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January 28, 2013

B-G/A wrestlers win MAC; Spartans second

Staff Report

Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton and Unatego crowned three wrestling champions apiece Saturday en route to a 1-2 team finish in the Midstate Athletic Conference Championships at Unadilla Valley.

Jesse Griswold, Justin Cirigliano and Mark Viviano won titles for the Bears, who finished with 165 points for their second team championship in three seasons.

Kevin Thayer won the Tom Robertson Award as the Most Outstanding Wrestler and joined teammates Codie Nichols and Leland Slawson as champions to pace Unatego, which amassed 133.5 points.

Deposit-Hancock placed third with 120.5 points, followed by Sidney (105) and Walton (103). Delhi finished eighth at 67, Unadilla Valley was 10th at 34, and Edmeston rounded out the scoring in the 11-team tournament with four points.

Defending champion Greene placed seventh with 79.5 points. Oxford (sixth, 90 points) and Harpursville (ninth, 61) also competed.

Griswold won the 132-pound title with a 9-8 decision over Sidney’s Derek Northrop that was decided by a late escape.

“That was a wild finish,” B-G/A coach Brandon MacNaught said. “Jesse was up, 8-4, with less than 30 seconds left and Derek throws him to his back.”

Northrop got two points on the takedown and two more in back points to tie it, but Griswold escaped for the decisive point.

Cirigliano followed with a 3-1 decision over Unatego’s Lucas DeJoy in the 138-pound final, earning his second straight MAC championship.

Nichols (145 pounds), Thayer (152) and Slawson (160) then had consecutive decisions in their title bouts for the Spartans. Nichols won his second straight MAC crown with a 7-4 defeat of B-G/A’s Jamie Griswold, as did Thayer with an 11-8 victory over Oxford’s Nick Hansen. Slawson also won a tight final, edging Sidney’s Nicholas Jump, 3-1.

The Bears’ Mark Viviano also made it two MAC titles in a row when he pinned Sidney’s Kai Sabada 3 minutes, 5 seconds into the 195-pound final.

Sidney’s Austin Dean (220) joined Walton’s Dylan Wood (120) and Mike Beers (182) as area champions. Dean pinned Oxford’s Garyn Huntley in 58 seconds; Wood had an 8-2 decision over Deposit-Hancock’s Colby Hall; and Beers ended his title run with a 7-1 win over Delhi’s Kyle Clark.

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