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2000- 2001 Team Articles

Coach Jacoutot:
Spencerport coach is finalist for award
Suburban News
Monday, March 12, 2001

Section V State Qualifier :
Bourne wrestles way to states
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sunday, February 25, 2001

Canandaigua Dual:
Spencerport wins again
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sunday, February 4, 2001

The mat is where it is at
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle>
Friday, February 2, 2001

Hilton Dual:
Spencerport secures 10th straight title
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Thursday, February 1, 2001

Hilton Tournament:
Spencerport wins fourth straight Barnard crown
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sunday, January 14, 2001

Bourne wrestles way to states
Spencerport senior earns first trip to Syracuse since his freshman year
By James Johnson Democrat and Chronicle

(February 25, 2001) -- Mike Bourne waited three years for another trip to the state high school wrestling championships.

Bourne secured his first appearance in the state meet in Syracuse since his freshman year with a pin of Canandaigua's Tom Cuppernell in last night's 140-pound SuperSectional finals at Brockport State.

The Spencerport senior (36-4) was one of 30 finalists vying for 15 spots on the Section V team headed to Syracuse.

Bourne was a lightweight sectional champion at Wayne Central when he placed sixth at the 1998 state meet. He thought he would make it back to Syracuse before now.

"You definitely believe that when you make it as a freshman," said Bourne. "It's pretty much a letdown when you don't."

This was the fourth time Bourne and Cuppernell met this season. Bourne evened the series when he was able to cradle Cuppernell and put a quick end to the match in 1:26.

"That's my bread and butter," Bourne said. "I wasn't letting go for anything. There was no way he was going to break my grip. This was my last shot."

Spencerport senior Jared Moreland (37-5) was a surprise 3-1 winner in overtime at 119 over Canandaigua sophomore Trevor Chinn (40-7), who already has been to states twice.

Moreland's victory over Chinn wasn't as much a surprise as the way he won.

Three times Chinn scooped a leg out from under Moreland, but his effort to complete the takedown was staved off each time.

On the second occasion Moreland had to hop on one foot for the final five seconds of regulation and again during the overtime period.

"We work on those situations in practice," the first-time state qualifier said. "If he gets one of those that could've been the takedown that won the match."

Moreland did fall to the mat after Chinn scooped a leg out from under him the third time. Chinn however, went to the mat too and Moreland gained control of him to end the match after he ducked under an attempted grab.

Troy Forte, the state's all-time leader in wins with 232, earned his third trip to Syracuse when he pinned Rush-Henrietta's Jason Chase in 3:49.

Forte, 38-0 this season, finished third in his previous state berths.

"Hopefully, I can go there this time and win it," said Forte.

Rush-Henrietta senior Dan Chase was another wrestler eager to get back to Syracuse. Chase earned his second trip after he defeated Canandaigua's Eric Mullen 5-2.

Chase did run into trouble. Mullen almost turned Chase's back to the mat twice but the four-time sectional champion kept his cool.

"I just wanted to get the first takedown and not lose control," said Chase. "I almost did but I slipped out of (trouble). Your first thought is `Oh shoot' but then I realized I wasn't losing any points.

"If you panic, his grip is just going to get tighter and tighter and you're going to get stuck."

Eighth-grader Gregor Gillespie (36-2) of Webster controlled Wayne's Nate Patterson (36-4) to win the 96 final, 8-0. He will be joined at states by Northstar's John Ames, Gates Chili's Dan Glover and McQuaid's Charlie Wu.

All three of those seniors, like Gillespie, will make their first trip to states. Ames is the first wrestler from Northstar to earn a state berth. Wu is McQuaid's all-time wins leader with 147.

"It's the greatest feeling I've ever had," said Glover, a 9-4 winner over Canandaigua's Clayton Mack in the 189 final. "I can't believe it's over. Not over, over, but the goal I've wanted to accomplish.

"Since the ninth grade it's been my dream to be out there (at states) in one of those purple singlets. Now I will."


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