January 20, 2022

Homer wins league title

Trojans control Caz from start for 58-6 victory

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Homer’s Sam Sorenson pulls Cazenovia’s Gabriel Lowenstein to the mat Thursday night at Homer High School. Sorenson got the pin in 23 seconds in Homer’s 58-6 win.

The Homer wrestling team got pins from six wrestlers as it secured the OHSL Division II title by beating Cazenovia 58-6 Thursday night at Homer High School. It was also senior night for the Trojans.

Homer’s Sam Sorenson got the quickest pin in his 215-pound match, doing so in just 23 seconds. He battled Gabriel Lowenstein for about 10 seconds before Sorenson pulled the Cazenovia wrestler directly into a pin for the quick victory. Sorenson remained unbeaten this season and improved his personal record to 29-0.

Blair Wakula also got a pin 1:17 into his 285-pound match. Wakula used his length and athleticism to get Cazenovia’s Kaleb Vazquez into a position he wanted, then dragged him to the mat and worked for the pin. Wakula had to let go of his first attempt, but eventually was able to secure the pin.

Wakula and Sorenson are lean for their weight classes, with the two having wrestled at both 215 and 285 pounds this season.

“Their conditioning is unmatched,” Homer head coach Jason Reynolds said. “They put in the work on and off the mat. They’re both physical. They’re both very strong. They can handle that kind of size. But make no mistake about it, Sammy is a big 215-pounder and so is Blair, even though he’s a little lighter.”

Talan Hubbard also had a quick pin at 110 pounds, getting the job done in 1:17. Hubbard started the season 19-0 before losing twice at the Cazenovia Invitational last week. Hubbard has responded with two pins inside the first round since then and Reynolds isn’t surprised at all.

“Talan’s a special athlete. He’s a special wrestler,” Reynolds said. “He showed a lot of character and he’s had such a successful season. I had no doubt he would bounce back in that fashion.”

Tavyn Malchak, a 215-pounder, had the most back-and-forth match to kick off the night. He and Lowenstein, who wrestled twice on Thursday night, battled it out for three rounds in an exhibition match, with Malchak coming out on top on points, 8-7. That match helped set the tone for the rest of the night.

“Momentum is big in our sport,” Reynolds said. “Tavyn’s been with us a long time. He’s a senior and it was good for him to get a win on senior night.”

Conor Powers (118 pounds), Hunter Lines (126 pounds) and David Morse (160 pounds) also had pins for Homer. Powers got his pin in 5:39, Lines finished his night in 3:38 and Morse got his win in 1:43. Jeffrey Stauber (132 pounds), Lukas Quinn (145 pounds) and Zander Johnson added wins by decision. Stauber won 12-5, Quinn won 6-1 and Zander Johnson won 14-3.

David Limoges (138 pounds) and Maddox Johnson (172 pounds) both won by forfeit and Dominic Burlingame (152 pounds) was the only Trojan to lose, falling by pin in 4:31.

Homer’s next event is on Tuesday at Central Valley Academy, when the fifth-seeded Trojans take on General Brown.


Gavin Richardson and Ryder Forrest combined for 46 of DeRuyter’s points as the Rockets secured the season sweep of Madison to gain sole possession of first place in the Center Counties League. Richardson scored 27 points to go with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Forrest had 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Leland Seamons added eight points, eight boards and three blocks. Cam Daley (4), Donald Chapman (2), Brandon Darrow (1) and Cam Barnes (1) also scored for the Rockets. Colton Roberts contributed four rebounds and three steals despite not scoring.


McKenzie Smith’s eight points led Tully in defeat. Morgan Downes scored seven points and Hailey Olender had six points on two made threes. Sammy Morgan added three points and Grace McKenna notched two for the Black Knights, who scored in single digits every quarter but the fourth.


Emma Byrne had 15 kills, 11 digs, three aces, a block and an assist as Tully moved to 14-0 on the season.

Veronica Kowalewski also had 13 digs, while Alexa Shay had 24 assists, six digs, five aces and two kills. Maria Altman contributed eight digs, Keagan Usherwood notched four digs, three kills and three aces and Catherine Lund had four kills and three aces. Amberle Brown (four digs, one kill), Katelyn Lamoreux (three kills, three blocks, two digs, one ace), Josie Chapman (three kills, two digs), Emily Malchak (two digs) and Ava Maley (one assist) rounded out Tully’s effort.


Nate McMullin had Homer’s only 200 game, a 201, while also throwing their best series (521). Mike Grant had a high game of 179 and a 502 series, the only other 500 series for Homer.

Ky Townsend had the team’s secondhighest game with a 189, but finished with a 448 series. Tanner Vogel (157, 462) and Caleb Hamilton (161, 454) also threw all three games. Mike McCall (167, 115) bowled two games and Dwight Ethridge (136) finished off the Trojans’ final game.


Nikki Biviano was Homer’s top bowler, throwing a 174 game and registering a 476 series.

Olivia Hamilton’s 413 series and Arieliz Morales’ 411 series were the only others above 400. Hamilton’s best game was a 168 and Morales’ was a 147. Morgan Brown (159, 397) and Caitlyn Vieou (147, 389) also competed in all three games for the Trojans, while Kimberli Proctor (136, 118) threw two and Lorelie Hill (74) bowled one.