|SECTION IV WRESTLING: SVEC CROWNS TWO CHAMPS AT DIVISION 2 QUALIFIER (2019-02-02)
By TIM BIRNEY
Tioga County Sports Report
WHITNEY POINT — Senior Mark Mullen and sophomore Parker Sexton won titles here Saturday afternoon at the Section IV, Division 2 Qualifier B, and five of their teammates logged top-six finishes to help the Eagles to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.
Norwich won the team title with 224.5 points, while BGAH was second at 191.5 points, Waverly was third with 134 points, and Chenango Valley was fourth with 120.5 points. SVEC tallied 116 points.
Senior Dell Davis finished second for the Eagles, while 7th-grader Osumane Duncanson and sophomore Jacob Campolito each finished fourth, sophomore Hunter Cleveland finished fifth, and junior Alex Morse placed sixth.
“Overall, it was a pretty good day,” said SVEC coach Ernie Marilley. “We had three in the finals … we expected three in the finals and they came through for us.
“We brought nine today, and seven of them placed and are moving on to next week,” he added. “I’m pretty happy with our day.”
Mullen went 3-0 on the day — all by fall — to win the 182-pound title.
“Mark (Mullen) has been wrestling well, we just need to keep moving him forward,” said Marilley. “We told him in the beginning of the year he’s the guy to beat, and that there’s a bullseye on his back.
“He is persevering, and handling those expectations well,” added Marilley.
Mullen opened the tournament with a pin of Greene-Oxford’s Jon Thurston in 1:41, then advanced to the finals with a pin of Waverly 8th-grader Gage Tedesco in 3:41.
In the championship match, Mullen decked Dryden’s Wes Floor in 1:38.
Sexton also went 3-0 on the day to win the 132-pound weight class.
Sexton flattened BGAH’s Trevor Ross in 1:21 in the quarterfinals, then pinned Norwich’s Izaiah Caballero in 4:43 in the semifinals.
In the finals, Sexton overcame an early takedown to forge a 5-2 win over Dryden’s Sam Dow.
“Parker (Sexton) has wrestled (Sam) Dow three times, and it’s always difficult to wrestle someone three times in a season,” said Marilley. “He keeps going out there and wrestling strong.”
Davis, in only his second year on the wrestling team, went 2-1 to finish second in the 195-pound bracket.
Davis opened the day with a pin of Marathon’s Chris Barned in 1:10 in the quarterfinals. He followed it up with a pin of BGAH’s Rocco Arduini in 3:27 in the semifinals.
In the finals, Davis scored an early takedown, but Greene-Oxford’s Noah Kennedy bounced back to win a 12-2 major decision.
At 113 pounds, Duncanson opened with a 10-0 major decision over Norwich’s Mason Edwards in the quarterfinals, but dropped a 4-1 decision to top-seed Kyle Willard of Groton in the semifinals.
In the third-place mach, BGAH’s Dylan Decker forged an 11-2 major decision over Duncanson.
“Ousmane (Duncanson) is only a 7th-grader, so you never know exactly what you’re going to get,” said Marilley. “He really impressed me today.”
At 220 pounds, Campolito pinned Waverly’s Trent Skeens in 2:55 in the quarterfinals, but lost via first-period fall to Oneonta’s Richie Serafin in the semifinals.
In the third-place match, Chenango Valley’s Shane Follette pinned Campolito in 2:44.
At 126 pounds, Cleveland lost via fall in 5:39 to Marathon’s Ethan Morrison in the quarterfinals. He bounced back in the consolation semifinals with a pin of Moravia’s Nate Eberhart in 3:33.
In the fifth-place match, Cleveland decked Dryden’s R.J. Belanger in 1:41.
At 145 pounds, Morse dropped a hard-fought 4-0 decision to Norwich’s Keegan Wright int he quarterfinals, then bounced back with a pin over Marathon’s Mike Wales in 4:34 in his first consolation-bracket match.
In the consolation semifinals, Morse flattened Whitney Point’s Jordan Canniff in 1:18 to advance to the fifth-place match, where he dropped a 6-4 overtime decision to BGAH’s Brady Buttice.
Sophomore Taylor Frey, at 170 pounds, and freshman Devin Beach, at 152, both went 0-2 on the day.
“I’m impressed with how our guys wrestled today,” said Marilley. “We have some things to work on this week. We’ll get back at it, and hopefully improve a little bit for next weekend.”
SVEC returns to action Friday in Day 1 of the Section IV, Division 2 championships at Windsor High School.
IN PHOTOS 1-5: SVEC’s Mark Mullen. IN PHOTOS 6-10: SVEC’s Parker Sexton. IN PHOTOS 11-13: SVEC’s Dell Davis. IN PHOTOS 14-16: SVEC’s Osumane Duncanson. IN PHOTOS 17-18: SVEC’s Jason Campolito. IN PHOTOS 19-20: SVEC’s Hunter Cleveland. IN PHOTOS 21-22: SVEC’s Alex Morse. IN PHOTOS 23-24: SVEC’s Devin Beach. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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