January 28, 2013
Darrow gets 400th win
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High wrestling coach Dave Darrow won his 400th match Sunday as the Purple Tigers mauled Moravia, 65-12.
ITHACA — Cortland High wrestling coach Dave Darrow reached a vaunted plateau Sunday morning, and his squad made sure it happened the easy way.
The Purple Tigers rolled past Moravia 65-12 at Cornell Univesity’s Friedman Wrestling Center in a preliminary to the Big Red’s match-up with Oregon State, giving Darrow his 400th career victory in his 24th season as head coach of the program.
“It just kind of happened,” Darrow, whose career record is now 400-144-4, said of his milestone which his family and a number of his former wrestlers were in attendance for. “We’ve worked hard as a program and have been pretty successful. If you do that long enough you’ll get something. If (team statistician) Al Lash didn’t keep records, I probably wouldn’t have known.
“I’ve had Joe Nicholas with me for the last 18 years and Bill Gallow for seven, along with (former head coach) Gary Dillingham, with the JV and modified and helping with the varsity. They and the kids are the keys to our success and I’m the one at the top, the beneficiary. It was nice to do it at Cornell and it’s nice to get to 400, but I’d rather see the kids do well at sectionals.”
Darrow, who began his tenure as CHS head coach in 1988 and took one year off when his children were young, noted that his wife Vicki and children Zac, Marlyss and Devon were instrumental in his success with their understanding and help over the years.
Asked about career highlights, Darrow immediately answered: “The enjoyment of seeing kids learn. They’re eager to improve. We’ve had a lot of fun matches, like last weekend at Duanesburg (winning five matches on the second day to finish second in the Nancy McHugh Memorial Duals) and our come-from-behind win (46-39 on Dec. 8) over Vestal at the Marathon Dual-Meet Tournament.
“The kids are fun,” he added. “It’s nice having kids who wrestled for me 20 years ago send me a text, call me or introduce me to their kids when they see me. I’ve got a couple more years left and that will be it. I’m retiring from teaching and coaching after the 2014-15 school year.”
Sunday’s win was the Purple Tigers’ third of the season over Moravia, the others by 75-12 at the Marathon Duals Dec. 8 and 74-0 at the Blue Devils’ own Moravia Dual-Meet Tournament Dec. 22. Cortland improved to 33-7, expanding on its program record for wins in a season.
Eight Purple Tigers recorded pins on Sunday, including freshman Mike Bay at 106 pounds. After trailing 10-0 in the first period, Bay flattened the Blue Devils’ Chris Clay with 40 seconds left in the second.
Zack Alexander needed 47 seconds to dispatch Dalton Evener at 132 pounds, upping his season’s record to 37-3 with 27 pins and improving to 160-48 with 72 pins in his career. Another senior, Antonio Bustamante, is now 33-4 with 20 pins this season after needing exactly one minute to pin Brandon Staniec at 195.
Other CHS pin winners were senior Frank Davenport (26-10, 11 pins) in 1:12 at 138 pounds; junior Mike Southwick (32-5, 22 pins) in 1:16 at 152; senior Ryan Webber, in 1:22 at 145 to improve to 35-5 (18) this season and 109-47 (53) in his career; senior Kevin Parker (25-7, 16 pins) in 1:26 at 220 and Grant Tinker (32-4, 14 pins) in 4:45 at 126.
Freshman Ian George (120) and eighth-grader Reilly Brown (160) won by major decision for Cortland, while sophomore Chace Bentley won by decision at 170 and senior Paul Turco won by forfeit to improve to 35-4 on the season and 113-35 for his career.
CHS closes out its dual-meet season by hosting Marathon Tuesday, JV matches getting things underway at 5:30 p.m. The Purple Tigers then begin the post-season on Saturday by journeying to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for the Section 3 Class B Tournament starting at 9 a.m.
— Homer Central wrestlers will be in dual meet action on Wednesday, having picked up a non-league match against Fabius-Pompey to celebrate Senior Night. Wrestling is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
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