Bears claim team title
WINDSOR — Chris Cirigliano’s title at 113 pounds was expected, Ben Bivar’s win at 138 pounds was a mild surprise, and Dylan Mondore’s championship at 220 pounds was probably a longshot bet at the outset.
The three Bears wrestlers earned spots on top of the podium with championship victories at the 59th Annual Windsor Christmas Tournament.
That trio carried B-G/A/H to a 38-point victory in overall team scoring easily outdistancing runner-up Vestal. The Bears polled 160.5 points, while Vestal scored 122.5.
Norwich, standing in second place after the first day, fell to seventh with 101 points.
“It was night and day between the first day and the second day,” said Norwich coach Bob Hagenbuch. “We had five guys in the semifinals, and we knew we could go 5-0 or 0-5. And the (latter) was how it went. Every match was tough, and we knew that going in. We lost some close matches that we need to find a way to finish.”
It was also the first time in several years that the Tornado did not walk away with a tournament champion at the prestigious tournament.
“We train too hard to place seventh and it’s definitely disappointing and an eye-opener,” Hagenbuch said.
Cirigliano, third in the state the past two years, outpointed his Homer opponent in the championship, 5-0.
Bivar, the third seed, beat Deposit-Hancock’s 7-4 in the finals, while
Mondore, the fourth seed, beat the top seed and the second seed to earn his hardware.
Sherburne-Earlville senior Jack Buell was the only other Chenango County wrestler to win a championship.
Buell, third in the state at 195 pounds last year, pinned his way to a championship. Buell stuck his opponent from Vestal in the finals in just 1:24.
Team scores: BGAH, 160.5; Vestal, 122.5; Dep-Hancock, 119; Huntington, 116; Indian River, 115.5; Towanda, 109.5; Norwich, 101; Canandaigua, 75; Tioga, 69; Sherburne-Earlville, 63. Greene (13th), 56.5; Oxford (18th), 42.
99: Patterson (IR) dec. Worthing (T), 5-1. 106: AJ Burkhart dec. Lamb (T), 12-4. 113: Chris Cirigliano (B) dec. Cline (Homer), 5-0. 120: Dean Raymond (DH) dec. Dwyer (Hunt), 7-0. 126: Amato (IR) dec. Ty Rifanburg (N), 3-2. 132: Brandon Gould (WG) dec. Mock (Hunt), 5-3. 138: Ben Bivar (B) dec. Colby Hall (DH) 7-4. 145: Disanto (Col) pinned S. Hoover (B), 3:38. 152: Curreri (LESW) dec. Coffey (Wal), 7-1. 160: JP Puca (Hunt) d. Austin Carr (B) by fall, 4:09. 170: S. McPherson (IR) dec. Jeffries (Can), 4-2. 182: Chedzoy (WG) dec. Morgans (LESW), 4-1 (OT). 195: Jack Buell (SE) pinned DeGroat (V), 1:24. 220: Dylan Mondore (B) pinned Hotchkiss (Homer), 1:23. 285: Zach Gifford (DH) pinned Kordell Huntley (Ox), 5:17.
Most Outstanding Wrestler: J.P. Puca, Huntington.
Sportsmanship Award: Isaac Cline, Homer.
WINDSOR – Chenango County teams occupy the top two spots in team scoring after the first day of the 59th Annual Windsor Christmas Tournament.
B-G/A/H and Norwich are one and two respectively with the Bears tallying 64 points and Norwich just 1 1/2 points back at 61 in the 29-team field.
Below are first-day results of the 59th Annual Windsor Christmas Tournament. Due to the expected inclement weather, semifinals and wrestlebacks begin at 11 a.m. with the finals slated for a 5 p.m. start.
Team scores: BGAH, 64; Norwich, 61.5; Indian River, 60.5; Deposit-Hancock, 60; Huntington, 52.5; Canandaigua, 43; Vestal, 43; Towanda, 37.5; Sherburne-Earlville, 37; Tioga, 30; Liberty, 29.5; Colonie, 29; Homer, 28; Greene, 24; Sus Valley, 24; Walton, 24; Saratoga Springs, 20.5; Windsor, 20.5; Whitney Point, 19; Watkins Glen, 18.5; Oxford, 18; U-E, 17.5; Unatego, 15; Spencer-Van Etten, 13.5; Waverly, 13.5; Chenango Forks, 13; Corning, 7.5; Lansing, 4.
Chenango County Semifinalists by Weight Class
(seed listed next to name)
99: Eli Rodriguez (1), Norwich. 106: none. 113: Chris Cirigliano (1), B-GAH. 120: Dalen Geislinger (2), Norwich. 126: Ty Rifanburg (4), Norwich. 132: none. 138: Cole Rifanburg (2), Norwich; Ben Bivar (3), BGAH. 145: Nick Murphy (unseeded), Norwich; Shane Hoover (unseeded), BGAH. 152: Nate Banks (4), Greene; Hunter Owen (6), S-E; Madison Hoover (2), BGAH. 160: Austin Carr (2), BGAH. 170: none. 182: Braxton Howell (3), Greene. 195: Jack Buell (1), S-E. 220: Dylan Mondore (4), BGAH. 285: Kordell Huntley (1), Oxford.
Preview and seedings
WINDSOR – Below are the top-four seeds for the 59th Annual Windsor Christmas Tournament scheduled for today and tomorrow at Windsor High School.
B-G/A/H, Norwich, Oxford, and Sherburne-Earlville all had wrestlers garner top seeds for the longest running high school wrestling tournament in the state.
The Bears’ Chris Cirigliano is the top seed at 113 pounds; Norwich’s Eli Rodriguez is first at 99 pounds; Oxford’s Kordell Huntley is pre-tourney favorite at 285 pounds; while Sherburne-Earlville senior Jack Buell has the top position at 195 pounds.
Tournament begins today with the first two championship rounds and the first round of wrestlebacks.
(Names listed by order of seed)
99: Eli Rodriguez, Norwich; John Worthing, Tioga; Jake Kimble, Colonie; Erck Griskowitz, Saratoga Springs.
106: AJ Burkhart, Waverly; Tristan Biviano, Saratoga Springs; Zayne Benedict, Vestal; Caleb Robinson, Walton.
113: Chris Cirigliano, BGAH; Isaac Cline, Homer; Corey Swartz, Windsor; Devin Todd, Dep-Hanco.
120: Jordan Sartin, Saratoga Springs; Dalen Geislinger, Norwich; Dean Raymond, Dep-Hancock; Ethan Dwyer, Huntington.
126: John Arceri, Huntington; Derek Osman, Vestal; Tucker Amato, Indian River; Grant Gannon, U-E.
132: Brandon Gould, Watkins Glen; Kyle Mock, Huntington; Paddy Lupole, Sus Valley; Stephan Colbert, Indian River.
138: Dylan Wood, Walton; Cole Rifanburg, Norwich; Ben Bivar, BGAH; Colby Hall, Dep-Hancock.
145: Max Kilmer, Vestal; Nate Grubham, Whitney Point; Trevor Stiles, Dep-Hancok; Bailey VanVleet, Corning.
152: Noah Curreri, LESW; Madison Hoover, BGAH; Steven Yates, Towanda, Nate Banks, Greene.
160: Joe Puca, Huntington; Dawson Beers, Walton; Austin Carr, BGAH; Taylor Pfaff, Colonie.
170: Sonny McPherson, Indian River; Dayton Wickwire, Towanda; Thad Jeffries, Canandaigua; Matt DePersis, Sus Valley.
182: Kevin Morgans, LESW; Ian Chedzoy, Watkins Glen; Braxton Howell, Greene; Garett Sylstra, Oxford.
195: Jack Buell, Sherburne-Earlville; Sean Degroat, Vesal; John Goodell, LESW; Jon Canas Huntington.
220: Will Depaolo, LESW; Dylan Hotchkiss, Homer; Justin Hess, Vestal; Dylan Mondore, BGAH.
285: Kordell Huntley, Oxford; Zach Gifford, Dep-Hancock; Jacob Broder, U-E; Dylan Ashwood, Indian River.