Sam Sherrill, Kirkland Dolan and Krishan Chopra won consecutive matches by pin Tuesday, but Oneonta High opened its wrestling season with a 45-30 loss at Norwich in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
“That was good, but we made some boo-boos in the match,” OHS coach John Nealis said. “We had our chances.”
Norwich took control with a three-bout run starting at 145 pounds. Tristan Rifanburg (pin at 145), Frank Garcia (technical fall at 152) and Nick Murphy (pin at 160) fueled the spurt, which gave the Purple Tornado a 39-12 lead with four matches to go.
Sherrill and Dolan followed with back-to-back first-period pins at 170 and 182, respectively, for the Yellowjackets, who got another pin from Chopra in the third period of his 195-pound match.
Freshman Benji Blacklock earned his first varsity victory with a 14-7 decision at 113 for OHS, which also received wins from Dan Decker (5-0 decision at 138) and Kris Walrath (forfeit at 285).
Oneonta will compete Saturday in the Goshen Duals.
Norwich 45, Oneonta 30
at Oneonta; match started at 285
99 pounds: Ty Rifanburg (N) pinned Lucas Chiappisi, 1:02; 106: Dalen Geislinger (N) pinned Jimmy Verrelli, 3:24; 113: Benji Blacklock (O) dec. Chris Brown, 14-7; 120: No match; 126: Carter Hubbard (N) tech. fall Mitchell Spaziani, 16-1, 4:40; 132: Cole Rifanburg (N) pinned Billy Thomas, 3:07; 138: Dan Decker (O) dec. Trey Muserallo, 5-0; 145: Tristan Rifanburg (N) pinned Dalton Ormsby, 1:45; 152: Frank Garcia (N) tech. fall James Longo, 16-1, 6:00; 160: Nick Murphy (N) pinned Austin Scheer, 2:41; 170: Sam Sherrill (O) pinned Bill Clipston, 1:37; 182: Kirkland Dolan (O) pinned Colton Langille, 1:48; 195: Krishan Chopra (O) pinned Nate Scheer, 5:07; 220: Jacob Perone (N) pinned Jason Yung, 1:23; 285: Kris Walrath (O) forfeit. JV score: Tied, 6-6.
Vilson Sandrini rolled team-highs of 178 for a game and 465 for a series to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 5-0 sweep of host Waterville.
Sandrini is a senior and a Rotary exchange student from Brazil who had no bowling experience before this season with Cooperstown.
Paige Hewitt’s 102 game paced Cooperstown’s girls, who fell, 5-0.
Cooperstown hosts Clinton at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Clark Sports Center.
Boys: Cooperstown 5, Waterville 0
Cooperstown: Vilson Sandrini 178 - 465.
Waterville: Claude Horning 143 - 394.
Girls: Waterville 5, Cooperstown 0
Cooperstown: Paige Hewitt 102 - 282.
Waterville: Jennifer Still 160; Megan Eastmus 465.