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CL places sixth at wrestling tourney

January 21, 2016
Westfield Republican

By Cody Crandall

FALCONER - After a victory over Randolph earlier in the season, Falconer wrestling coach Drew Wilcox talked about how happy he was with the team dynamic that has surrounded the Golden Falcons this year.

Friday and Saturday at the Patrick J. Morales Memorial Wrestling Tournament, that team dynamic for Falconer was on display again.

The Golden Falcons utilized six first-place finishes, one second- and third-place finish, two fourth-place finishes and a sixth-place finish en route to convincingly claiming the team title with 244 points.

Falconer was followed by Harbor Creek in second place with 217.50 points, while Brockway wound up in third-place with 162.50 points.

Among other local teams that had successful weekends, Randolph kept building momentum after a huge win against Maple Grove earlier in the week with a fifth-place finish with 135 total points.

Chautauqua Lake was sixth with 127 points, Jamestown placed seventh with 101 points, Dunkirk/Silver Creek finished ninth with 92 points and Maple Grove rounded out the top 10 with 81 points.

Jacob Peru continued his outstanding season for Falconer, when he picked up an impressive 11-0 major decision over Jamestown's Brandyn Whitacre at 182 pounds in Saturday's finals. Not only did Peru claim the individual title in his weight class, but he also picked up his 95th career pin earlier in the tournament, which broke the old school record of 94.

"Peru is really turning it on," said Wilcox following the conclusion of the tournament. "He's wrestling head and shoulders above everyone else locally right now."

Other wrestlers who came through with titles for the Golden Falcons were Dylan Ingrao, who won via a 7-4 decision over Eisenhower's Spencer Head at 145 pounds; Cameron Page (138 pounds), who defeated Dunkirk/Silver Creek's Billy Seiders courtesy of a 9-1 major decision; Scott Green (152 pounds), who came out on top with a 8-5 decision in a tough match against Clarion's Prince Brooks; Corey Keefe (170 pounds), who recorded an 8-4 decision over Brockway's Garret McClintick; and Seth Abbey (220 pounds), who went to extra time with Jamestown's Noah Turzillo, but managed to dig deep for a 2-1 victory.

"We definitely didn't think we were going to have six champs," Wilcox added. "Six is probably the most we've ever had so we are obviously pleased with that. ... We've got to just keep on rolling. We are wrestling well right now."

Jeff Fishgold (99 pounds) placed second for the Golden Falcons after going 3-1 throughout the tournament; Dan Torres finished third after a 4-1 weekend at 152 pounds and Jordan Dustin (120 pounds) and Mike Raynor (132 pounds) both ended up fourth.

Marcus Evans (99 pounds) was the lone first-place finisher for Randolph and he picked up a victory in the finals courtesy of an injury default. Dakota Parkhurst turned in a 3-1 weekend for the Cardinals and placed second at 120 pounds after falling to Brockway's Ryan Carlson in the finals, while teammates Matt Evans (113 pounds) and Marshall Johnson (170 pounds) both wound up third in their respective weight classes.

For Chautauqua Lake, Jake Seaburg (106 pounds) placed the highest of any Thunderbird, when he advanced all the way to the finals before finally bowing out to Warren's Jimmy Kramer. Bryce Rowe (126 pounds) claimed third place when he took down teammate Derek Ecklund with a 7-2 decision.

"I think we are getting some solid performances," said Chautauqua Lake head coach Brad Rowe. "I think we still have some work to do. We had some ups and downs this weekend, but hopefully we can fix what we need to by the postseason."

Jamestown was led by second-place finishes from both Whitacre (182 pounds) and Turzillo (220 pounds).

"(Abbey and Turzillo) have seen each other three times now, they're pretty evenly matched," said Jamestown coach Matt Langworthy. "Seth rode him out pretty tough and that's what it takes to win in double overtime. We are happy with (Brandyn). He lost to Jake Peru, who is great and is having such a great year, but we are happy with his effort."

In addition for the Red Raiders, Seth MacTavish (120 pounds) came in third, while teammate Justin Conklin was fourth at 106 pounds.

"We're still very young," explained Langworthy. "But, I think that we have taken a lot of steps this year and we will continue to get better. I think that coming in seventh place is something to build on."

Nick Jones of Dunkirk/Silver Creek was the top wrestler at 285 pounds, while the Marauders' Alex Jones (285 pounds) and Seiders (138 pounds) ended their solid weekends with second-place finishes. Also for the Marauders, Alton Ingram (160 pounds) concluded his tournament in fourth-place.

The Maple Grove Red Dragons turned in a respectable performance, despite missing AJ Putt, Brad Bihler and Shane and Ryan Hetrick, who were all competing at the Eastern States Wrestling Classic at Sullivan County Community College.

Brody Nolan (195 pounds) worked his way to the finals before falling to Clarion's Zach Sintobin. Also for the Red Dragons, Zak Trim (152 pounds), Alex Lai (170 pounds) and Mitch Sandberg (195 pounds) all found their way to the podium after placing fourth.

Southwestern ended up 14th in the team standings with 41 points. The Trojans were led by a third-place finish from Giuseppe Hoose at 138 pounds and a fourth-place finish from Dominic Certo at 99 pounds.

NOTES: Louie Head of Eisenhower was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament after claiming the title at 160 pounds. Head defeated Brockway's Cody McClintick in the finals after a 12-4 major decision.

Team Standings

Falconer - 244

Harbor Creek - 217.50

Brockway - 162.50

Clarion - 150

Randolph - 135

Chautauqua Lake - 127

Jamestown - 101

Warren - 98

Dunkirk - 92

Maple Grove - 81

Sweet Home - 76

Eisenhower - 69

Springville Griffith - 47

Southwestern - 41

Falconer B - 21.50

Catt-Little Valley - 7

Salamanca - 6

Frewsburg - 5


99: Marcus Evans (Randolph) over Jeff Fishgold (Falconer), injury default.

106: Jimmy Kramer (Warren) d. Jake Seaburg (Chautauqua Lake), 8-6.

113: Mitchell Overbeck (Brockway) d. Nick Oosterkamp (Harbor Creek), 3-2.

120: Ryan Carlson (Brockway) md. Dakota Parkhurst (Randolph), 17-3.

126: Sam Sallot (Harbor Creek) p. Anthony Pilot (Sweet Home), 1:21.

132: Mason Lindenmuth (Brockway) md. Alex Smith (Harbor Creek), 12-2.

138: Cameron Page (Falconer) md. Billy Seiders (Dunkirk/Silver Creek), 9-1.

145: Dylan Ingrao (Falconer) d. Spencer Head (Eisenhower), 7-4.

152: Scott Green (Falconer) d. Prince Brooks (Clarion), 8-5.

160: Louie Head (Eisenhower) md. Cody McClintick (Brockway), 12-4.

170: Corey Keefe (Falconer) d. Garret McClintick (Brockway), 8-4.

182: Jacob Peru (Falconer) md. Brandyn Whitacre (Jamestown), 11-0.

195: Zach Sintobin (Clarion) d. Brody Nolan (Maple Grove), 7-2.

220: Seth Abbey (Falconer) d. Noah Turzillo (Jamestown), 2-1.

285: Nick Jones (Dunkirk) p. Alex Jones (Dunkirk), 3:46.



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