January 20, 2022

Clean sweep for Cortland

Wrestlers dominate Oswego, win every contested match

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Cortland’s Wyatt Tinker, left, gets vertical as he works to reverse his position against Oswego’s Logan Duval Wednesday night at Cortland High School. Tinker pinned Duval with 1:33 left in the match.

Every wrestler on the Cortland wrestling team won his match, and all but one got a pin as the Purple Tigers won their dual meet against Oswego, 52-12, Wednesday night at Cortland Junior-Senior High School.

Luca Canzano, at 160, was the only Cortland wrestler not to get a pin in his match, but he won 14-1 on points — a point away from a technical fall. Canzano got a double-leg takedown 30 seconds into the first round and spent most of the rest of his match in the top position. He started round two on the bottom, then got a quick reversal. He also got a reversal early in the third round.

“That was a great outcome tonight,” Cortland head coach Clint Morse said. “Everyone wrestled tough. We were hoping to get that pin at 160 (pounds) with Luca (Canzano), but he was a point away from teching the kid, so I’m happy with that. He worked the whole match. This is a young group, so with that being their second match, it’s a great performance out of them.”

Wyatt Tinker’s 152-pound match against Oswego’s Logan Duval was the most competitive of the meet. Tinker defending a takedown with a front headlock, then diving on a single-leg takedown in the first 30 seconds of the first round.

In the second round, Tinker started on the bottom, but got a quick reversal. Duval worked his way to his feet, but the match was stopped for blood in Duval’s mouth. The two wrestlers remained in neutral position battling for most of the remainder of the round, with Tinker diving on a takedown in the final seconds.
Tinker broke through in the third, getting an early single-leg takedown and securing the pin with 1:33 left in the match.

Tinker’s aggression going for takedowns and reversals in the back-and-forth match is something Morse preaches to his team.

“We’re working every day on keeping the pressure on,” Morse said. “Even if you’re up, score more points because you can’t lose if you score more points.”

Zachary Price (118 pounds), Devlin Riotto (126), Avery Canzano (132) and Asher Tinker (285) all earned first-round pins for Cortland. DaeSean West (145) and KR Dye (215) got their pins in the second round. Luke Darling won by forfeit at 189 pounds, while Oswego’s 12 points came from Cortland forfeits at 138 and 172 pounds.

After having a tournament last weekend, the dual meet made for a different environment. The warmup and first match were both key, according to Morse.

“I wanted a good warmup song for them to get them all in the mood,” Morse said. “They were ready from the start tonight, which was great. They started off strong tonight and that first match (Price’s win) is really important for any team because it sets the pace for the whole match.”

Cortland’s next match is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Central Square.


Four Tully players scored in double figures, with another three coming within a basket of 10 points, as the Black Knights cruised to their fifth straight win.

Dan Mech led Tully with 20 points, including two made threes. Tommy Maley also made two 3-pointers as a part of his 10 points. Lane Edinger added 15 points and seven assists and Mick Swan contributed 11 points. Kevin Wood scored nine points with five rebounds, Andrew Barber had eight points and five boards and Ryan Mize netted seven points and grabbed seven rebounds. Michael Reid (5), Connor Bestedo (4) and Lorenzo Garofolo (2) rounded out Tully’s scoring. Bestedo also pitched in four steals and Garofolo dished out six assists.

Tully shot 60% (36-for-60) from the field and 41.2% (7-for-17) from three. The Black Knights only allowed double- digit points in a quarter once.


Brooke Tillotson scored 27 points for Marathon Tuesday night in their win. She scored 14 points in the first half and 13 in the second half, but nine came in the fourth quarter.

The big difference in the game was Marathon’s 15-7 second quarter. Southern Cayuga put on a run in the fourth quarter, but Tillotson and the Olympians were able to hold them off.

Abby Ensign added in 12 points for Marathon. Anna Hoyt (8), Bailee Hurlburt (6) and Paige Hurlburt (3) also contributed to the Olympians’ scoring effort.


Homer at Westhill, 5 p.m.

Cincinnatus at DeRuyter, 7 p.m.
Tully at Weedsport, 7 p.m.

Elmira Heights at Groton, 6 p.m.
Lansing at Moravia, 6 p.m.

Homer at Solvay, 4 p.m.
Tioga at Groton, 4 p.m.