power Spencerport over Canandaigua
The state's second-ranked wrestling team raises its dual-meet streak
By James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle
(February 9, 2003) HOPEWELL Matt Legas had the assignment
of filling in for a sick teammate in Spencerports wrestling
lineup earlier this season.
junior 145-pounders number came up again on Saturday before
the non-league dual between Spencerport and Canandaigua.
drawing determined that Legas and his opponent would wrestle first
to open what has been Section Vs most anticipated dual meet
during the last decade.
was emotional, I was so ready, Legas said. I prepared
for this match for a long time.
showed. Legas scored the first of four pins during the first six
bouts that vaulted the Rangers to a 36-25 victory at Finger Lakes
coach Rich Romeo anticipated at least five bouts in which the outcomes
would be nip and tuck. Instead, Spencerport (11-1) dominated
for the most part, in front of about 1,800 fans.
Steve Stulpin, Sabastian Baliva and Andy Peters all scored pins
that gave the Rangers a 27-3 lead halfway through the meet.
152-pounder Tom Cuppernell and 140-pounder Trevor Chinn remained
undefeated in the section this season, while Stulpin kept his record
clean in the loss column overall at 160.
got a good draw, Stulpin said. Against them, our upper
weights were our strong points.
lightweights won three matches in a row to give the Braves (7-2-1)
some hope of winning. Justin Volenweider beat Spencerports
119-pounder Kris MacBeth 7-5 in overtime, in between pins by eighth-grader
Kyle Ingraham at 112 and Greg Gelinas at 125 for the Braves.
six points earned by Gelinas for his fall over Nick Morbito reduced
Spencerports lead to 30-12 with three matches remaining, but
Mike Terenzi won via technical fall in the next bout for the Rangers.
fast start was too much to overcome.
slapped an arm bar on Josh Parsons, walked around his opponents
shoulders and earned a pin after 1:21.
was the best feeling of my life, Legas said.
been in and out of the lineup. It was good to know that I was going
to be a part of this.
brushed off a fired-up Joe Morbito early in their bout, to win 9-4.
overwhelmed Jim West and earned the first of back-to-back pins for
pushed Spencerport to a 18-3 lead when he finally trapped Eskei
Beech with 1:25 remaining.
fought off a fall during the final minute of the opening period
and was badgered in the second.
Alex Baxter was in control of the 189-pound match when Dan Jacobson
tied the score, 2-2, in the final 15 seconds of the third period.
ended up winning on criteria when he broke Jacobsons control
just before the 30 seconds he had to work with expired.
lead ballooned to 24 points after Andy Peters pinned Chris Wittlinger
in the first period.
knew we were going to come in with an advantage after what happened
to them against Fulton, Stulpin said of Canandaigua. They
lost to (Fulton), we beat Fulton pretty good.
has a record of 98-0-1 in dual meets against Section V teams.
handed the Rangers their last local loss in 1994.
Rangers beat out the Braves at last seasons Class A tournament
and hope to finish No. 1 among large schools in the state for the
third straight year.
is ranked second behind Johnson City of Section IV (Binghamton-area),
the only team to beat the Rangers head-to-head this season.
36, Canandaigua 25
103 pounds: Josh Fuller (S) decisioned Rocco Catalfamo, 5-1; 112:
Kyle Ingraham (C) pinned Brett Woodward, 1:21. 119: Justin Volenweider
(C) dec. Kris MacBeth, 7-5 overtime; 125: Greg Gelinas (C) pinned
Nick Morbito, 3:06; 130: Mike Terenzi (S) defeated Merrick Hare,
via technical fall, 20-5. 135: Trevor Chinn (C) def. Mike Brongo,
major decision, 13-4; 140: Kevin Morrice (C) dec. Chuck Zimmerman,
4-1; 145: Matt Legas (S) pinned Josh Parsons, 1:21. 152: Tom Cuppernell
(C) dec. Joe Morbito, 9-4; 160: Steve Stulpin (S) pinned Jim West,
1:17; 171: Sabastian Baliva (S) pinned Eskei Beech, 4:35. 189: Alex
Baxter (S) defeated Dan Jacobson, 3-2 overtime criteria; 215: Andy
Peters (S) pinned Chris Wittlinger, 1:49.