JC finishes second in U-E tournament
Spencerport prevails in final
Press & Sun-Bulletin
-- Johnson City's quest for a state team championship in wrestling
will have to wait another season.
The Wildcats rallied from a 15-point deficit to take a late lead,
but Section 5's Spencerport battled back for a 29-22 victory Saturday
in the championship match of the Union-Endicott Dual Meet Tournament.
Rangers secured the title with Don Zimmerman's 9-4 victory over
Ryan Kuzel at 160 pounds. It was the final bout of the 10-team tournament.
will likely retain the top ranking among large-school teams, as
selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
(11-1), which last won the large-school state title three years
ago and was ranked fourth in the state entering the U-E tournament,
is likely out of championship consideration.
team part is done -- now we worry about getting guys to Syracuse,"
said JC coach Pete Capone, referring to the state tournament in
March. "There were matches we should have gotten pins and we
didn't, and matches we should have won and we didn't."
rallied from an 18-3 deficit to take a 22-20 lead with two matches
Heneker and Andy Tobias started the comeback with convincing victories.
Heneker earned his by technical fall over Kris MacBeth, 15-0, in
4:33 at 125 pounds. MacBeth was called for a technical violation
early in the match -- his shoelaces weren't taped up -- which cost
Spencerport a team point.
then beat Don France 10-2 at 130, cutting Spencerport's lead to
Mike Bronco increased the lead to 20-13, scoring a takedown with
30 seconds left in the third period for a 3-1 decision over Ryan
Felton at 135.
Wildcats responded with a pair of wins. Josh Glenn applied a headlock
for a takedown as time expired in his 5-4 victory over Chuck Zimmerman
at 140. Joe Sacco beat Joe Mirabito by technical fall, 17-2, in
four minutes at 145, giving JC a two-point edge.
Steve Stulpin regained the lead for Spencerport, 26-22, by pinning
Adam Harendza in 5:08 at 152 pounds.
were in it until the last match," Capone said. "We needed
an eight-point win from Kuzel, though, in that last match, which
would have been tough.
only we had gotten some more pins earlier. If you don't pin, you
coach Bill Jacoutot felt his wrestlers' ability on their feet was
thought our takedowns were better," said Jacoutot, whose team
reached the final with a 43-16 victory over Section 3's Baldwinsville.
"We have [kids with good positioning], and that was key because
[Johnson City is] a very good team that moves around well."
road to the final was tough. The Wildcats had to beat third-ranked
Fulton of Section 3 in the semifinals, and they did so by a 27-21
margin. Kuzel's 7-2 victory over Nate Drake at 160 sealed the outcome.
goal was to beat Spencerport, and we had to get through Fulton to
do that," Capone said. "We had everything we wanted --
we just didn't get it done in the finals."
defeated Baldwinsville 34-22 for third place, and Iroquois beat
Queensbury 33-21 in the fifth-place match.