(Sunday, January 31, 1999) Yesterday
afternoon, Josh Miller pulled off an upset at the Monroe County Wrestling
Webster junior gave Rush-Henrietta's Shamir Rhodes his first loss of
the season in the 145-pound semifinals.
make the tournament, held in his high school gym, even more memorable,
he needed to get past Pittsford's Matt Agosti in the final.
did it the hard way but did it, coming from behind to beat Agosti 3-1
Miller winning the 145 Monroe County title was a surprise, Spencerport
emerging as the top team with 243 points was not. The Rangers have won
the tournament every year except one -- since 1989.
Borrelli, now a four-time county champion, and Mike Wojtowicz won the
112 and 130 divisions respectively and were among six Rangers who reached
Miller, losing in the finals after beating Rhodes would have been like
chewing on his wrestling shoes when he had a taste for cake.
would've been upset with myself," Miller said. "I would've
said at least I beat Shamir, but it just wouldn't have been the same."
was awarded a penalty point in the first period after Miller clamped
on a full nelson, which is illegal. Miller rallied with an escape and
a takedown in the final period.
was a 5-0 winner in his final over Penfield's Joe Lacagnina, who knocked
Pittsford's Troy Forte from the championship bracket 8-6. Borrelli is
thought about losing," Borrelli said. "But the things is,
I know I have to work harder."
a runner-up in the 1998 county tournament, was a 3-1 winner over Jeff
Pilosi, one of six finalists from Webster. Now 26-2, Wojtowicz hasn't
lost since the finals of Spencerport's Teike/Bernabi Tournament in late
Olympia junior Joe Veltre beat Spencerport's Shawn Hibbs, the defending
103 champion, 6-5 in the final with a late takedown. In five previous
matches, Veltre did not beat Hibbs, but was encouraged with his improvement
is the biggest match so far, of my career," Veltre, a 1998 sectional
runner-up at 96 pounds, said. "I wrestled this kid before and he's
knew if I didn't go to my back in the first period I had a good shot
Tardus Taylor also beat one of his nemesis, defending 189 sectional
champion Jake Boerman of Fairport.
edging out Boerman 3-2 in last night's final, Taylor slapped hands with
both of his coaches and received big slaps of congratulations on his
think I was more mentally in the match (this time). I played his game,"
Taylor said. "I'm back on track mentally.
felt like I had an anchor on my foot before and I wasn't working to
undefeated until yesterday, bounced back to win his third-place match,
The Miller-Rhodes semifinaal moved into overtime after Miller allowed
Rhodes to his feet early in the third period, tying the score at 4-4.
earned his match-winning takedown when he hustled behind Rhodes after
the R-H senior couldn't finish a takedown attempt.