By James Johnson Democrat
Steve Stulpin and his Ranger teammates have dominated Section
V wrestling for nearly a decade, but they will be tested
Saturday night by Canandaigua.
wrestling coaches from the Monroe County League and a pair
from the Finger Lakes share their thoughts on Saturday's
dual meet between Spencerport and Canandaigua:
Allen, Irondequoit Score: Spencerport 23-19. Gives Spencerport
the edge among the lightweights and middleweights.
logic: ''I wouldn't be surprised if (Spencerport coach)
Bill Jacoutot didn't do much to his lineup and said, 'Let's
wrestle.' His kids are like that and a team is really good
when it emulates its coach.''
Fisher, Newark Score: Canandaigua, 27-25. ''As far as
I'm concerned, you are talking about the No. 1 and No. 2
in the state.
logic: ''Spencerport picked up a couple of kids, but
Canandaigua has wrestled some really good competition this
Hadsell, Geneva Score: Spencerport, 25-20. ''There are
going to be so many close matches.''
logic: ''The key for Canandaigua to be able to win is
not to get pinned at those heavier weights.''
Marlowe, Rush-Hen. Score: Spencerport, 30-28. ''The
match I'm pretty excited to see is Steve Stulpin (Spen)
against Tom Cuppernell.
both are good athletes.''
logic: ''Spencerport has been beating everyone and not
even at full strength.''
February 2, 2002) -- At least 1,200 people plan to jam inside Spencerport's
gymnasium tonight and it's not to sit on their hands.
enthusiastic, largely pro-Rangers crowd is expected for tonight's
7 p.m. dual meet between Canandaigua and Spencerport.
snapped up all of the available admission tickets in both communities
within hours last week. They are excited about this face-off and
that goes double for the wrestlers.
going to be packed," Spencerport middleweight Steve Stulpin
said. "Your adrenaline goes all night.
kids can't handle it, but our team likes that."
not often that bleachers are filled when two teams are wrestling,
but this matchup is a magnet for fans and has been for the last
(11-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state among large-school teams this
time around, while Canandaigua (12-0) has moved up to fourth.
Rangers are annually considered the team to beat in Section V. Their
only consistent challenger over the last decade has been Canandaigua.
both don't duck anyone," Rush-Henrietta coach Mickey Marlowe
said. "It would be just as easy for them not to wrestle each
other, but they do.
they didn't, then we all would have to wonder."
two teams have flip-flopped positions since they last met head-to-head.
was Canandaigua that was ranked No. 1 and hosting the meet last
year in front of a sell-out crowd, the majority of which were Braves
Rangers, slight underdogs despite their history, won six consecutive
matches between the 130- and 160-pound weight divisions to win 27-17.
a team, we were just a little bit overconfident," Canandaigua
125-/130-pounder Wade Clar said. "We got really pumped up for
it with all of the people there and thought we were going to go
out and score big points."
and some of his teammates believe the Braves are better than they
were last season.
gone to some tournaments, like the Beast of East (Delaware) and
we're decent," he said about Canandaigua's 22nd-place finish
at the national event.
teams that were there were unbelievable.
we can keep our composure down there, we can keep our composure
Rangers have not lost a dual meet to a Section V team since 1994
when Canandaigua beat them. Spencerport's record against local clubs
in the eight-year span? 89-0-1. Six of the wins have come at Canandaigua's
actually be happier about beating them then being No. 1 in the state,"
said Canandaigua middleweight Sam Hapstack, a senior.
been so long since we've done it."
wrestlers are confident that they have been prepared to win, whether
the Braves arrive motivated by revenge or not.
psyched," Spencerport 135-pounder Mike Brongo said. "We
have the tradition that we have to uphold. I'm not going to let
Canandaigua beating us happen during my time."