SYRACUSE — It was a special moment for Sam Sorenson at the Section 3 Division II Wrestling State Qualifier Saturday inside Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
The Homer Central freshman became the first Trojan to win a Division II title since Toby Reese accomplished the same feat in 2005. Sorenson was the second seed at 220 pounds and he finished the day 3-0 to improve to 35-3 on the season and advance to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany Feb. 28-29.
Sorenson posted 3-1 decision over Mitchell Tanner from Port Byron in the quarterfinals and grabbed a 2-1 decision in the semifinals over Nick Rogers from General Brown. That set up a championship showdown with undefeated top seed Alex Thompson from Sherburne-Earlville, who entered the title bout with a 29-0 record. Sorenson won in sudden death overtime with a takedown to get his hand raised as champion.
Homer’s Jacob Rice entered the tournament as the fourth seed at 120 pounds and that’s where the junior finished. Rice (25-7) went 3-2 on the day with two pinfalls. He lost a 6-2 decision to Andrew Wasleman from Beaver River in the consolation final.
None of the other local Cortland or Homer wrestlers placed in the top six.
For Cortland, Noah Wurst (21-16) at 145 pounds, Marcus Hines (19-19) at 152 pounds, Luca Canzano (14-17) at 160 pounds and Jarrod Bush (18-16) at 170 pounds all lost their first round match.
For Homer, Zander Johnson (22-18) went 1-2 with one pinfall at 160 pounds and Tavyn Malchak (18-15) went 1-2 at 195 pounds. Jeffrey Stauber (19-13) at 106 pounds, Jakob Denkenberger (15-15) at 152 pounds, Blair Wakula (12-15) at 170 pounds and Allan Markley (23-15) at 182 pounds each lost their first round match.
Central Valley Academy won the Division II team championship with 172.5 points with South Jefferson second with 121.5 points. Homer finished 18th with 48 points while Cortland did not score any team points.
Section 3 will announce at-large bids for the state tournament later this week.