Oneonta 51, CV 24
Joe Sherrill’s pin at 113 pounds secured Oneonta High’s season-opening victory over Southern Tier Athletic Conference host Chenango Valley.
“We clinched at 133, but we had two big wins at 126 and 132,” OHS coach John Nealis said. “We beat two pretty good wrestlers at 126 and 132.
Sherrill started the decisive run with a pin of Mark Gallow in 1:25. Dalton Ormsby followed with a 3-minute, 12-second pin of Brandon Lockwood at 126. Mel Ackley then earned a 9-4 decision over Billy Liberati, who placed in the Section Four Tournament last season.
“All through lineup, we did well,” Nealis said. “We gave up some forfeits, but then we outwrestled them all over.”
OHS also received pins from Sam Sherrill (160 pounds), Cory Corkwell (285), Austin Scheer (140) and James Longo (145).
The Yellowjackets will compete in the Susquehanna Valley Tournament on Saturday.
At Holiday Lanes
Caryn Balnis rolled a 622 series with honor scores of 193, 216 and 213 as Oneonta’s girls swept visiting STAC rival Owego in their season opener.
“That’s a 207 average,” OHS coach Pat Muller said. “If she did that all year, it would probably put her in the top five or top seven in the STAC. That’s pretty good. I hate to look that far ahead because it was just one match, and I don’t want her to take it for granted that she can always do that, but it wasn’t a fluke either.”
Muller said the team’s 2,659 pinfall was even more impressive.
“Only Union-Endicott and Corning did that last year,” he said of the Class AA programs. “Having that kind of depth one-to-five is more impressive to me than a one match individual score. That balance is a really good thing to have.”
Cami Cleaveland contributed a 193 and Emily Loucks had a 540 series that included a 182 and a 180.
Chris Hamilton’s 214 game and 543 series paced Oneonta’s boys, who fell, 5-0.
OHS will compete at Chenango Forks on Monday.