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January 6, 2014

Four champs help BGAH win wrestling title at OHS

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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.”

The Yellowjackets also received a third-place finish from Austin Scheer (160) and a fourth-place showing from Sam Sherrill (152).

Other area wrestlers who finished third were BGAH’s Michael David Robinson (138), Unatego’s Lucas DeJoy (152) and Nate Wilsey (182), and Edmeston’s Grey Bennis (195). Others finishing fourth from the area were BGAH’s Kevin Hubbard (126), Delhi’s Patrick Brown (132) and Unatego’s Bradey Bean (285).

Of seeing 10 of the 15 finals end in pins, Nealis said: “The finals did fly right by. It’s partly because we had some quality kids in the finals.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Stamford 58, Walton 36

Matt Anderson scored a game-high 16 points to lead host Stamford to a non-league victory Saturday.

Gregg Mattice and Greg Keating scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Indians, who received eight points from Jesse Hults.

“We’ve bee showing a little better balance and playing better as a unit,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said.

O’Connell also singled out the defense of Keating, who served as the chaser on Walton’s Colin Adam in Stamford’s box-and-one defense.

“He didn’t get a lot of looks,” O’Connell said of Adam, who scored two points. “That probably disrupted their offense a little bit.”

Stamford (6-3) will travel to Davenport on Thursday.

Waterville 69, Cooperstown 54

Christian Alexander scored a team-best 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but visiting Cooperstown fell in the Center State Conference on Saturday.

Jordan Manikas and Park Summers each contributed 10 points apiece for Cooperstown (6-4, 4-2), which will host Dolgeville on Tuesday.

‘‘They’re very big and physical,’’ Cooperstown coach David Bertram said of Waterville, which is ranked

seventh in the state in Class C.

Jon Piersma had 24 points to lead Waterville.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

CV 39, B-G 27

Morgan Bullis and Abbey Smith scored 10 and nine points, respectively, for Bainbridge-Guilford, which dropped a non-league game Friday.

“They’re very athletic, they have good size and they’re pretty quick,” B-G coach Bob Conway said of Chenango Valley, which lost by two points to Oneonta High earlier this season. “They’re very athletic all the way around.”

Hannah Elliott had 15 points to lead the Warriors.

“Defensively we’ve been doing a pretty good job all year long, no matter who we play,” Conway said. “The No. 1 thing is we’re giving up a ton of extra shots, but we’ve struggled putting the ball in the basket.”

B-G (4-4) will host Hancock on Wednesday.

VOLLEBYALL

Hamilton Tournament

The Hawkeyes reached the semifinals and finished third overall in the Hamilton Tournament on Saturday.

Cooperstown lost, 15-13, in a tiebreaker against Hamilton after the teams split two games in the semifinals.

Cooperstown went 4-2 in pool play.

On Friday, visiting Cooperstown beat Little Falls, 25-13, 25-14, 30-28, in a Center State Conference match.

Katie Franck had nine assists and seven aces to lead Cooperstown, which received four kills, three assists and three aces from Kristin Ratliff.

Cooperstown (7-1, 3-1) will travel to Owen D. Young today.