Spencerport wins Sect. 5 wrestling
Democrat and Chronicle, By Mark Coley
Sunday, February 23, 1992
The way the contenders were scrambling in the afternoon. you could tell last nights finals of the Section 5 Class A wrestling championships were going to be exciting.
What was certain was the four teams -Spencerport, Greece Athena, Fairport and Canandaigua - would be among the top four at Rush-Henrietta High School.
After that, go figure:
. Athena, ranked fourth in the most recent D&C large school poll, placed five in the finals and none came away with a title.
. Spencerport, the top-ranked large schools team, sent four wrestlers to the finals and mustered two champions.
. Fairport, ranked third, placed four in the finals, and all won. But the Red Raiders.
didn't win the title because they only put two wrestlers in the consolation final, with one placing third.
. And Canandaigua, ranked fourth and the surprise team of the tournament. emerged with two champions, four third place finishers and a fourth.
Despite the wide-open scramble, Spencerport's Rangers prevailed again, wining their fourth consecutive team title with 181 1/2 points.
Canandaigua, fourth through the semifinals and consolation semifinals jumped past Fairport and Greece Athena with 146 points. Athena and Fairport tied for third with 143 1/2.
Spencerport's depth in the consolation bracket proved to be. key to the team title. The Rangers put six wrestlers into consolation final matches, and Tom Heaton (91 pounds) was the lone wrestler to come away with a third place finish.
The title, along with last week's dual meet victory over Athena in the Monroe County Dual Championships. were the results of grueling two- week double sessions in which Coach Bill Jacoutot called one of the hardest in his coaching career.
"I've never been as hard on a team in my 11 years as a coach," said Jacoutot. "We've had good teams, but this is the best comeback team that I've ever coached.
"Our motto this season was 'We don't wish for more than you willing to work for.' Today , they proved that."
No one proved that more than 105-pounder Joe Barbera, who pulled the biggest upset of the tournament by defeating previously unbeaten Dan Nier of Greece Athena.
Nier, the top-ranked wrestler in the state at 105, had jumped out to a 7-2 lead through the first period. In the second period, Barbera used a reversal to close the gap to three points.
An escape by Nier gave him a 8-4 lead but Barbera scored the takedown and two-point near fall with less than :40 remaining to send the match into sudden death overtime, where he hit the winning takedown.
Sirrell Gissendanner, won his second straight sectional title, pinning Brockport's Eric Strafel at 2:57 of the second period the 167-pound class.
The top four wresters in each weight class qualify for next weekend's Section V
SuperSectional state qualifier, scheduled at Webster Junior High School.
SECTION 5 TOURNAMENTS
Class A/At Rush-Henrietta
Final team scoring: Spencerport 181.5 points, Canandaigua 148, Greece Athena 143.5, Fairport 143.5, Brighton 96, Gates Chili 79.5, Brockport 75.5, Irondequoit 75, Hilton 70.5, Webster 56, Penfield 55, McQuaid 52.5, Greece Arcadia 48.5, Marshall 42, Rush-Henrietta 31, Greece Olympia 25.5, Edison 20, Pittsford 10, Churchville-Chili 5. Individual finals and third place matches (top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to next weekend's SuperSectional state qualifier at Webster Jr. High).
91 pounds: Final, John Logan (Penf) dec. Chad Costanza (Gr. Athena) 8-0: Third place, Tom Heaton (Spen) dec. Mark Spitzer (Hil) 12-0; 98:
Final,Andy Gustaferro (Canan) tf. Mike DiPasquale (Hil), 5:08; Third, John Zicari (McQ) dec Steve Hovey (Spen), 1-0; 105: Final, Joe Barbera (Spen) dec Dan Nier (Gr. Athena), 10-8 (ot); Third, Darin Sherer (Canan) dec. Jeff Linder (Web). 10-3; 112: Final, Alex Croog (Bri) dec. Arkee Allen (Iron) 10-4; Third, Todd Allen (Canan) dec. Jason Barbera (Spen) 9-3;
119: Final, Mike Kohl (Fair) dec. Mark Voci; (McQ), 3-2; Third, Scott Yockel (Hil) dec Kevin Bouvy (Spen) 5-3.
126: Final, Rob Hoy (Canan) dec, John Thai (Web) 4-3; Third, Steve laculll (Fair) dec. Joe Rothenberger (Spen) 2-1; 132: Final, Rusty Grant (Bri) dec Ron Sanger (Gr. Athena), 3-2; Third, Matt Peglow (Canan) dec. Dave Plummer (Spen) 11-9; 138: Final, Vince Acciaio (Iron) p. Kwesi Edwards (Bri), 3:48; Third, Chris Gustaferro (Canan) p. Jerry Dawes (Fair) 3:54; 145: Final, Matt Logan (Fair) dec, Joel Raines (Spen) 5-3; Third, William Trigg (Ed) dec. Joe Camillaci (HiI) 8-4; 155: Final, Matt Leach (Brock) dec. Steve Kaye (Spen) 4-0; Third, L. McPherson (G-C) def Mark Cavanaugh (Iron), Injury default.
167: Final, Sirrell Gissendanner (Spen) p. Eric Strafel (Brock) 2:57; Third, Joey Vitto (Gr. Athena) dec. Chad Neubauer (Canan) 8-2; 177: Final, Josh Coleman (Gr. Arcadia) dec. Rob Curatolo (Gr, Athena), 5- 1; Third, Mark Breslawski (Brock) dec. Mike Giglio (G-C) 6-2; 215: Final, John Fingler (Fair) dec. Troy Willingham (Mar) 3-0; Third, Dave Jarrett (G-C) p Sean Dabolt (Spen) 2:29; 250: Final, Mark Daciw (Fair) dec Matt Baldassare (Gr. Athena) 7-3; Third, Anthony Dellafave (Gr. Arcadia) dec. Marc Drake (R-H) 5-3.