February 11, 2013
Semi frustration for CHS, Homer
Alexander, Petrie, Dove take 3rds
SYRACUSE — Even though no local wrestler advanced to the state tournament, four did reach the Section 3 Division II semifinal round and six placed among the top-six finishers by the end of Saturday’s action at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Cortland High senior 126-pounder Zack Alexander and Homer Central senior ‘triplets’ Nick Petrie (152), Eric Metzger (160) and Mark Dove (170) each lost their semifinal round matches to be denied the chance to wrestle for a Division II title.
Alexander, Petrie and Dove came home with third-place finishes, Metzger grabbed fourth, as did Cortland senior Paul Turco at 220 pounds, while Trojan junior Matt Norris placed sixth in his 138-pound weight class.
In the team competition, South Jefferson posted a solid 38-point win over Phoenix. The Spartans totaled 138.5 points to top the standings, while Homer placed 10th with 55.5 points and Cortland 19th with 33 points.
Cortland’s Alexander (45-4) started out with a pair of pin victories to reach the 126-pound semifinals where he lost an 8-6 decision to top-seed and eventual champion Laken Cook from Illion. Alexander got his third pin of the day in wrestlebacks before claiming an 8-4 decision over Onondaga’s Tyler Field to take third place.
Homer’s Petrie (34-8) began with two wins before being pinned by Phoenix’s Rowdy Prior in the 152-pound semifinal round. Petrie bounced back with his 20th and 21st pins of the season — his school-record 64th overall — including flattening Mexico’s Tyler Allard in 4:46 in the third-place consolation match. Petrie closes out his career with the third best overall record in school history at 107-50.
Dove finished the season one win short of tying the single-season school record of 38-5 posted by Toby Reese twice (2003-04, 2004-05), ending up 37-5. After two wins, Dove lost to 170-pound champion David Smith from South Jefferson by a 4-2 decision in the semifinals. Dove did not allow another point in his final two matches, a 3-0 decision to reach the consolation final and a 4-0 win over Port Byron’s Chris Pinckney to cap off a career record of 113-36. That was second only to Reese (166-28).
Metzger (32-7) went 2-0 before a heartbreaking 1-0 semifinal round loss to 160-pound champion Tyler Silverthorn of General Brown. Silverthorn got an escape in the second period for the lone point. Metzger split his his final two matches, losing 9-2 to Camden’s Tom Confer in the consolation final. Metzger, who set the single-season pin mark with 23, did not record a pin Saturday and holds the fourth best career win-loss record in Homer at 103-52.
“All three guys had a chance to win,” Homer coach Jeff Lewis said. “Nick got caught in a cradle in the third period which turned the match around. Mark wrestled really well, but relaxed a little on the edge of the circle and got caught for two late points.
“Eric came so close to getting his escape, but the official ruled he grabbed the toe and called potentially dangerous and they had to reset,” added Lewis of Metger’s semifinal. “He never got another good chance.”
Cortland’s Turco joined Metzger in posting 3-2 records on the day. After a first-round win, Turco (40-8) dropped a 7-4 decision in the quarterfinals to Holland Patent’s Josh Langley at 220 pounds before bouncing back with two two wins.
The second of those two was a 5-1 decision over second-seed Jon Cavaretta from Marcellus, the same wrestler Turco lost to a week ago in the Class B tournament. Turco then lost a tough 7-5 sudden-victory overtime decision in a rematch against Langley for third place.
Homer’s Norris (31-11) started out with a win in the 138-pound weight class, but he fell to Phoenix powerhouse and champion Nick Tighe in the quarterfinals. In the wrestlebacks, Norris started out with a win, but lost his next match and lost his third match in the battle for fifth place.
Both Cortland and Homer each had three other wrestlers in action Saturday, but all six lost in the first round.
The Purple Tiger trio included sophomore Grant Tinker (34-7) at 126 pounds, senior Ryan Webber (39-7) at 138 and senior Kevin Parker (29-9) at 285. The Trojan threesome was freshman Isaac Cline (29-12) at 99 pounds, junior Dakota O’Gorman (18-18) at 182 and senior David Kiernan (29-13) at 220.
“The Triplets wrestled so well,” Lewis said of his seniors. “Really though, all the guys wrestled well. It’s just tough to make any kind of mistake at this level. We’ll see if we can get an at-large bid. I think Nick and Mark have a shot, based on some of the guys they have beaten this season.”
IN DIVISION I, Baldwinsville edged out Fulton by two points for the team title, the Bees with weight class champions in Kevin Paul at 120 and Brian Honsinger at 220.
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