The Homer Central varsity wrestling team took to the mat Saturday and found success against non-league foe Groton at the Homer High School gymnasium.
The Trojans posted a 48-30 victory over the Indians on Senior Day to improve to 9-4 overall.
Homer won the first four matches with action starting at 126 pounds to grab an early 18-0 lead. Carter Monroe pinned Isaac Allen at the 1:10 mark of their bout at 126 pounds. Ryan Opanhoske recorded a 5-1 decision over Brennan Brockway at 132 pounds and Kaiden Haynes followed with a 9-2 decision over Jeter Neff at 138 pounds. David Morse wrapped up the early winning streak with a pinfall at 145 pounds over Joe Bishop in 5:51.
Groton closed the gap to 18-16. Shane Smith picked up a pinfall over over Jakob Denkenberger at the 5:30 mark of their match at 152 pounds. Anthony Rotunda came through with a 10-0 majority decision at 160 pounds over Zander Johnson. Donovan Mitchell claimed a pinfall at the 3:30 mark over Blair Wakula at 170 pounds.
The Trojans regained some momentum starting at 182 pounds. Allan Markley won by forfeit for the first of three straight wins. Sam Sorenson scored a pinfall over Austin Jacobs in 1:40 at 195 pounds. Tayvn Malchak won by pinfall in 3:10 over Austin Batzer at 220 as the Trojan advantage grew to 36-16.
Groton won the final three contested matches starting at 285 pounds with Demetry Brooks posting a 7-0 decision over Jagger Tanner. Homer saw Collin Stevens (99 pounds) and Jeffrey Stauber (106 pounds) received forfeits as the Trojans had an insurmountable advantage at 48-19. The Indians had Kris Willard post a 15-0 technical fall over Lukas Quinn in 5:51 for five team points at 113 pounds and Kyle Willard closed out the match with a pinfall in 3:40 over Jacob Rice at 120 pounds to make the final score 48-30 in favor of the Trojans.
In a late report from the Ackley Duals, Homer went 3-1 overall. The Trojans beat Whitesboro 51-27, lost to Cicero-North Syracuse 51-25, beat A-P-W/Pulaski 73-7 and downed Baldwinsville 46-36.
Homer will close out the OHSL Liberty Division regular season with a trip to Mexico Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match. The Trojans will also host the OHSL Liberty- Patriot Tournament Saturday.