers in recent years, but graduated two state champions (Nick Tighe and Rowdy Prior) a season ago.
It’s proved more of a struggle this winter for the Firebirds, who were coming off a busy weekend that included a defeat to Fulton and a win over Holland Patent. Still, Phoenix had a wrestler in all 15 weight classes, something Cazenovia couldn’t match.
As a result, the Lakers had to forfeit four bouts, adding up to 24 points, which meant that, though it won six of the 11 contested bouts, it still took the defeat.
Brad Lucas, at 285 pounds, got a 53-second pin over Derrick Button, while Mike Nourse (170 pounds) pinned Tyler Worden at the end of the first period. At 99 pounds, Jacob Wells took just 1:13 to finish off Brandon Morrison, while Hayden Polhamus (195 pounds) pinned Derrick Powell in 1:38.
Elsewhere, Paul McGlaughlin (132 pounds) shut out Austin Dristle 6-0, while Mike Marshall won a tough 160-pound bout over Jesse Duncan 6-4. Will Shephard (106 pounds) fell to Ryan Dolbear 7-2 as Logan Staiger, at 220 pounds, lost to Austin Wirth 9-4.
Still at home Friday, Cazenovia faced Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central and, on Senior Night, prevailed over the Eagles by a score of 53-27.
Four different Lakers earned pins, including Zack Maxwell (113 pounds), who took just 41 seconds to finish off Ashanti Gethers, and Carter Biviano (120 pounds), who got his fall over Egal Adan in 51 seconds.
Polhamus moved up to 220 pounds and got a fall over Victor Palmer-Ortiz. Brian Silfer (182 pounds) pinned Nahjir Dean in 3:44, while Phillips settled for a 15-0 technical fall over Charles Hunter as Nourse beat Bernard McMillan 7-1 and McGlaughlin edged Naseem Fielder 6-4. Wells and Shephard both claimed forfeits.
Chittenango, who also wrestled at the Cazenovia Invitational (and finished eighth), took on Cortland last Wednesday night, and also met with defeat, falling 45-31 to the Purple Tigers.
They started at 145 pounds, where the Bears’ Will Young just missed a technical fall, but beat Russ Gerhard 17-3, but Cortland took the next three bouts to move in front for good.
Aside from Antonio Cutrie (182) edging Chace Bentley 8-5 and Casey Placito (220) pinning Marcus Minx in 2:45, the Bears struggled, forced to forfeit bouts in the three lightest weight classes to put the match out of reach.
Still, Chittenango finished strong, as Alex Miller (120) held off Jacob Smith 4-2 before Wyatt Blanding (126) pinned Ian George in 1:56. Connor Fredericks got a third-period fall over 132-pound opponent Drew Towers as Matt Bixby (138) stopped Alec Edwards 6-3.