February 4, 2013
Alexander Class B champ for CHS
VERONA — There will be 11 local wrestlers advancing to the Section 3 Division II Championships this coming Saturday at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. but only one will be reporting as a Class B champion.
Cortland High’s Zack Alexander went a perfect 3-0 to claim the 126-pound title this past Saturday at the Section 3 Class B Championships hosted by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.
Senior Alexander (40-3) had two pin victories before taking the top spot by injury default over Mexico freshman Ben Blaiser in the finals. The top seed made quick work of his opening foes, pinning Camden’s Dillon Hickey in 1:25 in the quarterfinals before a 36-second semifinal flattening of South Jefferson’s Cody Jones.
“Zack was the best guy all day long,” Cortland coach Dave Darrow said of champion Alexander. “Blaiser hurt his thumb earlier in the day and didn’t want to wrestle in the final, but that was a decision Bill Kays made as the Mexico coach and I believe him when he says a kid can’t wrestle.”
Alexander was not the only Purple Tiger in the finals as classmates Ryan Webber at 138 pounds and Paul Turco at 220 pounds suffered their only losses in the championship finals. CHS also had 285-pounder Kevin Parker claim the consolation final, with that third place showing also advancing the senior to the state qualifier. The top four finishers in each weight class moved on.
Cortland placed fifth in the team standings with 129 points while neighbor Homer Central was sixth with 126.5 points. South Jefferson ran off with the team title, Phoenix second and Mexico third in this 14-team gathering.
Homer had no one in the championship finals, but seven Trojans were in the consolation finals and will advance to the SRC Arena as well.
Freshman Isaac Cline (99), junior Matt Norris (138) and senior Mark Dove (170) each claimed third place. Senior Nick Petrie (152), senior Eric Metzger (160), junior Dakota O’Gorman (182) and senior David Kiernan (220) claimed fourth place.
It was a milestone night for Metzger (30-7) who went 3-2, but that third win was number 100 for his career, making him the third Trojan to reach the 100 career mark this season. Metzger now only reached the 100-win mark, but the milestone win came with his third pin of the day.
Metzger holds the new single-season pin mark with 23, surpassing the old record of 21 by Jameson Lawton in the 2001-02 season.
“I’m proud because Eric has come back from his concussion and set a new single-season record and got that 100th win,” Lewis said. “That’s two records for the ‘Triplets’ now with Nick holding that career pin record. Now we just need Dovey (Dove) to reach 38 wins to tie Toby Reese for single-season wins.”
“It was a good day overall,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said. “Isaac Cline wrestled very well and it is a nice feat for a freshman to reach the Division II Tournament.
“All the guys did stumble in at least one match and that kept us from having some finalists, but we certainly did have a lot of good things happen.”
Cortland’s Webber was 3-1 on the day at 138 pounds, with all three victories by pin. The quickest of the three came in the quarterfinals when Webber (38-6) stuck South Jefferson’s Jacob Moulton at the 1:50 mark. He lost to defending state champion Nick Tighe in the finals, pinned in the first period.
Tighe would be named the Most Outstanding Wrestler on the day.
Turco (37-5) went 2-1 with a pair of four-point decisions to his favor at 220 pounds before losing by a second period pin in the finals to Jon Cavaretta from Marcellus.
Parker (28-8) was also 3-1 with three falls. Two of his wins came in the wrestlebacks, including a 1:42 stick of Zach Legeler from host V-V-S.
“The guys all wrestled well,” Darrow said. “Ryan ran into a beast in Tighe. He has two state titles and looks to be on his way to a third. Ryan did a great job getting to the final.
“Turco had a good day, but just made a mistake that cost him in the final,” he added. “Kevin Parker is such an overachiever. He worked hard and had a phenomenal day.”
Cortland had four other wrestlers earn top-six finishes. That quartet included sophomore Grant Tinker (2-2) fifth at 126 pounds, eighth-grader Dane George (1-3) sixth at 106, senior Frank Davenport (2-3) sixth at 145 and sophomore Chace Bentley (2-3) sixth at 182. Darrow believes Tinker could get a wild-card spot at today’s seeding meeting.
For Homer, Cline (28-10) and Norris (29-7) each went 4-1 on the day with Dove (33-4) going 3-1. Petrie (30-7), O’Gorman (18-17) and Kiernan (29-12) were each 2-2.
Homer did have an eighth wrestler place, Dylan Hotchkiss (1-3) sixth at 195 pounds.
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