escapes with SuperSectionals victory
Democrat and Chronicle
2, 2003) BROCKPORT J.P. Zengerle was in good shape.
Gates Chili senior held a one-point lead in the finals of the 140-pound
state wrestling tournament qualifier. He had a grip on Byron-Bergens
Sam Herman and his first trip to states with less than 10 seconds
was really nervous, Zengerle said. I didnt want
anything to go wrong.
a moment, everything did go wrong when Herman threw Zengerle to
the mat and nearly toward a disaster with five seconds to go.
had the two points he needed until the referees reversed their ruling
that the scoring took place inbounds. Zengerle avoided any more
trouble and held on to win 6-5 before celebrating with his coaches
on Saturday during the SuperSectionals at Brockport State.
lot of weight is lifted off my shoulders, Zengerle said while
wearing a 2003 state tournament T-shirt. Its been my
was way out of bounds. It was pretty obvious I thought. Still, its
pretty rare to see a ref wave off a call.
was that close to not becoming one of 15 wrestlers in Section V
to qualify for the state tournament this Friday and Saturday at
the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Steve Stulpin made sure he qualified at 160 pounds with a 11-5 victory
over McQuaids Andy Merkel. Stulpin was stunned to lose to
Merkel during the Section V Class A final last week.
trade last week for this week, he said. I was physically,
mentally, emotionally... . I was ready to go overall.
week was hard. Anything you win during the summer or off-season
doesnt mean anything. The tournaments that count are sectionals,
supers and states.
years group of qualifiers will include six repeat overall
Section V champions who wrestled in last seasons states: Canandaiguas
Kyle Ingraham and Trevor Chinn, Webster Schroeders Gregor
Gillespie, East Rochesters Pat VanThof, Hornells Cory
Lawrence and Waynes Mike Patterson.
Josh Fuller, Canandaiguas Tom Cuppernell and McQuaids
Andy Merkel also wrestled in the 2002 state tournament, but did
not make it back this time.
overflow crowd inside the Brockport State basketball gymnasium watched
Chinn, a junior, earn his fourth trip to states after he won the
135-pound division. Marty King, a 1984 Canandaigua graduate, is
the only five-time state qualifier in Section V history.
owner of a 184-22 record, passed King on their schools all-time
wins list in January. He is two-time runner-up in the high school
season-ending tournament in Syracuse. You try to build
off of last year if you dont get the end result that you want,
for Brighton senior Gene Kobilansky, a 12-3 winner over Holleys
Andrew Grillo in the 125 final. How is this for peaking at the right
finishing second at the Monroe County Tournament for the third time
in his career last month, Kobilansky had a dramatic win during the
Section V Class A finals a week ago.