The Daily Star
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Austin Ryan, Kevin Thayer, Leland Slawson and Ryan Marszal won championships Saturday to lead Unatego’s wrestlers to a second-place finish in the 12-team Clyde Cole Tournament at Oxford.A state-tournament qualifier at 120 pounds last season, Ryan earned a 13-6 decision over Cooperstown’s Mikey Boyle in the 126-pound title match.
Thayer started a run of three straight Unatego crowns with a 5-2 decision over Averill Park’s Tyler Moses at 152 pounds.
Slawson followed with a 9-7 decision over Queensbury’s Franky Nassivera in the 160-pound final, and Marszal earned a 6-1 title decision over Queensbury’s Bryce Breault at 170.
Codie Nichols (145) and Riley Hanrahan (182) contributed runner-up finishes for the Spartans, who amassed 193 points to finish second by 2.5 over Oxford. Averill Park won the team title with 200.5 points.
Jesse Griswold and Mark Viviano won championships for sixth-place Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton (153 points).
Griswold cruised to an 8-0 victory over AP’s Cody Meissner in the 132-pound final and Viviano pinned Harpursville’s Brendon VanEtten with one second left in the 195-pound championship match.
B-G/A’s Justin Cirigliano dropped a 5-0 decision to Norwich’s Tristan Rifanburg in the 138-pound final.
Unatego visits Delhi on Wednesday.
Sidney sophomore Austin Dean went 4-0 at 285 pounds to earn Most Oustanding Wrestler honors for the upper weight classes (152-285) during the Saber Invitational at Susquehanna Valley.
Dean capped his run to the title with a 10-2 major decision over Tioga’s Zach Kelsey, giving the Warriors their third champion as Dylan Gifford (145 pounds) and Nicholas Jump (160) also finished first.
Jump pinned SV’s Austin Tingley in the 160-pound final to finish a 3-0 day. Gifford also went 3-0, beating Oneonta High’s James Longo, 9-2, in the 145-pound title match.
Sidney earned 149 points to place third in the nine-team tournament, behind winner Vestal (227 points) and Tioga (168).
OHS junior Mel Ackley won his first tournament championship with a 5-0 decision over Vestal’s Hunter Beck in the 132-pound final.
“We have eight guys on the varsity team and seven placed,” said OHS coach John Nealis, who got a 3-0 run from Ackley en route to a fifth-place finish in the team standings. “Mel’s worked really hard, so this was a nice chance for him and he knocked off another sectional placewinner.
Delhi’s Mike Bryden went 3-0 at 113 pounds, winning the title with a 10-8 decision over Vestal’s Garret Bleir.
Oneonta hosts Chenango Forks on Wednesday. Sidney is off until Dec. 11, when it hosts Walton.
Logan Robinson went 5-0 to lead Walton at the Morrisville-Eaton Duals.
Robinson’s run at 113 pounds included a forfeit victory against Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, pins against East Syracuse-Minoa and Cazenovia, and decisions against Jamesville-Dewitt/Syracuse CBA and host M-E.
Mike Beers went 4-for-5 at 182 pounds, with pins in all four of his victories. Dylan Wood contributed two wins at 120 and two more at 113.
Erin Hascup earned all-tournament honors for Cooperstown, which went 6-4 on Saturday to place fourth in the six-team Dolgeville Invitational.
Westmoreland won the title on a tiebreaker of least defensive points after tying Dolgeville and Mount Markham with 7-3 records in pool play.