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IAC WRESTLING: NEWARK VALLEY’S CREELEY WINS LEAGUE TITLE (2023-01-21)

Tioga County Sports Report
WAVERLY — Cadin Creeley scored a trio of pins, then battled past SVEC’s Shane Neal to win the 138-pound title at the IAC Wrestling Championships Saturday.

The Cardinals would place third as a team, just two-points behind runner-up Waverly. Tioga repeated as the overall champion.

Creeley dispatched Waverly’s Riley Pipher in 36 seconds, then decked Schuyler’s Balan Ault in 1:07. In the semifinals, he won by fall over Braydon Homer of Marathon in 2:12. He decisioned Neal, 8-3.

NV garnered a pair of second-place showings by Gabe Merrill at 152 and Peter Basti at 172.

Merrill pinned Devin McCall of Moravia in 50 seconds, took out Schuyler’s Gabe Williams in 5:32 and took out Tioga’s Brennan Sindoni in 3:13). He dropped an intense battle with Brittan Keller of Marathon in the finals, coming out on the short end of an 8-5 decision.

Basti overcame a near-disaster in the semifinals. SVEC’s John Johnston dominated the bout early building a 10-0 cushion before Basti pinned him in 2:32. He pinned Tioga’s Max Dydynski in 47 seconds in his opener and lost by fall to Isaac Allen of Groton in 1:45 in the finals.

There were two other Cardinals who suffered just one loss on the day, third-place winners Logan Woodin (110) and Logan Rhodes (132)

Woodin pinned Schuyler’s Ayden Williams 40 seconds, then dropped a 4-3 verdict to SVEC’s Rodney Vaow. He bounced back with a 54-second fall over Wyatt Curtis of Dryden and a pin of Tioga’s Brayden MacWhinnie (no time reported). In a rematch with Vaow, Woodin dominated on the way to a 17-2 technical fall.

Rhodes started the day with a forfeit over SVEC’s Kaden Jameson, then decked Schuyler’s Brandon Davis in 2:29. He suffered a 23-5 tech fall at the hands of Tioga’s Tyler Roe, but recovered with a 7-4 win over Waverly’s Brance VanDyke. His consolation final was to be a rematch with Davis, who couldn’t compete because he had reached the 5-match limit.

Trevor Middendorf' placed fourth at 102. He pinned Aaden McMillen of Lansing in 1:59 before dropping a 3-0 decision to Tioga’s Logan Bellis. He downed Tioga’s Kaydin Cole, 7-1, but fell to Waverly’s Drayton DeKay by a 15-5 major decision.

Titus Callahan (145) and Derek Payne (189) finished fourth.

Callahan dispatched Steven Rook of Schuyler in 1:37 before suffering a pin against Lansoing’s Owen Emmick in 2:55. He came back with a 13-6 win over Nicholas Bieber of Dryden, then scored an 18-3 tech fall over teammate Kaiden Pado. He followed that up with a medical forfeit over Nicholas Plue of Moravia, but dropped the third-place bout to Mark Waterman of Schuyler in 35 seconds.

Payne edged Dawsyn Cole of Marathon, 3-2, then lost by pin to Matthias Welles of Waverly in 2:48. He bounced back with a 15-second pin of Waverly’s Mackenzie LaForest before dropping a 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker to Dryden’s Hunter Covington.

John Turnbull took fifth at 160. He dropped his opener to Jed Lynch of Schuyler by fall in 36 seconds, then pinned Jarren Ennis of Waverly in 3:50. He followed that with a 17-0 tech fall over John Swaney from Schuyler, but lost his next match by fall in 2:14 to Schuyler’s Tristan Harrington. He pinned Moravia’s Logan Wells in one minute flat in his final bout.

Marcos Escalante was sixth at 126 and Seth Northrop was sixth at 215.

Escalante started with a fall over Schuyler’s Dylan Senecal in 3:57, then lost by pin to Levi Bellis of Tioga in 3:05. He pinned Christopher Greene of Dryden in 4:23, then posted a 3-1 sudden victory against SVEC’s Kamren Westbrook. He lost by fall to Brendan Gumaer of Marathon in 2:08, but was unable to wrestle Waverly’s Josh Courtney for fifth due to the 5-match rule.

Northrop lost his opener to Ty Beeman of Waverly, 9-3, then decked Brody Williams of Schuyler in three minutes. He lost to Seth Parker of Moravia by fall in 2:53 and to Tate MaCauley of Tioga in 2:19.

Nate Harahus (118) and Kaiden Pado (145) contributed one win apiece to the team scoring.

The Cardinals ended the day with 195.5 points, trailing only defending state and league champion Tioga (246 points) and Waverly, which scored 197.5. Schuyler was fourth with 139 and Marathon fifth at 128.

NV (11-3) closes out the dual meet season Thursday at Lansing.

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IN PHOTO: NV’s Cadin Creeley (top) and SVEC's Shane Neal. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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