GRAPPLING GALORE AT VVS INVITATIONAL-LOCALS EXCEL
Central Valley’s Laken Cook (top) works on VVS’ Sean Galla in a 138 pound bout.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
Twenty one schools, many of them State ranked, representing Sections 2,3 and 4 converged upon Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School on Saturday for the annual Central New York Wrestling – VVS Invitational.
After a couple of hundred matches, in fifteen weight classes from 99 lbs. to 285 lbs., it was the Tigers of Mexico who won the team title, with 182.5 points.
One third of the fifteen title bouts included Mexico Wrestlers. VVS sent four, Central Valley three, while Camden, Dolgeville and Whitesboro each placed two wrestlers into the championship round.
Camden’s strong team finish was propelled by five of its wrestlers reaching the semi-final round.
Central Valley Academy, undefeated in dual meets this season and ranked 19th in the most recent state poll for small schools, took home titles in the 138 lb. and 195 lb. weight classes.
Laren Cook defeated Sean McKenna of New Hartford, by a score of 5-0 at 138, while brother Landry Cook knocked off Thad Casler of Camden, 12-8, at 195.
Whitesboro also brought home two individual titles. Jeff Marraffa brought top honors home for the Warriors in the 120 lb. weight class, out maneuvering Zach Ruggles of Marcellus by a score of 5-2.
Tyler Hudson won the 250 lb. championship with a 7-2 decision over Chris Dunn, also a Marcellus Mustang.
VVS’ Lane Frost, the defending Section III Champion at 182 lbs., earned his 100th career victory on Saturday, despite losing his final match to Kasey Foster.
The “CNY Tournament”, as it is commonly known to wrestlers and fans represents the midpoint of the season.
From this point, wrestlers will begin the final push toward Class and Section titles, which are decided in February.
|99||Austin O’Reilly (Mexico) dec CJ Walz (Central Valley) 2-1|
|106||Chris Cirigliano (BGAH) dec Theo Powers (Mexico) 8-1|
|113||Ben Hood (Marcellus) dec Hunter Howland (Mexico) 8-4|
|120||Jeff Marraffa (Whitesboro) dec Zach Ruggles (Marcellus) 5-2|
|126||Nick Nedeluc (Warrensburg) pin Bryce Cipollone (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 2:43|
|132||Austin Whitney (Mexico) maj dec Jette Collins (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 11-0|
|138||Laken Cook (Central Valley) dec Sean McKenna (New Hartford) 5-0|
|145||Jamie Griswold (BGAH) dec John Mazza (Central Valley) 4-3|
|152||Simon Breckenridge (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) pin Andrew Bikowski (Morrisville-Eaton) 1:00|
|160||Trevor Allard (Mexico) dec Richard Lyon (Dolgeville) 3-2|
|170||Triston Engle (Dolgeville) pin Jacob Woolson (Mexico) 4:54|
|182||Kasey Foster (Dolgeville) pin Lane Frost (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 2:51|
|195||Landry Cook (Central Valley) dec Thad Casler (Camden) 12-8|
|220||Tyler Hudson (Whitesboro) dec Christopher Dunn (Marcellus) 7-2|
|285||Tyler Havener (Oneida) pin Ian Radell (Camden) 4:36|