Nier 'gave up' in upset loss to Joe Barbera
, By Urla Hill
Monday, February 24, 1992
Greece Athena wrestler Dan Nier wanted to enjoy his grandmother's birthday celebration yesterday. But family, friends and relatives proved constant reminders of his 10-8 loss to Joe Barbera in the 105-pound category at the Section 5 Class A meet Saturday.
All he heard was. "Sorry about your loss."
"I didn't even know those people knew who I was," said Nier, the state's Class A No. 1-ranked wrestler at 105 pounds.
Meanwhile Barbera, who is ranked No. 8 at 112, was at wrestling practice. Barbera, whose brother, Jason, also wrestles at 112, said he had looked forward to wrestling Nier throughout the season.
"I felt I could beat him all year long," he said. Barbera believed he won because he "never gave up."
"I just kept going the whole match," he said. Nier, on the other hand, said he "gaffed."
"I gave up at the end," said Nier, who fell to 25-1. "I didn't know we were going into overtime."
"But I learned a lot from the match. I know not to do that any more."
Now that the Section 5 tournament is behind them, Nier and Barbera must now concentrate on the SuperSectionals this weekend.
"That's where it counts," Nier said. "I'll rack em up. I'm ready for everybody."
Said Barbera: "It doesn't make a difference whether I won or lost. I've got to win this weekend to go off to states."
It is possible the two could meet again in the finals of the SuperSectionals.
Barbera's bracket may not be as difficult as Nier's. Barbera's first challenger is Chris Calice of South Seneca.
Nier will have to get by J. J. Romano of Lyndonsville and Bishop Kearney senior Gracen Porreca, who placed fist in Class B and became the first Kearney wrestler to win 100 career matches (102-15-1).
Nier and Porreca, whose record this season is 27-1-1 have wrestled each other three times, with Nier winning twice and Porreca once.