school wrestling: Top 2 teams ready to duel
By James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle
8, 2003) No trophy is handed out. The wrestlers walk off
the mat champions of nothing.
result of the dual meet between Spencerport and Canandaigua doesnt
count in the teams league standings.
there is a surge of excitement among the participants and others
who like to watch the areas top large-school teams go at it.
and Canandaiguas varsities square off again at 7 tonight at
Finger Lakes Community College.
coach Rich Romeo anticipates a standing-room-only crowd. About 1,800
admission tickets were available.
really excited to be wrestling in this, Spencerport senior
Mike Brongo said. You have nothing to do but prove yourself
in this type of meet.
senior Tom Cuppernell jokes that the air inside his teams
training room smells different in the days before the meet.
(10-1) is ranked second among large schools behind Johnson City
of Section IV, the only team to beat the Rangers head-to-head this
Section V team has defeated Spencerport in a dual since 1994. The
Rangers are 97-0-1 against local teams after losing to Canandaigua
Braves have built up a good reputation on the mat, too. It was Canandaigua
that stopped Spencerports 12-year string of sectional titles
year, Wayne (8th) is above Canandaigua (11th, 7-1-1) in the state
rankings. Seventh-ranked Fulton (15-3) was the team that beat Canandaigua,
which has won three tournaments and finished 21st out of 84 teams
at the Beast of the East Tournament in Delaware.
only have two seniors, Canandaigua coach Romeo said. We
probably have a better tournament than a dual meet team. I still
think we should be competitive.
individual match-ups to look for are Spencerports Josh Fuller
vs. Kyle Ingraham at 112. Both made it to the 2002 state meet.
matches at 135 and 140 seem all but guaranteed.
Chinn, a two-time state runner-up, and Kevin Morrice wrestle at
those weights for Canandaigua. Like Spencerports Chuck Zimmerman
and Brongo, you can find them in the top five of Section Vs