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December 19, 2013

Unatego wrestlers pin down MAC win

The Daily Star

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It took Unatego’s wrestlers a little while to get going Wednesday night, but the Spartans didn’t waste much time after that.

After dropping the first four matches of their non-league dual meet against Cooperstown, the Spartans won 10 of the final 11 bouts for a 60-21 victory that pushed their record to 3-0 this season.

Unatego ended eight of those 10 victories with pins in the first period, and the other two came by way of forfeit.

The Hawkeyes jumped to an 18-0 lead with back-to-back forfeits at 99 and 106 pounds, followed by consecutive decisions by Steve Ratliff (113) and Paul LoRusso (120).

Holden Smith then started a string of five straight Unatego pins, winning his 126-pound match over Nate Miller in 1 minute, 36 seconds.

Austin Ryan (132, 30 seconds), Keith Crawford (138, 1:03), Lucas DeJoy (145, 1:00) and Troy Jones (152, 40 seconds) followed with first-period pins as Unatego took a 30-18 lead.

Reece Johnson’s 9-4 decision at 160 capped Cooperstown’s scoring. The Spartans took the next two matches by forfeit, then closed with pins by Marcus Sperry (195, 1:17), Riley Hanrahan (220, 15 seconds) and Ethan Barber (285, 1:07).

Crawford and Sperry, both seniors, earned their first victories in their first season wrestling for Unatego’s varsity squad.

Unatego will compete in the Windsor Christmas Tournament, which runs Dec. 27-28.

Unatego 60, Cooperstown 21

at Unatego; started at 99

99 pounds: Ethan Russell (C) forfeit; 106: Daniel Ralston (C) forfeit; 113: Steve Ratliff (C) dec. Vita Guglielmetti, 13-8; 120: Paul LoRusso (C) dec. Trenton Gloeckler, 5-0; 126: Holden Smith (U) pinned Nate Miller, 1:36; 132: Austin Ryan (U) pinned Trenton Carentz, :30; 138: Keith Crawford (U) pinned Tyler Koffer, 1:03; 145: Lucas DeJoy (U) pinned T.J. Fay, 1:00; 152: Troy Jones (U) pinned Charles Gannon, :40; 160: Reece Johnson (C) dec. Tristan Knutsen, 9-4; 170: Ryan Marszal (U) forfeit; 182: Nate Wilsey (U) forfeit; 195: Marcus Sperry (U) pinned Dante Poole, 1:17; 220: Riley Hanrahan (U) pinned David Rozella, :15; 285: Ethan Barber (U) pinned Nate Lopez, 1:07. JV score: Unatego, 6-3.

BGAH 38, D/H 34

Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville won the last six bouts to secure a Midstate Athletic Conference road victory.

BGAH faced a 34-17 deficit with six matches remaining. Kevin Hubbard started the rally with a 3-2 victory over Steven McKee at 126 pounds. Ben Bivar (132 pounds, 7-2), Austin Carr (138, 9-1), David-Michael Robinson (145, 3-2) and Madison Hoover (152, 3-1) followed with victories by decision to pull BGAH to 34-32 with one match to go. Jamie Griswold then won by forfeit at 160 pounds to give BGAH the dual-meet win.

Chris Cirigliano (113, 10-0 major decision), Colby Foster (170, forfeit) and Cody Snow (182, pin) also won for BGAH.

Marcus Shaver highlighted Deposit/Hancock’s triumphs with a 9-second pin at 195 pounds.

BGAH will compete in the Burnt Hills Tournament on Saturday.

BGAH 38, D/H 34

at Deposit/Hancock; started at 170

99 pounds: Devin Todd (D) major dec. Cody Ferrara, 13-0; 106: Dustin Tiffany (D) pinned Damon Decker, 1:20; 113: Chris Cirigliano (B) major dec. Dean Raymond, 10-0; 120: Brandon Macumber (D) pinned Josh Lindsey, :57; 126: Kevin Hubbard (B) dec. Steven McKee, 3-2; 132: Ben Bivar (B) dec. Colby Hall, 7-2; 138: Austin Carr (B) dec. Jason Lobdell, 9-1; 145: David-Michael Robinson (B) dec. Devin Decker, 3-2; 152: Madison Hoover (B) dec. Ethan Wormuth, 3-1; 160: Jamie Griswold (B) forfeit; 170: Colby Foster (B) forfeit; 182: Cody Snow (B) pinned Zach Dabrescia, :55; 195: Marcus Shaver (D) pinned Owen Lambrecht, :09; 220: Zach Gifford (D) pinned Kevin Forrest, 2:27; 285: Dan Babcock (D) pinned Shane Curtin, 4:39.


at Sunset Lanes

Caryn Balnis rolled games of 208 and 204 for a match-high 587 series as Oneonta High’s girls swept host Chenango Forks, 5-0, in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.

Emily Loucks contributed a 520 series with a match-best 213 game for the Yellowjackets (7-1), who finished with a 2,294-1,788 advantage in pinfall.

OHS is off until a home match against Johnson City on Jan. 6. JC is the only team to beat Oneonta this season.

at Sunset Lanes

Girls: Oneonta 5, CF 0

Oneonta (2,294): Caryn Balnis 175, 208, 204 - 587; Emily Loucks 213 - 520.

Chenango Forks (1,788): Ashley Bennett 170 - 415.


OHS to honor champs

Oneonta High will recognize its Class B state champion girls soccer team between the Yellowjackets’ junior varsity and varsity girls basketball games against Windsor tonight.

Oneonta’s JV team will host Windsor for a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game at 6 p.m. today.

The ceremony will begin before warm-ups for the ensuing STAC varsity game and include an appearance by Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller.

OHS won its first state championship in girls soccer last month.


Cooperstown 3, Dolgeville 2

Katie Franck and Kristin Ratliff set them up, and three Cooperstown teammates knocked them down during a Center State Conference victory at home.

Franck finished with 22 assists and Ratliff had 20 for the Hawkeyes (6-0, 2-0), who remained undefeated with a 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 26-24 edging of Dolgeville.

Caroline Leonard had five aces and highlighted three double-digit kills performances for Cooperstown with 14. McKenna Hage contributed 12 kills and Brooke Liner had 11 for the Hawkeyes.

Taylor Brandow’s 16 kills paced Dolgeville (2-3, 1-2), which got 10 kills from Emile Bode, 17 assists from Courtney Normoyle, and 14 digs and 12 assists from Courtney Rachone.

Cooperstown 3, Dolgeville 2

Game scores: 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 26-24.

Dolgeville (2-3, 1-2): Emile Bode 10 kills, 3 blocks, 7 digs; Taylor Brandow 16 kills, block, 13 digs; Courtney Normolye 5 aces, kill, 17 assists, 10 digs; Courtney Rachone 3 aces, 9 kills, 12 assists, 14 digs.

Cooperstown (6-0, 2-0): Brooke Liner 2 aces, 11 kills, 2 assists, block; McKenna Hage 3 aces, 12 kills, 2 blocks; Caroline Leonard 5 aces, 14 kills; Kristin Ratliff ace, 3 kills, 20 assists; Katie Franck 4 aces, 3 kills, 22 assists.