BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
WAVERLY — SVEC's Ousmane Duncanson was the top seed at 132 pounds at the Section IV Division II Qualifier B tournament here. The fact he placed first may not have been a big surprise, but the dominance and confidence he displayed on the mat may have made a few onlookers sit up and take notice.
The eighth-grader performed like a seasoned veteran as he dominated his bracket. Duncanson pinned Brennan Brockway of Groton in 2:32 and Owego's Jacob Morris in 1:46, then posted a 17-2 technical fall over Deekon Flint of Windsor in the championship round.
Three times, Flint attempted throw-bys in an effort to get the shifty Duncanson off his feet and each time the Eagle grappler was just too slick, countering for takedowns and even putting Flint on his back with a couple of the counters. And when he has an opponent on his back, Duncanson has some strong pinning combinations, the cradle appearing to be his favorite.
Duncanson led, 5-1, after a period and 10-2 after two. In the third period, one last throw-by counter for a takedown and two near-fall points, followed a little later by a three-point near fall, ended the match.
"Ousmane, he likes doing a lot of throws and working a lot of throws in practice and I can safely say he's one of the guys — most of the time you see a guy get tied up like that, you're pretty nervous which way it's going to go —he's one guy I'm fairly confident he's going to come out on top. He knows when to play it safe and when to hip in and throw," SVEC coach Jesse Buck said.
Even though he's pretty comfortable with Duncanson's capabilities, Buck was surprised at his dominance against the Black Knight senior.
"Very much so, especially for an eighth-grader, even in classes, it's a big stage for him," he said. "To go out and perform, be aggressive, not freeze up, that's incredible. Every time he's able to have those experiences, the better prepared he's going to be next time."
Although he is the Eagles' lone champion, he is not SVEC's only wrestler heading to next week's state qualifier as four teammates will join him.
"I felt they did great," Buck said. "I felt there was a couple of them where they were really tight, could have gone either way. It's what we've got to prepare for. We've got to be wrestling every second of the match. That's how they go, but overall I thought everybody competed really, really well. We took the losses well and came back and wrestled well to get on to the next tournament. That's what it's about."
Wyatt Stouffer (99 pounds) and Hunter Cleveland (138) both placed third, Nick Tubbs (170) took fourth and Devin Beach (160) finished fifth.
Stouffer made quick work of Windsor's Nathan Javier with a 32-second fall, but lost in the semifinals to Tim Boyce of Susquehanna Valley by pin in 5:02. He bounced back by pinning Kyle Mead of Deposit / Hancock in 3:49.
Cleveland won by injury default over Regan Conrad of Windsor in 3:28, but dropped a 13-6 decision to eventual champ Garrett Skeens of Waverly. In the consolation he went after Groton's Jeter Neff and posted a fall in 47 seconds.
Tubbs won by fall in 2:26 over Trevor Meyers of Waverly in his opening match, then ran into a couple of tough foes. Returning state runner-up Mikey Squires from Norwich scored a pin in 5:25 in the semis, then Windsor's Langdon Sibley scored a fall in 3:41 in the consolation finals.
Beach was on of the few wrestlers in the tourney who wrestled the maximum allowable five matches. He pinned DJ Turley of Oneonta in 1:03, then dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to Norwich's Dakota Powers. He rebounded with a 51-second fall against M-E's Matt Krapf, then stuck Aidan Lupole of Susquehanna Valley in 1:17. In the fifth-place match, he hit Whitney Point's Killian Prentice with a headlock for a quick 5-0 lead, then battled his way to a 9-6 victory.
Jacob Campolito (195) took sixth, missing qualifying by one win. He lost by fall to Mitch Enright of Susquehanna Valley in 28 seconds, but regrouped with a 31-second pin over Groton's Austin Batzer. In the fifth-place match, he lost to M-E's Shamus McGuire by pin in 4:51.
The Eagles' Jacob Boda (145) and Camrin DePrimo (182) both went 1-2 with a fall. Anthony Speer (220) and John Hammond Jr. (285) were both 0-2. Hammond was forced, the fifth seed, had to medical forfeit out of the tourney.
SVEC finished sixth in the 12-team tournament with 140.5 points, edging out Oneonta by a half-point. Windsor won the team title with 270.5 points, with Norwich (188), Waverly (151), Sus. Valley (132) and Owego (121.5) rounding out the top five.
IN PHOTO 1: SVEC's Ousmane Duncanson (back). ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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