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February 4, 2013

Bears, Spartans highlight Class C wrestling meet

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Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton and Unatego crowned three champions apiece during the Section Four Class C wrestling championships Saturday at Lansing.

It was a deep Sidney squad, however, that earned the best team finish as the Warriors placed second with 175.5 points. Austin Dean’s 27-second pin of Tioga’s Zach Kelsey marked the only title for the Warriors, who finished behind Greene (212 points) in the 11-team tournament.

Chris Cirigliano (106 pounds), Jesse Griswold (132) and Mark Viviano (195) earned championships for B-G/A, which amassed 165 points for fifth place. All three Bears won by pinfall in their respective title matches.

Codie Nichols (145), Kevin Thayer (152) and Ryan Marszal (182) won their finals by decision for Unatego, which placed seventh with 151 points.

Area runner-ups were Sidney’s Nicholas Jump (170), Kai Sabada (195) and Alex Morrow (220); Unatego’s Austin Ryan (126) and Leland Slawson (160); and B-G/A’s Jamie Griswold (152).

The Bears’ Josh Lindsey (99) and Justin Cirigliano (138) placed third, as did Sidney’s Derek Northrop (132) and Unatego’s Riley Hanrahan (182).

The top five wrestlers in each weight class qualified for the Section Four Division II Championships, which are set for this Friday and Saturday at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton.

Section Four Class B

Kirkland Dolan and Cory Corkwell earned runner-up finishes for Oneonta High during the Section Four Class B Championships at Waverly.

Doland pushed his 160-pound final to the third period before Brandon Ellers of Waverly pinned him in 5:03. Corkwell also lost his title match by pinfall as Windsor’s Matt Abbott won the 285-pound crown in 3:53.

“We are having a strong finish to another winning season,” said OHS coach John Nealis, whose team finished fourth with 125.5 points. Maine-Endwell won the team title with 162.5 points.

Oneonta also received a third from James Longo, who won the 145-pound consolation final by default over Dryden’s Jeremy Andrews.

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