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1983-1984 Articles

New York State Tournament:

Suhr, Kurlander and King
prove they're No. 1

Times Union
Monday, March 5, 1984

Section 5 wrestlers turn tables on
11 to win state title

Democrat and Chronicle
Sunday, March 4, 1984

Suhr Takes State Title
Times Union
Sunday, March 4, 1984

Section 5 is team to beat in state
wrestling tourney

Times Union
Thursday, March 1, 1984

Section V State Qualifier
Suhr, St. George go at it again
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Friday, February 24, 1984 :

Lions-Bernabi Tournament
One thing's sure at Spencerport:
Suhr's a winner

Democrat and Chronicle
December 1983



Section 5 is team to beat in state wrestling tourney
By LEO ROTH, Times Union

(Thursday, March 1,1984) - Spencerport High's John Suhr was a victim of his own enthusiasm in last year's state wrestling tournament. In the finals at 145 as a junior, he gave up a five-point move 20 seconds into the match and wound up losing 7-6.

"I was what you'd call overpumped," Suhr said. "I did a stupid thing right off the bat and got caught... but after going through that, you gain confidence. The experience helps."

The experience of Suhr and six others returning to the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse just may help Section 5 to the team title it last won in 1981. Section 5 is the favorite with Section 11 (Suffolk County) and Section 8 (Nassau County) also considered top contenders.

THE TOURNAMENT begins at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. with the finals at 8 p.m.

"We have the best chance of winning the team title," says Suhr, back at 145 pounds, "but you never know. In the states, anything can happen. Guys tend to come out of nowhere."

At the state level, where there is no such thing as an "easy" match, wrestlers are extra careful climbing a ladder that may have a rung sawed in half.

One wrestler who won't surprise anyone is Section 5's Marty King of Canandaigua, last year's 119-pound state champion who will wrestle this weekend at 126.

King, a senior, will be appearing in his fifth state tournament and some time tomorrow should become the state's all-time winningest wrestler. He is currently tied with Irondequoit's Tony Cotroneo ('81) with 164 wins.

"Getting back there (the state meet) is as big a thrill as the first time," said King after winning last Saturday's Super Sectional title.

Dealing with the record hasn't been a problem for King, the center of a hot recruiting war between hundreds of colleges.

"I knew if I wrestled like I could, it would just come," said King, 33-0 this year. "I knew I wouldn't let myself down."

JOINING KING in Syracuse again are five runners-up. Besides Suhr, they are Canandaigua's Butch Hibbard (98) and Paul Lamphier (105), Brighton's Brian Kurlander (155) and East Rochester's Chris Schojan (177).

The team's other returning member is ER's Tim Quinn (132).

The newcomers include two more of Canandaigua's super lightweights, Mike Locagnato at 91 and Joe Hibbard at 112.

The rest of the team: Brighton's Jon Blauvelt (119), Edison's Mike Cronmiller (138), Pittsford's Pete Zajkowski (167), Williamson's C.C. Grant (215) and Avon's Bill Maher (250). All members are the weight class champions from last week's state qualifier.

SINCE THERE is no seeding of wrestlers, the tournament's draw is very important.

"We could run into a lot of Section 8 kids in the second round and Long Island always has good wrestling," ER Coach Don Quinn said. "But if your kids are tough enough and meet the challenge, we could pick up a lot of points right away."

Of course, the mind games have started.

At 155 pounds, Fulton's Jeff Merritt (32-0), fifth in the state last year, is favored over Kurlander (33-0). Last year, Kurlander beat Merritt 8-7 in the quarterfinals. By the luck of the draw, they meet in the first round tomorrow in what will be the match of the day.

"I'm feeling no pressure at all," Kurlander said. "He's 'seeded' ahead of me. That took all the pressure off me.

MEANWHILE AT 177, ER's Schojan, trimmed down from 215 pounds, is in a rugged class where as many as four people are contenders.

Schojan, 33-0, has handled the heat all season. But it doesn't get easier.

"Every match is still pressure," he said. "You have it every match, you're nervous every match. No one match is easy."

A class-by-class look:

91 pounds - Canandaigua's Mike Locagnato (32-5), a junior, could meet Joe Lofredo (31-1, Baldwinsville-3) in the semis, the winner meeting Ricky Brzozinski (28-0, West Islip-11) in the finals. Darkhorse: Jeff Prescott (27-3, Olean-6).

98- Canandaigua's Joe Hibbard (32-3) has a good draw and should meet Gene McNeil (31-0, Huntington-11) in the finals. McNeil has the rugged half of the bracket with Rick Barone (20-1, Carey High-8) and darkhorse Chip Pettitt 252-2, Baldwinsville-3) to contend with.

105- A wicked weight class with two state champs and a runner-up in it. Last year's 91-pound state champ Richard Pidgeon (26-2, Locust Valley-8) should meet Rob Waddington (32-1-1, Falconer-6) in the upper bracket semis. Down below, returning runner-up Paul Lamphier (29-4) of Canandaigua is looking at a rematch with Bret Penrith (32-2, Union Endicott-4). Penrith beat Lamphier 12-4 in last year's final.

112- Canandaigua's Joe Hibbard has his work cut out, drawing returning champ Jeff Clark (29-0, Voorheesville-2) in the first round. Also in the bracket is Chris Labbate (32-1-1, East Syracuse-3). Best of the other half is Tony Melfi (33-2, Connetquot-11).

119- Brighton's Jon Blauvelt (33-2) is a darkhorse in a balanced weight class. The favorites include Willie Warren (29-0, Freeport-8) and David Cummings (27-0-1, Smithtown East-11) in one half. Steve Brandish (31-3-1, Mexico-3), Treavor Erney (32-2, Maine Endwell-4) and Mike Pisciotta (29-4, New Paltz-9) in the other.

126- The Marty King show. Expect a long standing ovation Saturday night. Possible finalist is Darrin Cummings (29-0, Smithtown East-11)

132- A tough weight class includes runner-up Joe Plante (27-0, Brentwood-11) in upper bracket. ER's Tim Quinn (26-4), solid all year, has to contend with Ron Leder (37-0, Salamanca-6) and Dave Angeleri (29-2-1, Fulton-3) down below. Quinn beat Angeleri 8-6 in dual.

138- Edison's Mike Cronmiller (28-0) could have his biggest challenge in the second round against Mike Arena (28-0, Mempham-8). From there a finals matchup with Tom Becker (33-0, Beaver River-3) is possible.

145- Returning runner-up John Suhr (28-2) of Spencerport is in a good position to advance to the finals. Favored to meet him is Mark Sabo (23-3-1, Grandville-2). Sabo must get past John Barrett (26-0, Peru-7) or Andy Rice (33-1, Lowville-3).

155- The bracket's best meet in the first round - Brighton's Brain Kurlander (33-0) vs. Jeff Merritt (32-0, Fulton-3), another signal the state needs to seed at least the top six wrestlers. Winnner to meet either Reinaldo Garcia (27-1-1, Amsterdam-2) or Todd Freischiat (33-0, Lewisiston Porter-6) in finals.

167- Pittsford's Pete Zajkowski (33-3) may surprise people in very balanced weight class. Zajowksi's top foe is Ken Weinkauf (26-0, Lynbrook-8) in upper bracket. Other finalist could be Paul Bailey (33-1, Nanuet-9) or Jim Ruffelt (32-0, Shoreham-11).

177- A four-man race. The Semifinals could be ER's Chris Schojan (33-0) vs. Craig Linkner (27-0, 25 pins, Rockland Center Southside-8) and Pat Conners (30-1, Baldwinsville-3) vs. Mike Hines (31-0, Queensbury-2).

215- Williamson's C.C. Grant (31-1) has a shot in very balanced weight class. Other contenders are Jeff Ellis (35-0, Clarence-6) and Mike Sanzo (30-1, Elmira Southside-4). Down below are Mike Barrett (28-1, Baldwinsville-3) and Dan Macca (29-1, Irvington-1). Take your pick.

250- Returning runner-up Randy Morrison (26-1, Lowville-3) is a slight favorite. Could meet Avon's Bill Maher (27-5) in the finals. Maher's top obstacle is Larry Iacano (16-3, Sachem-11) in upper bracket.

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