The Daily Star
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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.
Other area runner-ups were Delhi’s Mike Bryden (injury default at 106); Walton’s Logan Robinson (2-1 loss at 113); B-G/A’s Kevin Hubbard (4-0 loss at 126); Unatego’s Ryan Marszal (9-1 loss at 170); and Sidney’s Alex Morrow (pinned in 4:37 at 285).
“It’s a good momentum builder,” MacNaught said of the MACs, which will be followed by the Section Four class meets this coming weekend. “It’s not technically the postseason, but we always try to treat the MAC Tournament as the postseason to get going.”
B-G/A will compete in the Section Four Class C Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday at Lansing.
Waverly will host the Class B sectional tournament and Unadilla Valley is the home site for the Class D event.
The top five finishers in each weight class earn automatic berths to the Section Four Division II Championships, which will run Feb. 8-9 at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton.
“Our first goal next week is top five,” MacNaught said. “A bad week next week really doesn’t hurt you. A bad week in two weeks, you’re done.”
Cooperstown’s Jacob Miller needed overtime to win the 145-pound title during the Center State Conference Championships at Whitesboro.
Miller secured his crown with a two-point takedown in the extra period, giving him a 6-4 decision over Ilion’s Bryan Bennett.
Miller used a reversal to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead with two seconds left in regulation, but Bennett escaped at the buzzer to tie the score and force overtime. Miller’s takedown came 10 seconds into overtime to end it.
The Redskins also received a fourth from Mikey Boyle at 120 pounds and a fifth from Kevin Segit at 195.
Cooperstown scored 48.5 points to finish 14th in the 21-team tournament, which was won by Holland Patent (145 points).
The Redskins will compete in the Section Three Class D Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Creek.
Oneonta High teammates James Longo and Corey Corkwell had top-four finishes Friday during the Southern Tier Athletic Conference Championships at Elmira.
Longo earned the Yellowjackets’ best finish when he pinned Union-Endicott’s Shalik Napoleon in 2:22 to win the third-place match at 145 pounds.
Corkwell also advanced to the consolation finals but was pinned by fellow 285-pounder Juwin Jumpp in 4:15.
Sam Sherrill (152) and Kirkland Dolan (160) contributed fifth-place finishes for the Jackets, whose 81 points were good for ninth place in the 16-team tournament. Johnson City won the team title with 232.5 points.
Oneonta will compete in the Section Four Class B Championships this Saturday at Waverly.