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.
The Spartans will compete next in the Section Four Duals on Friday and Saturday. Hamilton said the seedings were supposed to be set Sunday night. Higher seeds will host the first round Friday. Winners will advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals in the Elmira area, which also will host the semifinals and championships.
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton teammates Jamie Griswold (152) and Mark Viviano (195) won titles at the Central New York Tournament Saturday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
The Bears duo led B-G/A (99) to a sixth-place finish in the tournament, which was won by Camden (134). Cooperstown (46.5) placed 17th.
Griswold won a 4-3 decision over Gage Patry of Vestal in their final. He finished 4-0, winning his other three matches with first-round pins.
Viviano won his fourth tournament of the season. He also won titles at the Clyde Cole in Oxford, the Windsor Christmas Tournament and the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell Tournament. He went 4-0 at the CNY, beating Jim Laurenzo of New Hartford, 4-2, in the final.
Four other area wrestlers had top-four finishes: B-G/A’s Jesse Griswold (132) placed second; teammate Tim Parsons (138) was third; and the Cooperstown tandem of Jacob Miller (145) and Mikey Boyle (120) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Jesse Griswold, who also won crowns at the Cordell and the Cole, lost his second match of the year. He was pinned by Mohawk’s John Mazza at 3:15.
Miller won his consolation match against Mohawk’s Tim Rathbun, 10-2.
Boyle lost to Windsor’s Nate Hayes, 2-1, in the consolations.
Laurens 50, Franklin 37
David Fraser scored a team-high 13 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Laurens to a home win Saturday in the Tri-Valley League.
The Leopards outscored the Purple Devils, 25-14, in the second half.
“In the second half, we went to a full-court press,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said. “We were able to get turnovers and make quick buckets.”
Derek Beers had a game-high 15 points for Franklin.
The event was part of an eight-game Coaches vs. Cancer day at Laurens, which raised more than $1,700 for the American Cancer Society, Carr said.
Mitchell Barra, Ryan Holmes and Jared Conklin scored nine points each for Laurens (6-5, 4-3), which hosts Schenevus on Friday.
Franklin 44, G-MU 36
All 16 of Derek Beers’ points came as Franklin built a 15-point halftime lead and the host Purple Devils hung on for a Tri-Valley League victory Friday.
Beers hit four three-pointers before halftime.
Gilbertsville-Mount Upton went to a box-and-one on Beers in the second half.
Tim French scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half for the Raiders, who narrowed their deficit to three points with about 3 ½ minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But Alex Brownell and Matt D’Angelo scored off inbounds plays to help Franklin restore its lead. Brownell finished with 15 points.
Margaretville 48, Stamford 42
With Margaretville holding a one-point lead and about 1:30 left, Kyle Short was fouled shooting a three-pointer and made all three free throws to help the visiting Blue Devils to a Delaware League victory Friday.
Short scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including 6-for-7 from the line, as Margaretville outscored the Indians, 18-13.
“We didn’t take care of the ball,” Stamford coach Greg O’Connell said. “All year I’ve been pleased with my team being poised and we were not poised in the last three minutes tonight.”
Short finished with 12 points, one more than teammate Ryan Sanford. Cooper Reither had 10 points for the Margaretville, with six coming in the final quarter.
Greg Mattice had 13 points for Stamford (8-3, 6-2), which will host Windham on Tuesday.
Davenport 53, Downsville 18
Eight of Michael Libby’s 14 points came during a 16-4 first-quarter run that helped host Davenport to a Delaware League victory Friday.
Josh Davi’s 15-point night included three three-pointers for the Wildcats (4-5), who led, 24-10, at halftime.
Billy Smith and Dayton Frey had six points for Downsville.
Davenport travels to Hunter-Tannersville on Tuesday.
SK 57, Jefferson 46
Anthony Salcido scored a season-high 26 points to lead South Kortright to a Delaware League victory on the road Friday.
Salcido hit 11 field goals – including the Rams’ only three-pointer – and went 3-for-7 at the foul line for SK, which took a 32-21 lead into halftime.
The Rams played without top scorer Trevor Holdridge. Jefferson coach Rick Cammer said he was unsure if Holdridge’s absence was related to illness or injury or both.
James Reeves scored 15 points and Nicholas Starheim had 13 to pace the J-Hawks (0-8), who are off until a Jan. 22 game at Windham.
Gilboa 56, Roxbury 38
Gilboa used a 25-8 run to begin the second half Friday and went on to a road victory in the Delaware League.
Zak Perry scored a game-high 17 points and Tyler Latta contributed 16 for the Wildcats, who received 12 points from Hunter Grace.
Dakota Caronia scored 11 points to lead Roxbury (4-5, 4-2), which will host South Kortright on Wednesday.
H-T 65, Windham 24
Dylan Legg scored 17 points and Neal Statts had 15 to lead Hunter-Tannersville, which won on the road Friday in the Delaware League.
Zach Mudge contributed 13 points for the Wildcats.
Luke Rasmussen had 11 points for Windham (2-5, 2-5), which will travel to Stamford on Tuesday.
Davenport 49, Jefferson 33
Cassie Wubbenhorst scored a game-high 15 points as Davenport won a Delaware League road game Saturday with a strong second-half performance.
Jefferson led, 22-15, at halftime before getting outscored, 20-6, in the third quarter. The Wildcats made 18 of 20 free throws, compared to a 4-for-7 performance at the foul line for the J-Hawks.
“They have a good three-quarter-court, 1-2-2 defense that caused us problems,” Jefferson coach Scott Valens said. “They went to that in the second half. We started making turnovers and that gave them easy lay-ups.”
Sarah Haight scored 13 points and Melissa Sperry had 10 for Davenport.
Elissa Starheim scored 10 points to lead Jefferson (3-6, 3-4), which hosts Andes on Wednesday.
Franklin 56, Laurens 29
Jordan Beers scored a game-high 32 points as Franklin cruised to a Tri-Valley League victory Saturday.
Beers hit 10 field goals – including three three-pointers – and went 9-for-10 at the foul line for the Purple Devils (8-0, 6-0), who took a 33-12 lead into halftime of the Coaches vs. Cancer game.
“She’s smooth,” Laurens coach Allen Ruffles said of junior guard Beers, who leads area girls basketball players with 24.8 points per game. “Everything she shot went in. We even ran a box-and-one on her, too. It doesn’t matter. She’s good.”
Marisa Cawley contributed 15 points for Franklin, which visits Morris on Tuesday.
Courtney Sherry’s seven points paced the Leopards, who host Worcester in a varsity-only game at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Franklin 56, G-MU 33
Marisa Cawley and Jordan Beers combined for 38 points as unbeaten Franklin cruised to a Tri-Valley League road victory Friday.
Cawley had a game-high 22 points.
“She’s the real deal, too” Gilbertsville-Mount Upton coach Jim Johnson said of Cawley, a 6-footer. “Jordan’s so unselfish. We held her to 16 points, but we didn’t do anything to stop her. She just saw it was Marisa’s night.”
G-MU trailed, 16-14, after one quarter before Franklin outscored the Raiders, 33-7, over the middle quarters.
Nikki Savarese had nine points for G-MU (3-6, 2-4), which will travel to Edmeston on Tuesday.
Morris 40, RS 12
Amanda Flint and Kelsea Webster had 10 and nine points, respectively, to lead host Morris in the Tri-Valley League on Friday.
Alexis Forgit contributed eight points for the Mustangs (7-1, 6-0), who will host Franklin on Wednesday.
Kaity Richvalsky had five points to lead Richfield Springs.
CV-S 38, Worcester 24
Maddie Archer scored nine of her game high 14 points in the fourth quarter Friday as host Cherry Valley-Springfield pulled away in the Tri-Valley League.
The Patriots closed on a 17-4 run.
“We came out with a little more intensity on defense in the fourth quarter and executed on the offensive end,” CV-S coach Terry Dubben said.
Jamie Thompson had seven points to lead Worcester.
CV-S (6-4, 4-2) will travel to Schenevus on Tuesday.
Edmeston 34, Laurens 33
Host Edmeston outscored Laurens, 12-2, from the free throw line en route to a Tri-Valley League victory Friday.
Shelby McCall and Kelsey Bresett had eight points apiece for the Panthers, outscored the Leopards, 16-13, in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Kessler had a game-high 10 points for Laurens.
Edmeston (5-5, 2-4) will host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Tuesday.
at 20th Century Lanes
John Gorshack rolled a 600 series that included a 258 game to lead Sidney to a 3-1 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday.
Bryant Gray contributed games of 210 and 214 for the Warriors. Zach Newman threw a 605 series to lead B-G.
Sidney’s girls won, 4-0. They were led by Marina Mazzarella’s 576 series that included a 202 game.
Amanda Decker rolled a 206 for B-G.
Sidney travels to Hancock on Wednesday.
Keith Thayer’s team-best 477 series included a 173 as Cooperstown’s boys lost, 5-0, at New York Mills on Friday.
Section Four Meet
Windham swept the boys and girls giant slalom races in a Section Four Meet on Friday at Plattekill Mountain.
Brandon Cohane of Windham placed first on the boys side, beating teammate Malcom Seamans by .78 seconds. Windham skiers took three of the top four spots.
Cayley Woodbeck of Windham and Kaelie VanLoan of Roxbury tied for first on the girls side with a time of 32.36. Windham’s Natalie Vining took third (32.62).
The next race is Tuesday at Belleayre.
Section Four Meet
Oneonta High’s Ben Gollin took first in the 1,000-meter boys run with a time of 2:38.82 during a non-scoring Section Four Age-Group Meet on Saturday at Cornell University.
Gollin also had a fifth in the 300 (38.96). Teammate Aaron Murphy finished second in the triple jump, at 41 feet, 5 inches.
Area athletes took three of the top six spots in the boys and girls shot put. Sidney’s Matt Fischer won the boys title at 43-3, followed by second-place Pedro Aparicio of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton (43-3) and his teammate Chris Puerile, who placed fourth at 41-9.
Sidney’s Samantha Mullineaux had a runner-up finish in the girls shot put, at 30-3. Kim Kehr of Walton placed fifth (27-8.25) and Herrick was sixth (27-4.5). Herrick also placed third in the high jump (4-10).
B-G/A’s girls got a third from Katrina Ross in the 55 hurdles (10.15).
Bears sophomore standout Julia Knapp competed against girls in grades 9 and 10 only and won the 300 in 43.39 and the long jump at 16-6.75.
Other 9-10 age-group winners were Sidney’s Dean Howard in the boys 300 (1:29.89), Oneonta’s Taylor Hitchcock in the girls 3,000, and Sidney’s Cindy Kaptan in the girls shot put (27-11).