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  • WRESTLING: Canastota wins Herkimer Invitational

  • DECEMBER 8 WRESTLING The Canastota Raiders placed three wrestlers in the finals Saturday and finished atop a 21-team field at the fourth annual Herkimer Invitational. Zach Zupan and Wyatt Albanese won back-to-back titles at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively, for the...
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  • FOURTH ANNUAL HERKIMER INVITATIONAL
    The Canastota Raiders placed three wrestlers in the finals Saturday and finished atop a 21-team field at the fourth annual Herkimer Invitational.
    Zach Zupan and Wyatt Albanese won back-to-back titles at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively, for the Raiders whose 141 1/2 points gave them an 18-point cushion over runner-up Carthage. Dolgeville placed third in the team scoring with Mohawk tied for seventh, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley ninth, Mt. Markham 17th, Little Falls 18th and Poland 19th.
    Zupan’s 182-pound match against Shayne Brady of Carthage was stopped 29 secnds into the third period when Brady suffered an injury on the first takedaown of the match. Albanese then scored a 3-1 decision against Ben Honis from Christoan Brothers Academy/Jamesville-DeWitt.
    Dolgeville had a pair of individual champions and Mohawk and Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley had one each. Ben Nastovski and Triston Engle were Dolgeville’s champions and Engle took home the most outstanding wrestler award. Nastovski was a 5-4 winner in his 120-pound title bout against Blake Engebresten of Central Square. Engle trailed 4-2 entering the third period of his final match and started in the down position; he reversed J.T. Romagnoli from Christian Brothers Academy/Jamesville-DeWitt to tie the score then recorded a near fall to take the lead on the way to a 9-4 win.
    Noah Handy, Dolgeville’s third finalist, was beaten 6-5 by Dennis Hilts of Camden in the 106-pound final. Handy took a one-point lead with 17 seconds left in the match but Hilts countered with a quick reversal for the win.
    Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley’s T.J. Philpotts won the 99-pound title by a 13-0 major decision against C.J. Walz of Mohawk.
    Mohawk’s John Mazza defeated Anthony Mosca of Watervliet 7-1 for the championship at 132 pounds.
    Other individual champions included Carthage’s Andrew McFarland at 113 pounds and Trevor Gibbons at 285, Onondaga’s Tyler Field at 126, New Hartford’s Sean McKenna at 138, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Gage Patry at 152, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Matt Friske at 171, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s Joe Sprung at 220.
    Camden’s Tom Confer, the 160-pound champion, took home the aggregate pin trophy. He pinned all four of his opponents in a total time of five minutes and 59 seconds.
    Among area teams, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley’s Ryan Zawtocki, Poland’s Albert Amacher, Dolgeville’s Richard Lyon and Mt. Markham’s MacKenzie Dorie were third-place finishers and Mohawk’s Dave Bardo and Stephen Davis, Little Falls’ Andrew Messina, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley’s Zach Steele, Dolgeville’s Tyler Richards and Kasey Foster placed fourth.
    TEAM POINT STANDINGS
    1, Canastota    141 1/2
    2, Carthage    123 1/2
    3, Dolgeville    122
    4, CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt    120 1/2
    5, Camden    104
    6, New Hartford    96 1/2
    7, Mohawk    92
    (tie), Central Square    92
    9, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley    74
    Page 2 of 3 - 10, East Syracuse-Minoa    68 1/2
    11, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill    59 1/2
    12, Watervliet    56
    13, Onondaga    54
    14, Berne-Knox-Westerlo    53
    15, Marcellus    45
    16, Chittenango    37
    17, Mt. Markham    27
    18, Little Falls    23
    19, Poland    20
    20, Utica-Proctor    18
    21, Cooperstown    16 1/2
     
    MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER
    Triston Engle (Dolgeville), 145 pounds
    AGGREGATE PINS
    Thomas Confer (Camden), four (5:59)
    99 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    T.J. Philpotts (Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley) major decisioned C.J. Walz (Mohawk), 13-0.
    THIRD PLACE
    Riley Gerber (Camden) major decisioned Marcelino Aponte (Carthage), 11-2.
    106 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Dennis Hilts (Camden) decisioned Noah Handy (Dolgeville), 6-5.
    THIRD PLACE
    Jonathan Fannetti (East Syracuse-Minoa) pinned David Bardo (Mohawk), 4:05.
    113 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Andy McFarland (Carthage) decisioned Dempsey King (New Hartford), 4-3.
    THIRD PLACE
    Ryan Zawtocki (Herkimer) major decisioned Andrew Messina (Little Falls), 14-4.
    120 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Ben Nastovski (Dolgeville) decisioned Blake Engebretsen (Central Square), 5-4.
    THIRD PLACE
    Albert Amacher (Poland) pinned Zach Ruggles (Marcellus), 4:45.
    126 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Tyler Field (Onondaga) decisioned Daniel Fancett (New Hartford), 8-2.
    THIRD PLACE
    Matthew Haddad (Proctor) defeated Connor Russ (Canastota) by forfeit (match limit)
    132 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    John Mazza (Mohawk) decisioned Anthony Mosca (Watervliet), 7-1.
    THIRD PLACE
    Nate Walker (Canastota) major decisioned Zack Steele (Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley), 12-2.
    138 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Sean McKenna (New Hartford) decisioned Nathan Smart (Onondaga), 6-4. THIRD PLACE
    Matt Lauro (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) pinned Tyler Richards (Dolgeville), 2:29.
    145 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Triston Engle (Dolgeville) decisioned J.T. Romagnoli (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt), 9-4.
    THIRD PLACE
    Joe Tiller (Canastota) major decisioned Cody Fisher (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), 9-1.
    152 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Gage Patry (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) defeated Jerrett Norton (Central Square) by technical fall, 6:00.
    THIRD PLACE
    Steve Loder (East Syracuse-Minoa) defeated Colin Ryna (Carthage) by forfeit (match limit).
    160 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Thomas Confer (Camden) pinned Tyler Touzin (Watervliet), 2:29.
    THIRD PLACE
    Tucker Benedict (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) decisioned Alexander Seamans (East Syracuse-Minoa), 3-0.
    170 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Mark Friske (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) decisioned Joseph Aiello (Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley), 13-7.
    THIRD PLACE
    Richard Lyon (Dolgeville) decisioned Jesse Puchales (Canastota), 7-6.
    182 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Zach Zupan (Canastota) defeated Shayne Brady (Carthage) by injury default, 4:29.
    THIRD PLACE
    Spencer Norton (Central Square) pinned Kasey Foster (Dolgeville), 2:42.
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    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Wyatt Albanese (Canastota) decisioned Ben Honis (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt), 3-1.
    THIRD PLACE
    Thad Casler (Camden) major decisioned Zeby Romano (Watervliet), 10-2.
    220 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Joe Sprung (Berne-Knox-Westerlo) defeated William Batey (Carthage) by injury default.
    THIRD PLACE
    Zachary Shapiro (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) decisioned John Cavaretta (Marcellus), 4-3.
    285 POUNDS
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Trevor Gibbons (Carthage) pinned Jacob Morris (Canastota), 2:14.
    THIRD PLACE
    Mackenzie Dorre (Mt. Markham) pinned Stephen Davis, (Mohawk) 1:29.
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