(February 25, 2001) -- Mike Bourne waited three years for another trip
to the state high school wrestling championships.
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.
Spencerport senior (36-4) was one of 30 finalists vying for 15 spots
on the Section V team headed to Syracuse.
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
definitely believe that when you make it as a freshman," said Bourne.
"It's pretty much a letdown when you don't."
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.
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
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.
victory over Chinn wasn't as much a surprise as the way he won.
times Chinn scooped a leg out from under Moreland, but his effort to
complete the takedown was staved off each time.
the second occasion Moreland had to hop on one foot for the final five
seconds of regulation and again during the overtime period.
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."
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.
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.
38-0 this season, finished third in his previous state berths.
I can go there this time and win it," said Forte.
senior Dan Chase was another wrestler eager to get back to Syracuse.
Chase earned his second trip after he defeated Canandaigua's Eric Mullen
did run into trouble. Mullen almost turned Chase's back to the mat twice
but the four-time sectional champion kept his cool.
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.
you panic, his grip is just going to get tighter and tighter and you're
going to get stuck."
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.
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.
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.
the ninth grade it's been my dream to be out there (at states) in one
of those purple singlets. Now I will."