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January 14, 2013

Unatego crowns four champions at Wickham Classic

Staff Report

Four Unatego wrestlers won championships Saturday, helping the host Spartans to a second-place finish at the 16-team Dan Wickham Classic.

Codie Nichols (145 pounds), Kevin Thayer (152), Leland Slawson (160) and Riley Hanrahan (182) won titles for Unatego, which had 179 points to beat third-place Delhi by 60. Saranac scored 237.5 points for the team crown. Sidney (114.5 points) finished fourth, Walton and Unadilla Valley (75) tied for 10th, and Edmeston (16) placed 15th.

Other area Wickham Classic champions were Mike Bryden (106) of Delhi, Logan Robinson (113) of Walton, Nicholas Jump (170) of Sidney, and Richie Conklin (285) of Unadilla Valley.

Nichols capped his 4-0 run Saturday by pinning Harpursville’s Cody Snow in 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

Thayer and Slawson also ended 4-0 runs with a pin. Thayer stopped Delhi’s Mike Neuman in 2:22, and Slawson won his title with a 1:03-pin of Chenango Valley’s Robert Woodward.

“That’s the second week in a row we did that,” Unatego coach Mike Hamilton said of Nichols, Thayer and Slawson winning titles in consecutive weight classes during a tournament. The trio did the same the previous weekend at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell Tournament at Oneonta High. “I kind of expected Riley to win, too. I thought he’d wrestle well and he did.”

Hanrahan pinned Delhi’s Kyle Clark in the 182-pound final, in 3:27, to highlight his 3-0 day.

Bryden and Robinson also went 3-0. Bryden pinned Shawn Lagraves from Saranac with 3 seconds left in the 106-pound title match. Robinson pinned Delhi’s Patrick Brown in the 113-pound final in 2:58.

Jump’s 4-0 run ended with a 2-1 decision over Unatego’s Ryan Marszal in the 170-pound championship match.

Conklin went 2-0, pinning Britton Shaw of Vestal in the 285-pound final.

Derek Northrop (132) of Sidney, Tyler Olson (138) of Unadilla Valley, Kyle Clark (182) of Delhi and Austin Dean (220) of Sidney earned runner-up finishes.

UV’s Collin Izard (132), Delhi’s Trey Mostert (138), Unatego’s Nate Wilsey (170) and Edmeston’s Grey Bennis (182) won consolation finals for third place.

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