Spencerport wins third straight Teike-Bernabi
Democrat and Chronicle
Steve Stulpin rides Rush-Henrietta's Matt Champion in the
championship round of the 152-pound weight class. Stulpin
won the match 9-3.
December 29, 2001) -- The theme on this season's Spencerport wrestling
poster is "Still on Track," and last night the Rangers
showed that even the flu can't derail them.
competing without 125-pound sophomore Mike Terenzi and 130-pound
senior Dan France, whose combined record this winter is 22-1, Spencerport
captured its third straight championship at the 36th annual Teike-Bernabi
Tournament. The host school edged Section IV rival Johnson City
209 points to 197.5 points for its 11th title.
Rangers had three champions -- sophomore Brett Woodward (103 pounds),
who also won last year, and juniors Mike Brongo (135) and Steve
Stulpin (152) -- and three other runners-up, including junior Jeff
Teike (119), senior Don Zimmerman (160) and sophomore Alex Baxter
be honest, I didn't think we'd win. I thought we were in trouble,"
said Spencerport coach Bill Jacoutot, whose team shares the state's
No. 1 ranking with Canandaigua.
City is third.
can talk faster than snow falling in Buffalo, but the architect
of 19 Section V Class A champions was serious. On top of sickness
sidelining Terenzi, a Teike-Bernabi runner-up last year, and France,
a team captain, he thought the Rangers weren't sharp in a 35-9 win
on Dec. 20 over Brockport.
bench decorum and our match preparation was terrible. You have to
take everybody seriously," Jacoutot said. "When that's
bad you move slow, your decisions aren't good and you look fatigued."
the Rangers came out ready and their depth showed. Junior Matt Schirmer
filled Terenzi's slot and lost twice, but at 140 junior Joe Mauro,
wrestling for France, earned four points by winning twice.
were important," Jacoutot said.
was Stulpin's 9-3 decision over Rush-Henrietta senior Matt Champion.
Although Spencerport was leading Johnson City, which had four finalists,
JC's Joe Sacco had just won 9-8 in the 145-pound final. Spencerport
had wrestlers in the next two matches.
the final seconds of the second period, Stulpin took Champion down
and put him on his back for a 5-2 lead.
funny because I felt lousy after the semifinals," said Stulpin,
who took a first and second as Spencerport won its first two tournaments
this season at Cicero-North Syracuse (school-record 11 finalists)
and Jamestown (tourney-record 319 points).
chilled out for a few hours before the finals by grabbing a sandwich
and watching a girls volleyball tournament.
was runner-up in his last two tournaments. "I wasn't taking
second again," he said. He wrestled just as determined, winning
his final match, 6-3.
been training a lot harder this year," Brongo said. "I'm
ready to wrestle anyone."
all the Rangers abide by that motto.