wrestlers roll to County title
By James Johnson Democrat
January 27, 2002) -- Not every area wrestling fan cheers for the
boos that greet them at tournaments are a strong clue to that. Whether
you love them or dislike them, however, you won't find many people
in the local wrestling community who don't respect the results the
Rangers get on mats.
are some people who don't think so but they have made all of us
better," Hilton coach Chuck Partridge said.
the Rangers as the Monroe County League team champions last night
was a formality.
No. 1 ranked large-school team in the state rolled to its 13th team
championship in 14 seasons (22nd overall) at Webster Schroeder High.
Spencerport's wrestlers, including five weight division champions,
scored 271 points. Runner-up Brockport finished 91 points behind.
Rangers have dominated at the dual meets and nearly every tournament
they have been invited to this season. This despite a lineup that
has been shuffled because of illnesses.
psyched as a team," Mike Brongo said. "We're all pushing
hard in practice and coach (Bill) Jacoutot is on us.
ready to win."
hosts fifth-ranked Canandaigua in a monster dual meet on Saturday.
The match, which will receive attention around the state, is sold
shared the No. 1 state ranking at the end of last season.
Stulpin was one of four wrestlers who matched the league titles
they won in 2001.
hard because everyone is out to get you," Stulpin said after
his 3-1 overtime victory over Greece Athena's Nick Pagano in the
junior Andrew Krieger, a 2-1 winner over Brighton's Gene Kobilansky
at 119, was named the meet's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Gillespie, Krieger's 112-pound teammate, was fast on his feet and
dominated his final. Gillespie was the league's 96-pound champion
a lot of guys who could take 112 this year, tons of guys,"
Gillespie said about the SuperSectionals. "It's going to be
whoever is on that day."
are two undefeated wrestlers left in Monroe County.
Rochester 171-pounder Pat VanThof had to hold off Fairport's Ian
Ammons to win 12-7.
is 25-0 after hitting a five-point move by rolling Ammons onto his
back from the standing position.
think it's called the cement job roll through," VanThof said.
"He surprised me with a double leg takedown (in the first period).
I took him down in the second, I started to feel better and just
went from there."
189-pounder Joe Fingler, who won the Webster Tournament at Schroeder
earlier this winter, is 26-0 after beating Hilton's John Hennekey
for the second time in two weeks.
125-pounder Jason Chase earned his second league title in three
years after he edged Gates Chili's J.P. Zengerle 1-0.
happy to win but I have to get better," Chase said. "I
really didn't feel good this whole tournament."
160-pound final had to be halted when Spencerport's Don Zimmerman
injured his left shoulder and was unable to continue. Rush-Henrietta's
Matt Champion was ahead 5-4 in the third when Zimmerman retired
after the third stoppage of the bout.