Norwich 2nd at Leo J. Sammon Memorial Tournament
ILION – Norwich put together a team performance more to its liking taking home the second-place team trophy at Saturday’s Leo J. Sammon Memorial Tournament hosted by Central Valley Academy.
Just 11 days earlier Norwich was seventh in the Windsor Christmas Tournament.
“I wouldn’t say this is a bounce-backbecause the caliber of competition at Windsor is so high, but we won the matches we were supposed to win, and we dominated where we were supposed to dominate,” said Norwich coach Bob Hagenbuch. “We just have to get a little better at winning the close matches.”
Of the 11 wrestlers Norwich brought, 10 finished among the top five in their respective weight classes. Six of those grapplers reached the finals with Nick Glanville (106), Ty Rifanburg (126), and Cole Rifanburg (138) nailing down titles.
For Glanville, it was his first tournament championship. “It was a huge step in the right direction for Nick,” Hagenbuch said.
Ty Rifanburg rolled to the 126-pound title. He pinned or tech-falled every opponent, and did not surrender a single point.
“He dominated like he should have, and he looked really strong and quick,” Hagenbuch said of Rifanburg. “He’s really tough on top, he’s scoring, and not just content to ride the kid out.”
Cole Rifanburg picked up a 9-2 decision victory in the finals to bank yet another individual crown.
“We’re starting to peak as a team, and we have a lot of big tournaments coming up,” Hagenbuch said.
Following Wednesday’s home dual meet with Windsor, Norwich has the Eastern States Classic, the Section IV Duals, and the STAC Tournament on the horizon.
Team scores: Central Valley, 184; Norwich, 163; Liverpool, 126.5; Cortland, 123.5; Lowville, 99; RFA, 97; Little Falls 84; Whitesboro, 65; Oneida, 60; Oswego, 46.5; Poland, 36; Mount Markham, 29; Berne-Knox, 21.
99: Jon Charles (CV) dec. Eli Rodriguez (N); 5-2. 106: Nick Glanville (N) pinned Eric Bardo, 3:05. 120: CJ Waltz (CV) dec. Dalen Geislinger (N), 7-1; 126: Ty Rifanburg (N) pinned Dom Dellaposta (Wh), 3:54. 138: Cole Rifanburg (N) dec. Isaiah Brookman, 9-2. 170: Jalen Barron (Liv) pinned Brennan Slater (N), 1:34.
Bears capture Ross Cordell Rotary Tournament
ONEONTA – Coming off its first Windsor Christmas Tournament championship, B-G/A/H captured the Ross Cordell Rotary Tournament team title for the third straight year Saturday evening at Oneonta High School.
The Bears, fielding just 10 wrestlers out of 15 possible weight classes, racked up 207.5 points to top runner-up Burnt Hills by 20.
Also in the 18-team field, Sherburne-Earlville was 10th and Unadilla Valley placed 12th.
“With five open weights for tournaments, we’re doing what we have to do, and that is look for bonus points,” said Bears longtime coach Brandon MacNaught. “We had 40.5 bonus points, and we won by 20. That is what we have to do to compete at a high level. Obviously, due to various circumstances, we are set up to be a better tournament team than a dual meet team.”
The Bears placed seven of their 10 wrestlers in the finals winning three individual championships.
Brody Oleksak won at 99 pounds; Chris Cirigliano captured the 113-pound crown with a decisive pin; and Madison Hoover claimed the 152-pound crown.
Nine of 10 B-G/A/H wrestlers finished among the top four.
Sherburne-Earlville senior Jack Buell continued to steam forward with his unbeaten record intact. Buell rolled to the 195-pound championship with a pin of Levittown’s Ricky Almonte in 2:52.
Team scores (18 teams): BGAH, 207.5; Burnt Hills, 187.5; Levittown, 165; Cob.-Richmondsville, 156; Walton-Delhi, 149. Sherburne-Earlville (10th, 83); Unadilla Valley (12th, 68).
Local results in finals
99: Brody Oleksak (B) dec. Greg Hotaling (C-R), 8-1; 113: Chris Cirigliano (B) pinned Dylan Callahan (Sch), 1:20. 120: Marc Bain (Lev) dec. Cody Ferrara, 8-3; 132: Chris Gramuglia (BH) dec. Kevin Hubbard (B), 7-1. 138: Dylan Wood (Wal) dec. Ben Bivar (B), 8-3; 152: Madison Hoover (B) dec. Brian Bucci (Saug), 20-9. 160: Ricky Stamm (Le) dec. Austin Carr (B), 10-5. 195: Jack Buell (SE) pinned Ricky Almonte (L), 2:52.
Marathon 46, Greene 40
GREENE – Marathon made up a nine-point deficit in the second half to halt Greene’s seven-game winning streak, Saturday night in a non-league contest.
After Katie Carey hit two free throws for Greene to tie the game at 40 late in the fourth, the Olympians finished the game on a 6-0 spurt.
“We had a stretch in the third quarter where we turned it over five times in six possessions,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “We were doing well running, but got a little sloppy and they took advantage.”
Cassidy Marsh hit three three-pointers in the third quarter to bring the Olympians back. Marsh led her team with 17 points, and Megan Contri scored 15.
Carey had 16 points for Greene, but was limited to two free throws in the second half. McKenna Sergi stepped up on the offensive end in the second half scoring all 10 of her points.
Greene hosts Walton on Wednesday.
Marathon: Clark, 4 0-0-8; Bush, 0; Harris, 0; Krebs, 1 1-2-3; Barber 0; Cassidy Marsh, 5 4-6-17; Allen, 1 0-0-2; Megan Contri, 5 5-8-15; Tallman, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 16 11-18-46.
Greene: McKenna Sergi, 4 1-1-10; A. Sands, 1 2-4-4; Montelione, 1 1-2-3; N. Flohr, 1 1-1-3; Platta, 1 0-0-2; K. Carey, 5 4-6-16; E. Smith, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 14 9-14-40.
Mar. 9 9 16 12–46
Gre. 7 12 14 6–40
Three-point goals: (M) Marsh 3. (G) Carey 2, Sergi.
Norwich 46, Chenango Valley 33
NORWICH – The time away from the mat served the Norwich Purple Tornado well.
After dropping the opening match, Norwich reeled off four straight wins to take a 21-6 lead over Chenango Valley en route to Tuesday’s dual meet win at Jack Jones Gymnasium.
“The guys were well rested after an extra day off, they have healed up and are practicing hard,” said Norwich coach Bob Hagenbuch. “The Windsor tournament didn’t go the way we wanted, but we’re back on track.”
Ty Rifanburg (126) kick-started the Tornado with a pin of well regarded Jacob Lehr in 4:19. Zach Mills, Cole Rifanburg, and Nick Murphy added wins — Murphy’s by pin — to turn things around.
“We knew coming in Chenango Valley was a decent team and there would be some tight matches,” Hagenbuch said. “We lost a couple we thought we should have won, but we got some wins where we thought we might not.”
Picking up a clutch win — his first on the varsity level — was Austin Hatton at 160 pounds. Hatton won by decision over Kobe Parks, 5-2.
“We put (Austin in) because we didn’t want to give up a forfeit, and hope to not give up a pin,” Hagenbuch said. “He ends up getting a win for us, which was huge.”
Later on, Mikey Squires (106) clinched the match victory with an 11-3 decision over Nathan Lehr. Squires dropped weight to give Norwich more flexibility with its lineup. “I don’t think (Chenango Valley) saw that coming,” Hagenbuch said of Squires match at 106.
Norwich competes in the Leo J. Sammon Tournament in Ilion on Saturday.
120: Caleb Wiggins (CV) pinned Dalen Geislinger, 5:15. 126: Ty Rifanburg (N) pinned Jacob Lehr, 4:19. 132: Zach Mills (N) dec. D. Goga, 11-1. 138: Cole Rifanburg (N) won by tech fall (16-1) over Brady Hope. 145: Nick Murphy (N) pinned Nathan Aylward, 1:29. 152: Steven Aylward (CV) pinned Dusten Marvin, 3:18. 160: Austin Hatton (N) dec. Kobe Parks, 5-2. 170: Nick Pert (CV) dec. Brennan Slater, 10-9. 182: Shane Follette (CV) won by fft. 195: Jack Riegal (CV) won by fft. 220: Nate Aurelio (CV) pinned Dakota, 1:19: 285: Cole Wiggins (N) won by fft. 99: Eli Rodriguez (N) won by fft. 106 Mike Squires (N) dec. Nathan Lehr, 11-3. 113: Nick Glanville (N) pinned Cameron Lockwood.
Sherburne-Earlville comes off break with shutout win
WATERVILLE – At Waterville Bowling Center, Sherburne-Earlville saw its pin total fall well below its season average, but the Marauders had more than enough to blank undermanned Waterville Tuesday.
Will Philhower and Zach Miles led unbeaten S-E (7-0) with 578 and 575 series’ respectively.
“The guys showed a lot of rust tonight from the long break,” said S-E coach Don Philhower. “The lane conditions were tough, also.”
S-E (2,651): Zach Miles, 226, 575.; Will Philhower, 200, 578.
Waterville (1,502): no honor scores.