|IAC WRESTLING: SVEC'S SEXTON, ALPERT WIN TITLES TO HELP EAGLES TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT CLYDE COLE INVITATIONAL (15 PHOTOS) (2017-12-03)
Valley Sports Report
OXFORD — Seniors Bryant Sexton, who was named “Most Outstanding Wrestler,” and Grady Alpert each won titles, and seven SVEC wrestlers placed in the top six to lead the Eagles to a fourth-place finish this weekend at the Clyde Cole Invitational.
“Bryant (Sexton) and Grady (Alpert) looked good,” said SVEC coach Eric Knolles. “They looked like seniors. They’re in good shape and wrestling hard.”
Powerhouse Bainbridge-Guilford / Afton / Harpursville won the team title with 264 points, while Division 1 power Shenendehowa was second with 247 points, Queensbury was third with 197 points, and SVEC was fourth with 167 points.
“Our first- and second-year kids got a win or two. We had nine freshmen and sophomores in the tournament, and they were able to get some pins in the wrestlebacks; that kept us in the team race,” said Knolles. “Fourth place is a pretty solid finish.
“We were 14th out of 16 teams here two years ago,” noted Knolles. “To finished fourth out of 14 two years removed is pretty solid growth.”
Freshman Parker Sexton registered a third-place finish for the Eagles, while junior Mark Mullen finished fourth, junior Kyle Jelliff and sophomore Alex Morse finished fifth, and freshman Hunter Cleveland finished sixth.
Bryant Sexton opened his 132-pound title run with a pin of Queensbury’s John Brody in 1:44, then forged a 7-1 decision over Sherburne-Earlville’s Morgan Lakin.
In the finals, Sexton scored a reversal and three near-fall points in overtime to top-sed Eli Rodriguez of Norwich, 5-0.
“(Eli) Rodriguez took third at States two years ago and won a Section IV title last year, he’s a quality kid; that’s a good win for Bryant,” said Knolles.
Alpert also turned in an impressive 3-0 performance on the weekend to win the 182-pound title.
Alpert opened with a pin of Averill Park’s Eric Haskins in 2:22 to advance to the semifinals, where he pinned Shenedehowa’s Parker Brooks in 4:56.
In the finals, Alpert forged an impressive 16-5 major decision over top-seeded Dom Nassivera.
Parker Sexton went 4-1 on the weekend to finish third at 120 pounds.
Parker Sexton started the weekend with a pair of first-period pins Friday night. He decked Norwich’s Joey Marvin in 1:16, then flattened BGAH’s Brandon Hoover in 40 seconds.
In the semifinals, Parker Sexton dropped a hard-fought, 8-7, decision to Carthage’s Justyn Begley. He bounced back in the consolation semifinals with a pin of Queensbury’s Owen Rafferty in 1:17.
In the third-place match, Parker Sexton edged Shenandehowa’s Antonio Lomascolo, 5-3.
“Parker Sexton is starting to come around, 120 pounds was a decent weight class; that’s a good finish,” said Knolles.
Mullen went 3-2 on the weekend to finish fourth 160 pounds.
Mullen recorded a pair of falls Friday night to advance to the semifinals. He pinned Norwich’s Angel Francis in 3:11 in the opening round, then decked Maine-Endwell’s Spencer Portaaro in 2:23 in the quarterfinals.
In the semis, Averill Park’s Andrew Fountain handed Mullen a 5-2 loss, but the SVEC junior bounced back with a 12-6 decision over Sherburne-Earlville’s Vinny Albertina in the consolation semifinals.
In the third-place match, Mullen dropped a hard-fought, 9-6, decision to Shenendehowa’s Jacob McGrail.
“Mullen was in a good weight class,” said Knolles. “The kids that beat him are kids he’ll have to beat going forward, and he knows that.
“There were four good kids in the weight class, and he took fourth,” added Knolles. “Next week, it could be a totally different story.”
Jelliff went 5-2 on the weekend to to finish fifth at 145 pounds.
Jelliff opened the tournament with pins of Oxford’s Daren Law in 3:42, and Norwich’s Dakota Powers in 5:00, but was knocked into the consolation bracket with a pinfall loss to Groton’s Reese Lockwood in 5:56.
Jelliff met Powers again in the wrestlebacks and forged an 8-0 major decision to advance to the consolation quarterfinals, where pinned BGAH’s Talon Rezucha in 3:21.
Greene’s Harrison Slone pinned Jelliff in 2:43 in the consolation semis, but he bounced back in the fifth-place match with a pin of Carthage’s Thomas Albright in 2:28.
At 138 pounds, Morse went 4-2 to finish fifth.
Morse opened the weekend with a pin of Oxford’s Paul Baker in 4:44, but was knocked into the consolation bracket with an 11-7 loss to Sidney’s Dan Calkins in the quarterfinals.
Morse bounced back in the wrestlebacks with a 39-second pin of Carthage’s Edwin Chilton, then pinned Averill Park’s Peter Flick in 5:21.
In the consolation semifinals, Morse dropped a 3-1 decision to Sidney’s David Gannon, then received a forfeit in the fifth-place match.
At 113 pounds, Cleveland won an 8-2 decision over Shenendehowa’s Brice Anderson in the opening round, but was knocked into the consolation bracket via a first-period fall at the hands of Norwich’s Nick Glanville.
Cleveland bounced back with a pin of Groton’s Tanner Karschner in 2:09 to assure himself of placing. He lost his next two matches — by fall to Averill Park’s Andrew Lee, and a 9-1 decision to Oxford’s Brady Smith — to finish sixth.
At 126 pounds, freshman Morgan Myers opened with a pin of Jade SanSoucie of Oxford in 1:23, then dropped a 12-3 major decision to Marathon’s Dylan Reynolds in the quarterfinals.
Myers bounced back with a pin of Greene’s Vincent Giovaneti in 43 seconds. He was eliminated one round shy of placement via a 9-3 loss to Carthage’s Hunter Guyette.
At 106 pounds, senior Kyle Christmas dropped a 3-0 decision to Sherburne-Earlville’s Brian Menard in his opening match, but bounced back with a pin of Carthage’s Dylan Thomas is 3:23.
Christmas was eliminated by Oxford’s Cooper Rice via a 7-4 decision.
At 120 pounds, 8th-grader Devin Beach dropped a 14-3 major decision to Carthage’s Riley Green in the opening round, but bounced back with his first varsity win — a fall in 2:17 over Norwich’s Joey Marvin.
Beach was eliminated via first-period fall at the hands of Owen Rafferty of Queensbury one round shy of placement.
At 152 pounds, junior Robert Wintermute pinned Groton’s Diego Nuno in 62 seconds in the opening round, but was pinned in his next two bouts.
At 170 pounds, sophomore Kevin Dobell lost his opening-round match, but bounced back with a pin of BGAH’s Ben Roberts in 76 seconds in the wrestlebacks. He was eliminated via a second-period fall at the hands of M-E’s Roman Jellick.
Freshman Zach Kline went 0-2 at 99 pounds, sophomore Chris Miller was 0-2 at 145 pounds. junior Mandell Davis was 0-2 at 195 pounds, and freshman Kamden Peters was 0-2 at 220 pounds.
SVEC returns to action Tuesday night when it hosts Waverly in its first dual match of the season, then travels to the Central Valley Duals this weekend.
IN PHOTO 1: SVEC’s Grady Alpert (left) and Bryant Sexton. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF HEATHER SEXTON.
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