1996-97 SECTION III CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM SCORES

1.

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill
97.0
2.
Baldwinsville
72.5
 
Beaver River
72.5
4.
Carthage
61.0
5.
Marcellus
54.0
6.
Cicero-North Syracuse
52.0
7.
Camden
46.0
8.
Canastota
42.0
 
Mexico
42.0
10.
Fowler
37.0

 

BRACKETS

 

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

96 Hludzenski (Watertown) dec Lohr (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 16-15
103 Heffernan (Marcellus) dec Bruner (Fowler) 10-0
112 Avery (Morrisville-Eaton) dec Williams (Mexico) 3-2
119 Burke (Coopertown) dec Farney (Beaver River) 8-1
125 Barnes (Marcellus) dec Montana (Illion) 2-1 2ot
130 Kelly (Camden) dec Bleau (Fulton) 2-0
135 Rice (Beaver River) dec Prince (Baldwinsville) 8-2
140 Holmes (Cicero-North Syracuse) dec Hogan (General Brown) 5-3
145 Greene (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) dec Boudreau (Baldwinsville) 3-2
152 G. Cooper (South Jefferson) dec Gafner (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 11-3
160 B. Cooper (Copenhagen) dec Racino (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 3-0
171 Perry (New Hartford) pin Houppert (Carthage)
189 Dumaw (Carthage) dec Tanner (Dolgeville) 12-11
215 Chamoun (Cicero-North Syracuse) dec Vedder (Dolgeville) 7-5
275 Woodall (Baldwinsville) dec Haselbauer (Oswego) 4-1

CONSOLATION FINALS

96 Doyle (Copenhagen) dec Greco (West Genesee) 11-2
103 Shaw (Canastota) pin Herzig (Lowville) 2:30
112 Compeau (Beaver River) dec Logee (Phoenix) 6-1
119 Sears (Cazenovia) dec Bryant (Mexico) 8-6
125 Byrne (South Lewis) dec Belcher (West Genesee) 5-0
130 Smith (Mexico) dec Roche (Marcellus) 3-0
135 Porter (Carthage) dec Kimball (Camden) 5-1
140 Taylor (East Syracuse-Minoa) pin Burdick (Herkimer) 2:44
145 Czarnecki (Herkimer) dec Simpson (Beaver River) 3-2
152 Karlick (Central Square) dec Vormwald (Homer) 6-4
160 Marks (Fowler) pin Freeman (Lowville) 2:00
171 Taormina (Fulton) dec Seamon (Richfield Springs) 1-0
189 Mulchy (Whitesboro) dec Congden (Canastota) 3-2
215 Greenwood (Beaver River) dec Niemetz (Camden) 5-4
275 Pierce (Hannibal) pin Clarke (Indian River) :59

 

Marcellus Captures Two Wrestling Titles
Published Feb. 23, 1997, in the Herald American.

By Melissa Hebert
Staff Writer

The way Marcellus wrestler Chris Barnes won the Section Three 125-pound title Saturday wasn't conventional. But the title is his nonetheless.

Barnes is headed to his second consecutive state tournament after defeating Dan Montana of Ilion, 2-1, in double overtime in the Section Three final at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Barnes won when he was given a point after Montana was whistled for a body lock. In the second overtime, Barnes was on the bottom. He had 30 seconds to escape in order to win. Montana had to prevent Barnes from escaping if he was to win. Montana was doing well holding Barnes, but the body block is not allowed.

"It felt a little better winning last year (at 119)," said Barnes, 30-2 this season. "Not only because of the call this time, but because last year was the first."

Barnes is one of several local wrestlers who earned spots in the state championship meet, which begins Friday at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Fellow Mustang John Heffernan won the 103-pound title by defeating Rico Bruner of Fowler, 10-0. Heffernan (26-4) won despite wrestling with a broken right hand.

"He's such a tough kid," Marcellus coach Chuck Donnelly said. "He just pretended it wasn't there."

Despite the loss, Bruner had a good day, defeating top-seeded Andy Shaw of Canastota, 8-5, on a takedown with 16 seconds left.

"I tried to get up to get the throw on him," Bruner said. "But then he dropped his hips and I got right on him."

Bruner got two back points as time ran out for the winning margin.

"The key was he wrestled all the way through the match," Fowler coach Rick Spicer said of Bruner, a junior with a 28-8 record heading into the final. "He never let up, he never got down. In fact, he was like that all day. His first match, he won by one (5-4 over Ryan Ryan of Indian River). When he wrestled Rocco Lisandrelli (of Cicero-North Syracuse) earlier this year, he won by one. Today, he won on a technical fall."

Jeff Holmes of Cicero-North Syracuse captured the 140-pound title by defeating Jared Hogan of General Brown in the final, 5-3.

"I think Jeff was a little stronger on his feet than Hogan," C-NS coach Derek Bigford said.

The championship matches got off to an exciting start with the 96-pound final between 1996 91-pound champion Justin Lohr of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, the top seed, and second-seeded Aaron Hludzinski of Watertown.

Lohr (36-2) took an early 4-0 lead, which he extended to 9-1 in the first period. But Hludzenski battled back and took command late to win a 16-15 thriller.

"This is a surprise, definitely," said Hludzenski (30-2), a freshman. "He pinned me last year in the Central Square dual meet."

Jody Avery of Morrisville-Eaton successfully defended his 112-pound title, nipping Joelon Williams of Mexico, last year's champion at 98.

After Avery won, he leaped into the arms of his grandfather, Leland Avery. Jody Avery is the second member of his family to win a sectional title. His uncle, also named Leland, won three sectional crowns for Cazenovia in the 1960s.

"It's more real down here," the elder Leland Avery said. "I was so nervous."

The sectional victory was also Jody Avery's 100th career victory.

Another family celebration got under way when the Cooper cousins won titles. Gary Cooper of South Jefferson won the 152 crown by defeating Chris Gafner of V-V-S, 11-3. Cooper is 35-0 for the season.

Cousin Ben Cooper of Copenhagen also kept his record spotless, as he won the 160-pound title by defeating Derek Racino of V-V-S, 3-0. He improved to 32-0.

Brice Kelley of Canastota made a big leap in weight from last year to this year but managed to stay on top.

Kelley won the sectional title at 105 last year, and this year competed at 130. He defeated Fulton's Jeff Bleau, 2-0, in the final.

"Everyone was a little worried," Kelley (36-0) said. "The guy I beat in semis (Dan Smith of Mexico) beat me in the class meet last weekend."

In the 189-pound final, Mike Dumaw of Carthage handed Dolgeville's Marc Tanner his first loss of the season, hanging on for a 12-11 decision. Trailing, 10-8, Tanner got a takedown to tie the match at 10 with 50 seconds left. But 10 seconds later, Dumaw scored a takedown of his own for a 12-10 lead. Tanner escaped with 30 seconds left to cut the lead to 12-11 and almost got a takedown in the
closing seconds, but he didn't. Tanner ends his season at 38-1.

Section Three will be looking to defend its team title next weekend. Spicer is optimistic about Section Three's chances.

"We're getting really deep with talent," he said. "Kids can legitimately come out of the draw and place. We've got a lot of good kids."

Lou Chamoun of Cicero-North Syracuse won the 220 title in dramatic fashoin, getting a takedown with five seconds left to defeat top-seeded and previously-unbeaten Jason Vedder of Dolgeville, 7-5.

"I didn't know how I was going to take him down," Chamoun (31-1) said. "But I wasn't worried. I knew I'd take him down. He shot on me, and I snagged his head down and blocked, and I got him down."

To Chamoun, the match seemed to take an hour. For Vedder, the end meant just that-- the end of his high school career. Vedder finishes 37-1 on the season and 101-25 for his career.

Duane Woodall of Baldwinsville won the 275 crown with a 4-1 victory over fourth-seeded Jarod Haselbauer of Oswego.