|ON TAP TODAY: SECTION IV WRESTLING TAKES CENTER STAGE — ATHENS WRESTLERS VIE FOR NTL DUALS TITLE (2019-02-08)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Wrestling takes center stage as the Section IV, Division II championships begin at Windsor High School this evening, and Athens hosts Wyalusing with the NTL duals title on the line.
The Waverly and Tioga boys bowling teams are in action at their respective Section IV class championships at Midway Lanes in Vestal this afternoon, and the Sayre girls can clinch their fifth consecutive division title on the hardwoods with a win at home tonight.
Section IV, Division II Championships, 5 p.m. @ Windsor H.S.: Tioga seeks its third consecutive Section IV title this weekend, but will be challenged by BGAH, Norwich, and Windsor.
The Tigers sent six wrestlers to States last year, and seek to duplicate that feat this year. Seniors John Worthing (138 pounds) and Austin Lamb (145), and junior Brady Worthing (132) are the top seeds in their weight classes and all seek a return trip to Albany, while junior David MacWhinnie (126), and freshman Caden Bellis (99) are second seeds and could earn a wild card with a second-place finish.
Senior 285-pounder Stephen Taylor is the fourth seed. He received a wild card last after with a third-place finish, and would likely do so again this year.
Waverly looks to advance its first wrestler to States since A.J. Burkhart finished sixth in 2016. Junior Ethan Stotler is the second seed at 145 pounds, and would like receive a wild card if he reached the finals.
(Click here for a look at the complete seeding in each weight class.)
Wyalusing (13-8 overall, 6-1) at Athens (9-4, 7-0), 7 p.m.: The Wildcats are coming off a 42-37 loss to Wyalusing in the opening round of the District 4 Duals, while the Rams rallied to top Towanda 39-35 Wednesday night.
With a win, Athens will claim its first outright NTL title since 1994-95. A Wyalusing win would result in a three-way tie also involving Troy.
Senior Randy Wildrick (27-2) and junior Jackson Chilson (26-3) are Wyalusing’s wrestlers at 285 and 220 pounds, respectively, while senior Trent Nickeson (10-2 at 152), freshman Jacob Bryun (22-7 at 120, freshman Nick Woodruff (20-8 at 126), junior Logan Newton (20-8 at 132), freshman Brian Arnold (12-9 at 170), and sophomore Zach Shaffer (14-12 at 138) also have winning records this season.
Senior David Galasso (25-4) and freshman Gavin Bradley (23-6) have been Athens’ best wrestlers at 170 and 106 pounds, respectively, while junior Keegan Braund (22-10 at 285), freshman Karter Rude (19-9 at 126), sophomore Zach Stafursky (17-11 at 145), freshman Kaden Setzer (16-10 at 106), sophomore Ben Pernaselli (14-9 at 195), junior Alex West (17-13 at 160), junior Dylan Comstock (13-12 at 182) also have winning records this season.
Waverly and Tioga at Section IV, Class Championships, 4 p.m. at Midway Lanes, Vestal: The IAC champion Tioga Tigers will vie for the Class D title, while Waverly will be in the mix for the Class C title.
Tioga sophomore Kolton Pond and senior Jason Sherman, and Waverly 8th-grader Zach Vanderpool and junior Derrick Canfield will all vie for individual medals.
NEB (10-9 overall, 7-6 NTL Small) at Sayre (16-5, 13-2) 6:30 p.m. (Varsity only): The Lady Redskins are coming off a 48-33 home win over Canton Wednesday, while the Lady Panthers dropped a 45-30 decision to Cowanesque Valley on their home floor.
Sayre can clinch its fifth straight division title with a win, or a North Penn-Mansfield loss at Canton.
The Lady Redskins won at NEB, 49-27.
Waverly (17-0) at Ithaca (7-8), 5:45 p.m. JV start: The Lady Wolverines, ranked 24th in Class B in New York State, are coming off a 91-71 win over state-ranked Hornell (16th in B) Monday night, while the Lady Little Red dropped a 69-60 decision to unbeaten and state-ranked Owego (4th in Class B) Wednesday.
Athens (11-8, NTL Large 9-5) at Troy (2-16, 1-12), 7 p.m.: The Lady Wildcats are coming off a 43-34 loss to Wyalusing Wednesday, while the Lady Trojans were thumped 52-21 by Wellsboro.
The two teams play again Wednesday at Athens.
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