5 wrestlers turn tables on 11 to win state title
King, Suhr, Kurlander win individual titles
Gary Fallesen, Democrat and Chronicle
March 4,1984) - Syracuse - Section 5 evened a year-old score last night
with its downstate wrestling rival from Long Island.
King of Canandaigua, John Suhr of Spencerport and Brian Kurlander of
Brighton each captured individual titles to help the Rochester area's
high school wrestling team take the New York State Intersectional Tournament
championship from Section 11 (Suffolk County), 207-185.
11 came from behind in last year's state meet to edge two-day leader
Section 5 for team honors. Such was not the case last night at Onondaga
County War Memorial.
always Section 11," King said after becoming Section 5's second
two-time state champion with a 6-4 decision over Darrin Cummings of
Smithtown East (Section 11) in the 126-pound final. "Last year
we had them and they came back. That just ticked me off."
it irritated a few of King's intersectional teammates as well. Seven
of Section 5's eight finalists were members of last year's second-place
and Kurlander both were runners-up last year.
ripped us off last year and I was one of the parts of the losing end,"
Kurlander said after gaining the 155-pound title with a 4-2 decision
over Ron LaSora of Bay Shore (Section 11).
state title was the first-ever by a Brighton wrestler.
also avenged his second-place finish and won his school's third title
with a 3-2 decision over John Barrett of Peru in Section 7 (Champlain
told myself, 'This is the last six minutes of my high school career,
I've got to go nuts,'" Suhr said. "It's the perfect way to
end it... with a state championship."
joined Section 5's other two-time champion, Frank D'Angelis, as a Spencerport
titlist. He finished his career with a 116-114 record.
Hibbard (98 pounds) and Paul Lamphier (105) of Canandaigua and East
Rochester's Chris Schojan (177) repeated as second-place finishers.
All three are juniors.
Quinn of ER, Section 5's other finalist, finished his career with a
118-34-1 record and a second-place state finish. He lost in the 132-pound
final to Joe Plante of Brentwood (Section 11), 5-0.
when Plante failed to pin Quinn, Section 5 clinched its second team
title in 16 years. Rochester's team of 14 took a 17 1/2-point lead over
Section 6 (Buffalo area) and a 22-point advantage over Section 11 into
the finals. Section 5 has the most finalists of any team, while 11 had
seven and 6 had one. Section 6 finished third with 183 1/2 points.
don't take a back seat to anybody," said Pittsford's Ernie DiBella,
who won one of Section 5's first individual titles in 1969 and coached
167-pound junior Peter Zajkowski to a second-place finish last night.
"We're the best in the state. (Sections) 8 and 11 are still good,
but they don't dominate anymore."
5 has come a long way from its intersectional infancy when in 1968 it
finished ninth out of 10 teams.
were new at it and we were kind of in awe of it," said DiBella,
who placed third as a junior before winning the 167-pound title in 1969.
won its first team title in 1981, then finished fifth in '82 before
placing second last year.
year's three individual titles make the number of state champions produced
in the Greater Rochester area 24.
think Section 5 can compete with anybody," East Rochester Coach
Don Quinn said. "Credit that to schools who go out and go to war.
Canandaigua is not afraid of anyone and we're not afraid to go anyplace.
I think other schools are opening up more and more, too."
said the lessons learned by wrestling the best competition available
clearly were evident in Lamphier's 6-4 semifinal decision over 105-pound
defending champion Brett Penrith of Union-Endicott in Section 4 (Binghamton
wasn't a bit worried about him," said Quinn. "He knows he
wrestled better kids than that other kid did. That's a big advantage."
who lost to Penrith in last year's final, rallied from a 3-0 deficit
with a take down and a near fall in the second period. He then expended
his lead in the third period.
victory earned Lamphier, a junior, a return to the final.
the state's all-time winningest wrestler with a 168-11-1 career record,
placed for the fifth time in intersectional competition. But it took
a single-leg takedown with :12 remaining to defeat Cummings.
was just thinking, 'Am I going to win?" and you can't do that,"
said King. "There was tremendous pressure. I was so uptight. But
now that it's over it's a big relief."
was one of five Canandaigua wrestlers to place. In addition to Butch
Hibbard and Lamphier, Mike Locagnato (91) and Joe Hibbard (112) were
C.C. Grant also finished fifth at 215.