|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S WOLCOTT REPEATS AS "WRESTLER OF YEAR" — ATHENS' COURTNEY IS TOP NEWCOMER (7 PHOTOS) (2014-03-13)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — After falling 1-point shy of a state title in his junior season, Waverly's Ryan Wolcott took the final step this season, ripping off 40 consecutive wins and winning a state title to repeat as the Valley Sports Report "Wrestler of the Year."
Over his final two seasons, Wolcott was 77-1 with his only loss coming in the state finals in his junior season — a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hornell's Zach Bacon.
Wolcott finishes his career as Waverly's first four-time Section IV champion and the school's all-time winningest wrestler with 206 career wins. He also became the 10th state champion in school history.
His dominance during his senior season was impressive. He record 32 pins on the season, including 26 in the first period.
The remainder of the "All-Valley Super 7" is:
Brian Courtney, freshman, Athens: Courtney won his first 29 matches of the season, winning the North Section, District 4 and Northeast Region titles in the process, before losing his first decision in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA Championships. He rallied with five straight wins to finish third.
Courtney won seven bouts by fall and four via technical fall. His run to a third-place finish at States is all the more amazing considering the fact he missed the final month of the regular season following an emergency appendectomy.
Brandon Ellers, senior, Waverly: Ellers capped off a stellar high school career with a trip to the New York State Championships. He was 39-5 on the season with all five of his losses coming to state qualifiers, including three to state runner-up ryan Marszal of Unatego. He was also a Section IV runner-up and went 1-2 at States.
Ellers won 15 matches by fall and four by technical fall.
Jesse Manuel, sophomore, Tioga: Manuel went 45-5 on the season with four of his five losses coming to state place-winners, including two to state champion William Koll of Lansing. He was Section IV runner-up and was 1-2 at States.
Manuel recorded 23 pins and had six wins by technical fall.
Brock Horton, freshman, Athens: Brock Horton finished the season with a 30-8 record, was third at the North Section Tournament and sixth at the District 4 Championships.
Horton won 11 bouts by fall and one by technical fall.
A.J. Burkhart, 8th-grader, Waverly: Burkhart went 34-6 in his first varsity season, with two of his losses coming to state runner-up Dean Raymond of Deposit-Hancock, two to state qualifier Bennie Baker of Newark Valley and two wrestling up (one at 106 and one at 113) in weight. He was Section IV runner-up.
Burkhart won 21 bouts by fall and two by technical fall.
Justin Fiske, junior, Tioga: Fiske finished the season at 30-13 and was a third-place finisher at the Section IV Championships. He won eight bouts by fall.
Newcomer of the Year
Brian Courtney, freshman, Athens: See above.
"All-Valley" Wrestling team:
99: A.J. Burkhart, 8th-grader, Waverly: See above.
106: Brian Courtney, freshman, Athens: See above.
113: Brock Horton, freshman, Athens: See above.
120: Jacob Schroyer, sophomore, Waverly: Schroyer finished his sophomore season with a 23-16 record, including 16 by fall.
126: Dan Hosking, senior, Tioga: Hosking finished his senior season with a 40-10 record, including 26 wins by fall. He was sixth at the Section IV Championships.
132: Jesse Manuel, sophomore, Tioga: See above.
138: Lucas Murphy, senior, Sayre: Murphy ended his senior season with an 18-11 record, including seven victories by fall.
145: Zach Sheppeck, sophomore, Athens: Sheppeck finished his sophomore season at 18-14 with 11 wins by fall.
152: Brad Jump, junior, Tioga: Jump finished his junior season 28-20
160: Luke Hoose, senior, Tioga: Hoose finished his senior season with 36-13 record, including 19 wins by fall and one via technical fall. He finished fifth at the Section IV Championships.
170: Brandon Ellers, senior, Waverly: See above.
182: Justin Fiske, junior, Tioga: See above.
195: Roger Horton, sophomore, Athens: Roger Horton finished the season at 25-13, was third at the North Section Tournament and sixth at the District 4 Championships. He won by 14 bouts by fall.
220: Ryan Wolcott, senior, Waverly: See above.
285: Zach Kelsey, senior, Tioga: Kelsey finished his senior season at 36-10, including 26 wins by fall. He finished fourth at the Section IV Championships.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Ryan Wolcott. IN PHOTO 2: Athens' Brian Courtney. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly's Brandon Ellers. IN PHOTO 4: Tioga's Jesse Manuel. IN PHOTO 5: Athens' Brock Horton. IN PHOTO 6: Waverly's A.J. Burkhart. IN PHOTO 7: Tioga's Justin Fiske. …. VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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