wrestling roundup: Ranzenbach brothers both win for Hilton
Democrat and Chronicle
(February 1, 2004) — WEBSTER — Mark Ranzenbach wrestled
first, nervous before and during his debut in a Monroe County league
was really time for the Hilton freshman to worry after he finished
and his older brother’s championship match began.
Ranzenbach, a Hilton junior, had two previous appearances in county
finals and no wins to show for it. That changed on Saturday at Webster
Ranzenbach edged Schroeder’s Torsten Gillespie 2-0 in the
96-pound final and watched Joe beat Eric Ziegler, another Warrior,
6-4 in the 112 final.
do get nervous when I watch him wrestle,” said Mark Ranzenbach.
“I look up to him.”
Ranzenbach, who won his 100th varsity match this season, was proud
of his at-home workout partner.
see him go through the same things I went through at his age,”
said Joe Ranzenbach, who also wrestled at 96 pounds as a freshman.
“You both go through the same things.
were both No. 1 seeds, but what happens depends more on who is wrestling
better that day.”
Schroeder junior Gregor Gillespie, 34-0, has been unbeatable so
far this year. Last year’s state champion, at 119, was named
the most outstanding wrestler of the event after he won the 130-pound
class to become a four-time league champion.
always have high energy,” said Gillespie, who has won 80 consecutive
matches. “I love the sport.
always remember the counties being here. I’m comfortable here.”
East Irondequoit senior Mike Wood became a three-time county champion
after he edged Rush-Henrietta 140-pounder Larry LaRussa, 5-4.
senior year I definitely wanted to get this,” said Wood, who
became his school’s all-time win leader with 130. “I’m
only the second three-time county champ from Eastridge.”
briefly fell behind to LaRussa 4-3 but pulled off a reversal at
the mat circle’s edge an instant after the Rush-Henrietta
wrestler scored a takedown.
had teched and pinned my way through the tournament up until this
match,” said Wood, who rode LaRussa for much of the third
period. “I knew he was going to be a tough kid. We were the
two top dogs.”
only made sense that Spencerport, ranked No. 1 in the state, showed
that it was Monroe County’s top team again.
Rangers totaled 297.5 points, 126 more than runner-up Brockport,
to win the team title for the 13th consecutive season.
(Bill Jacoutot) puts it into our heads that hard work and determination
will take us where we want to go,” said Spencerport’s
Mike Terenzi, the 145-pound county champion.
a tradition we want to continue as long as possible.”
defeated Irondequoit’s Albert Gianforti, 5-1, to become one
of four league champions from Spencerport.
Gray at 112, 125-pounder Brett Woodward, and undefeated Alex Baxter
(29-0) at 189 also won their weight classes.
Athena’s Jason McGuckian kept his cool after he was taken
down by Brockport’s Sean Riley with 24.2 seconds remaining
in the 152-pound championship.
3-2 after he was let up to his feet, McGuckian timed a shot perfectly
to put Riley down with 17.5 to go. McGuckian rode Riley the final
10 seconds to hang on and win.
Olympia senior Terrance Nolan lost 10-3 to LaRussa during the semifinals.
Nolan was told earlier this month that he was accepted into the
United States Military Academy at West Point.