SECTION IV WRESTLING: NV, OWEGO CLAIM ONE CHAMPION EACH AT QUALIFIER
(2019-02-02)BY TIM TAYLORTioga County Sports Report
OWEGO - Owego's Cam Bundy and Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert captured individual championships at the Section IV Division II qualifier here Saturday.
Both wrestlers were seeded to win their respective weight classes, but Rupert had to avoid a near-disaster to get to the top of the podium.
The senior faced off against OM / WG's Dylan Houseknecht, a foe he had pinned in each of their previous two meetings, in the 285-pound title bout. This time, however, Houseknecht was not going down without a fight. He battled Rupert to a scoreless stand-off in the first period, then scored an escape in the second for a 1-0 lead. Still there was no need to panic.
Then came the unexpected. Houseknecht threw in a half-nelson from the knees and suddenly Rupert was on his back. Houseknecht was just a fraction of an inch away from chalking up a major upset, but that fraction might as well have been a mile. He was unable to close the door on Rupert, they would eventually go out of bounds and Rupert would have new life. Down, 4-0, he was able to roll Houseknecht and switch off to a cradle to register career fall No. 103 at 5:27.
"He needs to wake up," said NV head coach Mike Daly. "That was one of his less impressive matches. Sometimes you wrestle somebody more than once and you think it's going to go the same because it's gone that way before. You pin them one week n they want to pin you the next. I think anyone who's had that level of success throughout the year needs that little eye opener.
"To Trentyn's credit, he did what he had to. He knew where he was on the edge, he knew he needed to not get pinned and keep scooting, and he did that. I'm not saying that I liked that match. I didn't. Things need to be different, but champions find a way to win and he found a way when the chips were down to come back. The kid has heart."
Rupert's other wins were a pin over Windsor's Camdyn Adams in 59 seconds and a 17-2 technical fall against Unatego / Unadilla Valley's Jacob Marshall.
There were some mixed emotions for Daly.
"Today's about next week, so we got eight out of nine (advancing)," he said. "A little heartbreak in the one that didn't get there. He's done a great job, but some of our skeletons came back. The last two weeks have been tough. We practiced two, three times in two weeks and you can see that, but they did a great job."
He was referring to Collin McCall, a 160-pounder who has been filling a hole at 170.
The Cardinals had another wrestler miss the tournament due to a concussion and Josh Post, a four-time Section IV Division I place-winner, missed the entire season with an injury.
"It's kind of been that kind of season for us," Daly said.
Bundy had no such dramatics en route to the 170-pound title. He decked OM / WG's Josh Beckley in 59 seconds, then blanked Windsor's Noah Yadlosky, 6-0, in the semifinals. In the championship bout, he scored a takedown and two near-fall points for a 4-0 lead over Unatego / Unadilla Valley's Sammy Cole, then put Cole to his back again on the way to an 8-0 advantage. Cole would pick up an escape in the third period, but Bundy added another takedown to pick up a 10-1 major decision.
The Indians would put one other grappler in the finals. Third-seeded Tyler Benjamin upset No. 2 Brandon Snyder of Edison, 3-1, in the semis. He was unable to repeat that feat against top-seeded Trevor Frable of Susquehanna Valley. Frable scored a second-period escape, but Benjamin tied things up with a technical violation point in the third. As the battle moved into its final seconds, Frable was able to score a takedown with two ticks on the clock for a 3-1 victory. Benjamin also had a pin over Kaylieb Stanton of Walton / Delhi inches first match of the day.
NV advanced Cameron Carrier (160) and Joey Woodmansee (220) into the finals. Carrier scored pins over Travis Knapp of Unatego / Unadilla Valley in 1:38 and Dan Calkins of Sidney in 4:48, but fell by pin to Tioga's Zac Warner in 3:48. Woodmansee decked Garrett Ellis of M-E in 1:43, then decisioned Evan Kenyon of Deposit / Hancock, 5-2. In the championship, he lost to Windsor's Collin Bidwell, 3-0, on a third-period escape and takedown.
Taking third for Owego were Matt Laubach (99), Andrew Laubach (132) and James Bundy (182).
Andrew Laubach nearly scored what would have been a big upset in his seminal with Tioga's Brady Worthing. Down, 5-0, he put the state runner-up to his back (to the dismay of several spectators when a pin wasn't called) in the process of scoring a reversal, then locked up his signature cradle to tie the score at 5-5. Worthign would recover, however, and build a 15-7 advantage before recording a fall with 10 second left in the bout. Laubach, who battle past Windsor's Deekon Flint in his first match, 9-6, would receive a win via injury default in the consolation finals.
Matt Laubach faced a Tioga foe in the semis as well, and battled Gianni Silvestri through their match until Silvestri pulled away late for an 8-4 decision. Laubach scored two falls on the day, decking Lucas DeMott of Sidney in 5:20 in his opener and Walton / Delhi's Noah Sovocool in 1:29 in the consi finals.
James Bundy upset fourth-seeded Antonio Steinhauer with a fall in 2:24 in the quarterfinal before falling to top-seeded Brandon Butler of Windsor, 6-1, in the semis. In the third-place match, he dispatched M-E's Roman Jellick in 4:21.
Owego's Avery Middendorf placed fourth at 126 and Kaden Russell was fourth at 160.
Middendorf pinned Andrew Hartford of OM / WG in 1:10, then lost in the semis to top-seeded Chandler Merwin from Walton / Delhi, 15-0. He dropped a 3-1 tie-breaker to Windsor's Mike McDaniels for third.
Russell upset NV's Connor Jacobson with a fall in 3:47, then lost to Tioga's Zac Warner by fall in 4:50 in the semis. He dropped a 7-5 thriller to Dan Calkins of Sidney in the consolation final.
Cooper Cantella was fifth at 285 and Zach Miner took sixth at 145.
Cantella lost by pin to Tioga's Stephen Taylor in 56 seconds, then turned around and pinned M-E's Jeff Snoover in 58 seconds. He upset Sus Valley's Connor Cleary, 2-1, for fifth.
Miner fell to Langdon Sibley of Windsor by pin in 5:54, then pinned Cobe Eisenstein of M-E in 4:17. In the fifth place match, he fell to Sus Valley's Edwin Lavin, 9-0.
NV's Josh Duke finished third at 195 despite missing big chunk of the season due to injury. He upset No. 4 seed Jeff Ellis of M-E with a fall in 4:23, then dropped a 3-0 decision to the top-seeded Frable. He notched his second n upset of the tourney when he won a high-scoring thriller over the second-seeded Snyder, 14-9.
Jacobson was fifth at 160, losing by fall to Owego's Russell, then pinning M-E's Shamus McGuire in 1:26 and Sus Valley's Kyle Leonard in 2:27.
NV's Andrew Post (113), Mark Vosburgh (126) and Mike Post (132), and Owego's Austin Culver (152) made it into the final eight, each qualifying for the the sectional tournament.
"I think we wrestled OK," said Owego head coach Nick Rodgers. "I wouldn't say we performed at our very best, but overall we did an adequate job. Lost a bunch of close ones, but I'd rather have it happen in this tournament than next weekend.
"Everyone except one got through, so we're pretty happy with that. And they each get a chance to compete at sectionals where it counts."
Tioga would rack up 251 points to win the team title over runner-up Windsor (192.5). Walton / Delhi was third (162.5 points), Owego was fourth (133), Sidney fifth (132) and NV sixth (106.5) in the 12-team field.
Owego and NV advanced all but one wrestler each to the Section IV Division II championships Friday and Saturday at Windsor.
IN PHOTO 1: Owego's Andrew Laubach locks up a cradle against returning state runner-up Brady Worthing of Tioga. Worthing avoided a potential upset to win the match. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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