dozen get any better
Spencerport wins 12th consecutive Monroe County wrestling championship
By James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle
Baxter of Spencerport defeats Rex OCorr of Webster
Schroeder in the 189-pound weight class. Baxter pinned OCorr
in 5 minutes, 44 seconds and the Rangers went on to clinch
their 12th straight Monroe County championship. [Day in
2, 2003) WEBSTER Pat VanThof feels confident these
days, and for good reason.
11 months have passed since the East Rochester senior last lost
a wrestling bout. That was during the consolation rounds of the
2002 state meet, as VanThof finished the season with a 37-2 record.
arrived at the Monroe County Championships this weekend expecting
to get a good gauge on his chances to win during this postseason.
you can do well at the counties then you should be able to do well
at sectionals, the East Rochester 171-pounder said at Webster
Schroeder. There are some good teams and wrestlers here. There
were three undefeated kids in my weight class.
Thof ran into one of them and defeated Penfield senior Rich Schimpf,
6-2 in the weight class final to win county titles in back-to-back
are too many people gunning for me, VanThof, who improved
his record to 22-0 this season, said. I figure they have to
beat me, because Im in the top dog right now.
thats how you get better too, because they are wrestling you
at their best.
get fired up when they face Spencerport wrestlers, too, but the
Rangers still dominated the meet. The Rangers clinched the team
title for the 12th consecutive year after the semifinal round and
scored 254 points. Webster Schroeder, the runner-up and host, scored
15 Spencerport wrestlers placed sixth or higher, including Dereck
Gray and Dan Tomasso, who were with the programs junior varsity
squad before this week.
something Im proud of, Spencerport coach Bill Jacoutot
said. Ive had 13 or 14 place in a tournament, but Ive
never had that happen before.
Rangers were crowned champions. Alex Baxter, a 189-pound junior,
was on one leg long past the halfway point of the third period during
the final. Schroeder senior Rex OCorr seemed to have the upperhand,
or at least two points coming for a takedown.
Baxter rolled OCorr to the mat and won the match by pin with
16 seconds remaining.
senior Steve Stulpin, a county champion in 2002, beat East Rochesters
Steven Cragg 6-0 in the 160 final to improve his record 27-0.
96-pounder Kyle Borshoff (27-0), a freshman, Schroeder sophomore
119-pounder Gregor Gillespie (32-0) and Schroeder senior 130-pounder
Andrew Krieger (30-0) also remained unbeaten.
was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the meet for the second
consecutive season. He dominated his championship match vs. Hiltons
Adam Palermo, a technical fall victim after 2:42.
became friends from working out together, Gillespie, a two-time
county champion, said. Hes like a brother to me.
almost get as nervous for his matches, as I do for mine.
sophomore 103-pounder Jasen Borshoff admitted it can be tough to
watch his younger brother Kyle on the mat too. Jasen has not had
to console Kyle after a loss yet this season and both can call themselves
brother had a more difficult match in his final, as he edged 2002
state meet qualifier Josh Fuller of Spencerport 3-2.
junior Mike Wood completed his climb back to the top of the county
with a 6-3 win over Brighton senior Gene Kobilansky in the 125 final.
unbelievable, Wood said. I had a rough year last year,
and to beat him is amazing. I just lost to him (9-5) about a week
and half ago.