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THE SPORTS REPORTS: ATHENS' BRADLEY HEADLINES ALL-REGION TEAM AS 'WRESTLER OF YEAR;' TIOGA COUNTY DOMINATES OTHER MAJOR AWARDS (2022-04-01)

The Sports Reports
Athens senior Gavin Bradley capped a brilliant career with PIAA gold and headlines The Sports Reports’ 2021-22 All-Region team as “Wrestler of the Year.”

Tioga junior Emily Sindoni became the first-ever Section IV girls champion, and went on to win an unofficial state title, and is the “Girls Wrestler of the Year,” while Waverly freshman Kam Hills qualified for States in his first varsity season to earn “Newcomer of the Year,” and Tioga 8th-grader Jayden Duncanson, who finished third in the State in his first full season of varsity action, is the “Breakout Wrestler of the Year.”

Tioga’s Kris Harrington led the Tigers to their first-ever New York State Duals title, and their third consecutive team title at the New York State Division 2 Championships. He is the All-Region “Coach of the Year.”

Bradley, who became the second Athens wrestler to win four PIAA medals, improved on his second-place finish at 113 pounds as a junior, by winning the 113-pound gold medal this season.

Bradley finished his senior season with a 39-1 record. His lone loss came in the District 4 finals against Montoursville’s Branden Wentzel, but he avenged that loss with wins over Wentzel in the Regional and State finals.

Bradley finishes his career as Athens’ eighth state champion, and with a 152-19 career record — third on the program’s all-time wins list.

Sindoni, who has nearly 50 wins in her career against boys, scored a pair of first-period pins to win her Section IV title, then followed that up by becoming Tioga’s first-ever champ at the New York State Intersection Women’s Wrestling Championships, where she racked up four first-period pins to win the gold in the 126-pound weight class, and earn “Most Outstanding Wrestler.”

Two weeks later, at the New York State Girls Folkstyle Championships, Sindoni registered three pins, including two first-period falls, to win a gold medal at 126 pounds. (She also went on to win a National Championship at the NHSCA High School Nationals.)

After posting a 6-1 record during the truncated 2021 Covid season, Jayden Duncanson burst on to the scene in 2021-22. He reeled off 24 straight wins this season before falling in the state semifinals. He battled back to finish off a 41-5 record with a bronze medal at States in his first full varsity season.

During the season, Jayden Duncanson won the Bradshaw Tournament, the IAC Championship, the Section IV Qualifier, and the Section IV, Division 2 Championships.

Hills didn’t wrestle a match until after Christmas, but he made up for lost time, and ended up qualifying for States by winning a Section IV title.

Hills missed the early season because he was busy dropping 60 pounds to make the 285-pound weight class. His first match came at the Windsor Christmas Tournament, and it was an 8-second fall for a win. His next match was a loss to the eventual D-1 state champion Charles Tibbitts of New Hartford,

After a 3-3 start, Hills finished the season with a 22-8 record. In total, five of his losses came to state place-finishers, and two of losses came to Marathon’s Logan Jamison, who lost in the blood round at Sates. He also beat Jamison in the finals of the IAC Championships, and in the semifinals of the Section IV Championships.

2021-22 ALL-REGION WRESTLING
Wrestler of Year:  Gavin Bradley, Athens.
Girls Wrestler of Year: Emily Sindoni, Tioga.
Breakout Wrestler of Year: Jayden Duncanson, Tioga.
Newcomer of Year: Kam Hills, Waverly.
Coach of Year: Kris Harrington, Tioga.

FIRST TEAM
102:  Logan Bellis, freshman, Tioga:
Logan Bellis posted a 30-13 record in his first varsity season. He finished second at the IAC and at the Section IV Qualifier, and fifth at the Section IV State championships.

106:  C.J. Carr, sophomore, Wyalusing: Carr put together a 33-8 record. He finished second at the North Section, and District 4 Championships, and third at the Northeast Regionals. He was 1-2 at States.

110:  Jayden Duncanson, 8th-grader, Tioga: See above.

113:  Gavin Bradley, senior, Athens: See above.

118/120: Gianni Silvestri, sophomore, Tioga: Silvestri put together a 38-1 record, winning his last 38 matches on the way to his second state title. He won the IAC Championships, the Section IV Qualifier, and the Section IV, Division 2 title. He is 90-2 over the last three seasons, including the truncated 2021 season.

126:  Tyler Roe, sophomore Tioga: Roe, who was 15-0 during the 2021 Covid season, started slowly this season, wrestling up two weight classes. Once he dropped to 126, he posted a 20-4 record, with two of his losses to teammate Mason Welch and the other two at the state tournament, where he finished fifth. He finished the season with a 28-11 record.

132:  Caden Bellis, sophomore, Tioga: Bellis came up just short in a 6-5 loss to unbeaten Joe Sparacio of Mattituck in the state finals. He was 39-2 on the season (his other loss coming to the third-place finisher in his weight class at States, Nick Noto of Honeoye Falls-Lima) and is 91-6 over the last three seasons, including a fourth-place finish at States in 2020.

138:  Drew Macumber, sophomore, Tioga: Macumber was practicing with the basketball team, but decided to wrestle at the last minute. Three months later, Macumber qualified for States with a second-place finish at the Section IV Championships. On his way to a 20-9 season, Macumber won an IAC Championship, and the Section IV, Qualifier A title.

145:  Donovan Smith, junior, Tioga: Smith finished up a 42-4 season with a runner-up finish at States, dropping a 5-3 decision to unbeaten Jackson Polo of Cold Spring Harbor. He is 91-8 over the last three seasons, with a pair of Section IV titles.

152:  Ousmane Duncanson, sophomore, Tioga: Ousmane Duncanson wrapped up his first season at Tioga with a 44-2 record, and a state title. His two losses came against Division I place-finishers — 152-pound state champ and Princeton-bound Rocco Camillaci of Hilton, and Corning’s Ethan Hart.

160:  Bryant Green, senior, Towanda: Green, who was limited to 32 matches in his first three varsity seasons due to injuries, posted a 38-10 record, culminating with a seventh-place finish at the PIAA Championships. He won the North Section Tournament, finished second at Districts, and fourth at the Northeast Regionals.

172:  Riley Parker, junior, Canton: Parker posted a 34-13 record, culminating in a sixth-place finish at the PIAA Championships. He won the North Section title, and finished third at the District 4, and Northeast Regional Championships.

189: Devin Beach, senior SVEC: Beach posted a 29-4 record. He won the IAC Championships, and the Section IV Qualifier, and finished second at the Section IV Championships — losing to eventual state champion Gabe Monroe of Windsor. He went 1-2 at States.

215: Nick Woodruff, senior Wyalusing: Woodruff posted a 40-2 season, culminating with a third-place finish at the PIAA Championships. He won the North Section, District 4, and Northeast Regional titles.

285: Kade Sottolano, senior, Williamson:
Sottolano put together a 38-4 record, culminating with a fourth-place finish at the PIAA Championships. He won the North Section Tournament, then finished third at the District 4 and Northeast Regional championships. He also won the rugged Bedford Tournament.

SECOND TEAM
102:  Caden Ruben, sophomore, SVEC:
20-13 record, with sixth-place finish at Section IV, Division 2 Championships.

106: Konner Kerr, sophomore, Troy: 26-12 record, with fourth-place finish at North Section, and eighth at Districts.

110: Max Collins, freshman, Elmira: 15-9 record, with a second-place finish at the Section IV, Division I Championships.

113: Cohen Landis, sophomore, Canton: 29-13 record, and second-place finish at the North Section tournament.

118/120: Ryan Massengale, junior, Horseheads: 32-7, won the Section IV, Division 1 Championships. He was 2-2 at States.

126:  Mason Welch, senior, Tioga: 38-9 record, first-place finish at Section IV, Division 2 Championships, and 1-2 record at States. Welch finished eighth at States as a sophomore.

132: Kaden Setzer, senior, Athens: 29-7 record, second-place finish at North Section, and seventh-place finish at Districts.

138:  Riley Vanderpool, freshman, Towanda: Vanderpool posted a 36-8 record in his first varsity season. He won the North Section Tournament, and finished seventh at Districts.

145: Hayden Ward, junior, Canton: 43-9 record, Won North Section title, finished third at District 4 and Northeast Regional Championships. Went 2-2 at PIAA Championships.

152: Karter Rude, senior, Athens: 33-9 record. Won the North Section tournament, finished second at the District 4 and Northeast Regional Championships. He was 1-2 at the PIAA Championships.

160: Ethan Hart, senior, Corning: 32-3 record. He won the STAC and Section IV, Division I Championships, and placed seventh at the N.Y. State Division I Championships.

172: Kohen Lehman, junior, NP-Liberty: 32-8 record. He was second at the North Section, and fourth at the District 4, and Northeast Regional Championships. He was 0-2 at States.

189: Tyler Keefe, senior, Elmira: 16-10 record, won Section IV, Division 1 title, and went 1-2 at States.

215: Mike Sipps, senior, Williamson: 33-10 record, second at North Section, fifth at District 4 Championships, and fourth at the Northeast Regionals. He was 1-2 at the PIAA Championships.

285: Gannon Johnston, senior, Horseheads: 30-3 record. He won the STAC and Section IV, Division I Championships, and was 1-2 at States.

THIRD TEAM
102 — Dalton Webb, freshman, Corning:
18-12 record, and finished fourth at the Section IV, Division 1 Championships.

106 —Brayden Pequignot, freshman, NP-Liberty:  20-14 record, with a third-place finish at North Section Tournament.

106:  Wyatt Stranger, freshman, Towanda:  He was 24-10 in his first varsity season.

110: Kaleb Soto, sophomore, SVEC: 16-11 and placed fifth at Section IV, Division 2 Championships.
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113: Cale Wagner, NP-Liberty: 19-16 record, with a fourth-place finish at the North Section Tournament, and a seventh-place finish at Districts.

118/120: Holden Ward, freshman, Canton: 24-12 record, with a North Section title, and seventh-place finish at District 4 Championships.

126: Cody Dale, sophomore, Horseheads: 25-9 record, with a second-place finish at won the Section IV, Division 1 Championships.

132: Cael Owen, junior, Horseheads: 23-12 record, won the Section IV, Division 1 Championships. He was 0-2 at States.

138: Jake Courtney, junior, Athens: 24-9 record. Finished second at North Section, and fourth at the District 4 Championships.

138: Hudson Ward, sophomore, Canton: 29-14 record. Placed third at North Section, and 8th at District 4 Championships.

145: Jacob Hinman, sophomore, Troy: 21-14 record. Place second at North Section.

152: Charles Loucks, senior, Corning: 16-5 record, won the Section IV, Division 1 Championships. He was 1-2 at States.

160: Emmett Wood, senior, Tioga: 35-10 record, Section IV Division 2 title, 7th-place at States.

172: Gage Tedesco, Waverly: 29-9 record, second at Section IV Qualifier, and fourth at Section IV, Division 2 Championships.

189: Mason Woodward, junior, Troy: 25-11 record. Won North Section, and placed seventh at Districts.

215: Camden McConnell, senior, Corning: 20-4 record, won the Section IV, Division 1 Championships. He was 2-2 at States.

285: Kam Hills, freshman, Waverly: See above.

ALL-REGION GIRLS TEAM
Emily Sindoni, junior, Tioga:
See above.

Lacey Hinman, senior, Troy: Won Regional title, finished second at States.

Mackenzie LaForest, freshman, Waverly:
Won a Section IV title, placed second at N.Y. State Girls Folkstyle Championships.

Raeann Craft, 8th-grader, Owego: 13-9 record, won Section IV title.

Trinity Robinson, sophomore, NP-Liberty: Won Regional title, finished fourth at States.

Raven McCarthy-Gardner, senior, Athens: Finished third at Regionals, and fourth at States.

Layla Bennett, junior, Sayre: Finished second at Regionals, and fifth at States.

Emily Landolfi, senior, Corning: Won Section IV title.

Emma Beach, sophomore, Elmira: Section IV runner-up.

Jade Cook, sophomore, Corning: Section IV runner-up

NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
102: Logan Bellis, freshman, Tioga: See above.

106: Konner Kerr, sophomore, Troy: See above.

110: Max Collins, freshman, Elmira: See above.

113:  Riley Oakes, freshman, NP-Liberty: 15-7 — injured in mid-January.

118/120: Holden Ward, freshman, Canton. See above.

126:  Rylee Sluyter, freshman, Towanda: 21-13, won the North Section Tournament..

132:  Clayton Smith, 8th-grader, Corning:
20-12, third at Section IV, Division 1 Championships.

138:  Drew Macumber, sophomore, Tioga:  See above.

138:  Riley Vanderpool, freshman, Towanda: See above.

145:  Owen Cummings, sophomore, Williamson: 19-13, third at North Section.

152:  Jace Gunther, freshman, Towanda: 19-16, fourth at North Section.

160: Sam Brenen-Buseck, sophomore, Elmira: 19-10, second at Section IV, Division 1 Championships.

172: Trent Browne, sophomore, Tioga:  29-15, fourth at Section IV, Division 2 Championships.

189: Hunter Lavigne, freshman, Horseheads: 20-14, third at Section IV, Division 1 Championships.

215: George Valentine, freshman, NP-Liberty:  22-10 in first full varsity season.

285: Kam Hills, freshman, Waverly: See above.

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