FOURTH ANNUAL HERKIMER INVITATIONAL
The Canastota Raiders placed three wrestlers in the finals Saturday and finished atop a 21-team field at the fourth annual Herkimer Invitational.
Zach Zupan and Wyatt Albanese won back-to-back titles at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively, for the Raiders whose 141 1/2 points gave them an 18-point cushion over runner-up Carthage. Dolgeville placed third in the team scoring with Mohawk tied for seventh, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley ninth, Mt. Markham 17th, Little Falls 18th and Poland 19th.
Zupan’s 182-pound match against Shayne Brady of Carthage was stopped 29 secnds into the third period when Brady suffered an injury on the first takedaown of the match. Albanese then scored a 3-1 decision against Ben Honis from Christoan Brothers Academy/Jamesville-DeWitt.
Dolgeville had a pair of individual champions and Mohawk and Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley had one each. Ben Nastovski and Triston Engle were Dolgeville’s champions and Engle took home the most outstanding wrestler award. Nastovski was a 5-4 winner in his 120-pound title bout against Blake Engebresten of Central Square. Engle trailed 4-2 entering the third period of his final match and started in the down position; he reversed J.T. Romagnoli from Christian Brothers Academy/Jamesville-DeWitt to tie the score then recorded a near fall to take the lead on the way to a 9-4 win.
Noah Handy, Dolgeville’s third finalist, was beaten 6-5 by Dennis Hilts of Camden in the 106-pound final. Handy took a one-point lead with 17 seconds left in the match but Hilts countered with a quick reversal for the win.
Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley’s T.J. Philpotts won the 99-pound title by a 13-0 major decision against C.J. Walz of Mohawk.
Mohawk’s John Mazza defeated Anthony Mosca of Watervliet 7-1 for the championship at 132 pounds.
Other individual champions included Carthage’s Andrew McFarland at 113 pounds and Trevor Gibbons at 285, Onondaga’s Tyler Field at 126, New Hartford’s Sean McKenna at 138, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Gage Patry at 152, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Matt Friske at 171, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s Joe Sprung at 220.
Camden’s Tom Confer, the 160-pound champion, took home the aggregate pin trophy. He pinned all four of his opponents in a total time of five minutes and 59 seconds.
Among area teams, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley’s Ryan Zawtocki, Poland’s Albert Amacher, Dolgeville’s Richard Lyon and Mt. Markham’s MacKenzie Dorie were third-place finishers and Mohawk’s Dave Bardo and Stephen Davis, Little Falls’ Andrew Messina, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley’s Zach Steele, Dolgeville’s Tyler Richards and Kasey Foster placed fourth.
TEAM POINT STANDINGS
1, Canastota 141 1/2
2, Carthage 123 1/2
3, Dolgeville 122
4, CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt 120 1/2
5, Camden 104
6, New Hartford 96 1/2
7, Mohawk 92
(tie), Central Square 92
9, Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley 74
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11, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 59 1/2
12, Watervliet 56
13, Onondaga 54
14, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 53
15, Marcellus 45
16, Chittenango 37
17, Mt. Markham 27
18, Little Falls 23
19, Poland 20
20, Utica-Proctor 18
21, Cooperstown 16 1/2
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER
Triston Engle (Dolgeville), 145 pounds
Thomas Confer (Camden), four (5:59)
T.J. Philpotts (Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley) major decisioned C.J. Walz (Mohawk), 13-0.
Riley Gerber (Camden) major decisioned Marcelino Aponte (Carthage), 11-2.
Dennis Hilts (Camden) decisioned Noah Handy (Dolgeville), 6-5.
Jonathan Fannetti (East Syracuse-Minoa) pinned David Bardo (Mohawk), 4:05.
Andy McFarland (Carthage) decisioned Dempsey King (New Hartford), 4-3.
Ryan Zawtocki (Herkimer) major decisioned Andrew Messina (Little Falls), 14-4.
Ben Nastovski (Dolgeville) decisioned Blake Engebretsen (Central Square), 5-4.
Albert Amacher (Poland) pinned Zach Ruggles (Marcellus), 4:45.
Tyler Field (Onondaga) decisioned Daniel Fancett (New Hartford), 8-2.
Matthew Haddad (Proctor) defeated Connor Russ (Canastota) by forfeit (match limit)
John Mazza (Mohawk) decisioned Anthony Mosca (Watervliet), 7-1.
Nate Walker (Canastota) major decisioned Zack Steele (Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley), 12-2.
Sean McKenna (New Hartford) decisioned Nathan Smart (Onondaga), 6-4. THIRD PLACE
Matt Lauro (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) pinned Tyler Richards (Dolgeville), 2:29.
Triston Engle (Dolgeville) decisioned J.T. Romagnoli (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt), 9-4.
Joe Tiller (Canastota) major decisioned Cody Fisher (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), 9-1.
Gage Patry (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) defeated Jerrett Norton (Central Square) by technical fall, 6:00.
Steve Loder (East Syracuse-Minoa) defeated Colin Ryna (Carthage) by forfeit (match limit).
Thomas Confer (Camden) pinned Tyler Touzin (Watervliet), 2:29.
Tucker Benedict (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) decisioned Alexander Seamans (East Syracuse-Minoa), 3-0.
Mark Friske (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) decisioned Joseph Aiello (Herkimer/Sauquoit Valley), 13-7.
Richard Lyon (Dolgeville) decisioned Jesse Puchales (Canastota), 7-6.
Zach Zupan (Canastota) defeated Shayne Brady (Carthage) by injury default, 4:29.
Spencer Norton (Central Square) pinned Kasey Foster (Dolgeville), 2:42.
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Wyatt Albanese (Canastota) decisioned Ben Honis (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt), 3-1.
Thad Casler (Camden) major decisioned Zeby Romano (Watervliet), 10-2.
Joe Sprung (Berne-Knox-Westerlo) defeated William Batey (Carthage) by injury default.
Zachary Shapiro (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt) decisioned John Cavaretta (Marcellus), 4-3.
Trevor Gibbons (Carthage) pinned Jacob Morris (Canastota), 2:14.
Mackenzie Dorre (Mt. Markham) pinned Stephen Davis, (Mohawk) 1:29.