On top Johnson City's Rory
Tobias rides Spencerport's Mike Bourne during the 135-pound championship
match during the Teike-Bernabi Tournament at Spencerport Wednesday
night. Tobias won 17-7.
30, 1999) -- Six minutes is a long time to be spending on the mat, especially
after competing in several matches over two days.
minutes seems like an eternity, which most wrestlers dread.
death is something nobody enjoys, except Spencerport senior Mike Wojtowicz.
captured the 130-pound championship with five seconds left in the tiebreaker
last night at the Teike-Bernabi wrestling tournament.
victory was bittersweet for Wojtowicz, who lost in a tiebreaker at the
same weight class last year.
1-0 to Mike Privitere of Johnson City after the second period, Wojtowicz
responded in the third period with an escape to send it into overtime.
Each wrestler was awarded one point during the overtime after being
called for stalling, tying the match at two.
who elected to start from the bottom in the tiebreaker, needed to break
free to win the championship. With five seconds remaining, he broke
from the grasp of Privitere.
was a great win because I've trained to wrestle in overtime and was
ready for it," said Wojtowicz, who helped the Rangers (199 points) win
the tournament over defending state champion Johnson City (189 points).
"It really wasn't really exhausting because we get used to competing
all the time."
which qualified seven wrestlers for the finals, walked away with four
was the greatest effort I've seen my wrestlers put in 19 years," Spencerport
coach Bill Jacoutot said. "I took the guys to keep their swagger and
they proved it out on the mats."
Chuck Olas held on to defeat David Hockenberry of Lewiston-Porter in
the tiebreaker at 119 pounds.
Hibbs defended his 103-pound tournament title by pinning Brandon Walp
of Lewiston-Porter in 5:02.
Moreland claimed the Rangers' fourth championship at 112 pounds by major
decision over Ryan Felton of Johnson City 17-4.
Bourne (135), Scott Baxter (171) and Nick Laurro (275) each finished
second for Spencerport.
which finished sixth in the team standings with 82.5 points, had Dan
Chase (160) and Geoff Selleck (152) crowned tournament champions.
Macartney of Gates Chili, which placed eighth with 77.5 points, decisioned
Baxter 4-1 at 171 pounds.
the consolation final at 145 pounds, Pat Hanscomb of Hilton decisioned
Matt Champion of Rush-Henrietta 7-3. The Cadets finished in 16th place
with 47 points.