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January 6, 2014

Four champs help BGAH win wrestling title at OHS


Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville rode individual wrestling titles from Chris Cirigliano, Josh Lindsey, Ben Bivar and Jamie Griswold to a team championship in the 25th Ross Cordell Rotary Tournament on Saturday at Oneonta High.

BGAH finished with 182.5 points to earn its first Rotary title.

Runner-up Cobleskill-Richmondville had 155 points followed by first-day leader Elmira with 147.

Oneonta finished tied for seventh with Saugerties. Both schools had 114 points.

“We’re excited to finish seventh in a strong field,” OHS coach John Nealis wrote in an email to The Daily Star. Nealis added in his email that the tournament was dedicated to founder and longtime tournament director Tom Marks on Friday night. Marks was presented with an award and a banner was raised in his honor.

“It’s a long overdue honor for him,” Nealis said.

Unatego, which received a title from Ryan Marszal, finished 10th with 96 points. Delhi (31), Edmeston (15) and Unadilla Valley (three) finished 13th, 14th and 16th, respectively, in the 16-team tournament.

During Friday’s opening day, BGAH advanced six wrestlers to the semifinals. All of them continued on to the finals Saturday.

Cirigliano earned BGAH’s first title by pinning C-R’s Lane Pleickhardt in 3 minutes, 21 seconds at 106 pounds.

The next final saw Lindsey down Oneonta’s Mitchell Spaziani, 7-2, at 113. Spaziani scored first on a takedown before Lindsey took control.

Bivar’s title at 132 was capped with a 6-2 decision over Saugerties’ Biko Skalla.

In the 152-pound final, Griswald beat C-R’s Zac Cooper, 3-1.

Madison Hoover (145) and Shane Curtin (285) also advanced to the finals for BGAH. Both were pinned by the second period of their championship matches.

Along with Spaziani, Kirkland Dolan also made it to the finals for OHS. Dolan lost, 18-10, to Marszal in the 170-pound final.

“Overall, the other kid was in control, but Kirkland had a couple of reversals,” Nealis said. “But he got reversed right back. It was a fairly exciting match with a lot of points. Ryan is one of the top guys (in Section Four) to beat at that weight, so maybe later on we’ll have a glimmer of hope.”

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