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Valley Sports Report
HORSEHEADS "” Waverly went 2-1 here Friday night in Day 1 of the Mark Stephens Classic, notching wins over South Seneca and Camden.

It marks the first time in the three years of the event, the Wolverines have won more than one match.

"We wrestled pretty well," said Waverly coach Devan Witman.

"We got off to slow starts in our first two matches," he noted. "I don't think our warm-ups were there. It's still early in the season, and I don't think our guys quite know how to get themselves ready for a match."

Waverly opened the evening with a 51-22 win over South Seneca, then rallied to beat Camden, 48-40. The Wolverines dropped a 60-24 decision to Horseheads in the night cap.

The wrestler of the night for the Wolverines may have been freshman Gage Tedesco, who was 3-0 with three pins, including the match-clinching win against Camden.

"Gage is a different wrestler than he was last year," said Witman. "That fire is still there, but his technique is getting so much better. When we start to eliminate the mistakes he makes, along with the technique he's learning, he's going to be a scary wrestler."

Sophomore Garrett Skeens, junior Trevor Meyers, and seniors Ethan Stotler and Trent Skeens were also 3-0 on the night.

Waverly 51, South Seneca 22
South Seneca used a pair of falls to take an early 12-6 lead, but consecutive first-period pins by senior Rylan Laforest, at 126, Garrett Skeens (132), and sophomore Cole Stanton (138) gave Waverly the lead for good en route to a 51-22 win over South Seneca.

"I don't know much about any of these teams, other than Horseheads," said Witman. "You try to win every match, but when you're going up against teams and you don't know what the next match is going to bring, every match seems important.

"We dropped a couple matches early, then got big wins from Rylan (Laforest) and Garrett (Skeens), then at 138 (Cole) Stanton hitting a headlock, and it was almost a perfect headlock, really swung the momentum totally in our favor, leading up to Austin Kimble and upper weights," added Witman.

South Seneca won a pair of matches to trim the deficit to 24-22, but Waverly won the final five matches, including a forfeit, to finish off the match.

Junior Austin Kimble started the roll with an 8-7 decision over Luke Dendis at 160 pounds, scoring an escape in the final 10 seconds for the win.

After a forfeit to Stotler at 170 pounds, Meyers (182), Tedesco (195), and Trent Skeens (285) registered first-period pins to secure the win.

Waverly 48, Camden 40
Camden raced out to a 34-12 lead, but Waverly recorded five straight pins in the final five contested weight classes to rally for a 48-40 win.

"Just like the South Seneca match, we started off slow, then we pinned the last five contested matches to get the win," said Witman.

The big win came from Tedesco, who scored a pin of Sean O'Brien in 3:00, to give the Wolverines a 42-34 lead with two weight classes remaining - one forfeit to Waverly, and one to Camden.

"That was a big win for Gage. He's still relatively new to the sport, and I don't know if he knew it was winner-take-all at that point," laughed Witman. "I didn't tell him, and I know coach (A.J.) Aronstam didn't tell him.

"I don't know if he knew we were going to trade forfeits in the last two bouts, but he knew he needed to go out there and win," added Witman.

Camden jumped out to an 16-0 lead after three weight classes, but Laforest stemmed the tide at 126 pounds with a pin of Connor Meagher in 2:44.

After a forfeit to Garrett Skeens trimmed the deficit to 16-12, Camden notched a pair of falls and received a forfeit to make it 34-12.

Stotler started the pin parade with a 30-second decking of Tyler Pelton at 160 pounds, then Austin Kimble needed just 40 seconds to pin Joshua Salsman at 170 pounds to pull the Wolverines within 10, at 34-24.

Sophomore Andrew Kimble pinned Lyle Walker in 1:35 at 182 pounds, and Meyers made it four straight first-period falls for the Wolverines by flattening John Danaher in 1:46 at 195 pounds to give Waverly its first lead at 36-34.

Horseheads 60, Waverly 24
Horseheads won six of the first seven bouts via pin fall to take a commanding lead en route to a 60-24 win over Waverly in the final match of the evening.

The highlight of the match was Stotler's 6-2 win over Horseheads' Jacob Scibek, a four-time Division 1 state qualifier.

"It's a tremendous win for Ethan," said Witman.

Garrett Skeens, Tedesco, and Trent Skeens all registered first-period falls, and Meyers won a hard-fought, 3-2, decision against Allan Walker for Waverly's only wins in the match.

Day 2 action will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Waverly is slated to wrestle Middletown, Horseheads "˜B,' Pennfield, and Cortland.


IN PHOTOS 1-4: Waverly's Gage Tedesco. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.


99: No Match;
106: Caleb Sweet (SS) by fall over Connor Stotler (W), 2:23;
113: Madison Yeakel (W)by forfeit;
120: Trevor Sibley (SS) by fall over Mason Ham (W), 0:43;
126: Rylan LaForest (W) by fall over Tyler Piccolo (SS), 1:50;
132: Garrett Skeens (W) by fall over Jack Snyder (SS), 1:02;
138: Cole Stanton (W) by fall over Nick Elder (SS), 1:54;
145: Josh Wilkins (SS) major dec. over Braeden Hills (W), 16-2;
152: Joshua Maslyn (SS) by fall over Lilyparker Ennis (W), 0:32;
160: Austin Kimble (W) dec. Luke Dendis (SS), 8-7;
170: Ethan Stotler (W) by forfeit;
182: Trevor Meyers (W) by fall over Jason Kaiser (SS), 1:12;
195: Gage Tedesco (W) by fall over Simon Appleby (SS), 1:39;
220: No Match;
285: Trent Skeens (W) by fall over Johnathan Kaiser (SS), 0:38.


106: Trey Kimball (C) major dec. Connor Stotler (W), 15-3;
113: Jack Chase (C) by fall over Mason Ham (W), 1:25;
120: Sean Seymore (C) by fall over Madison Yeakel (W), 1:01;
126: Rylan LaForest (W) by fall over Conner Meagher (C), 2:44;
132: Garrett Skeens (W) by forfeit;
138: Zack Smith (C) by fall over Cole Stanton (W), 1:35;
145: James Christmas (C) by fall  over Braeden Hills (W), 5:59;
152: Steven Minor (C) by forfeit;
160: Ethan Stotler (W) by fall  over Tyler Pelton (C), 0:31;
170: Austin Kimble (W) by fall over Joshua Salsman (C). 0:40;
182: Andrew Kimble (W) by fall over Lyle Walker (C). 1:35;
195: Trevor Meyers (W) by fall over John Danaher (C), 1:46;
220: Gage Tedesco (W) by fall  over Sean O`Brien (C), 3:00;
285: Trent Skeens (W) by forfeit;
99: Colton Kelly (C) by forfeit.

113: Cael Owen (HH) by fall  over Mason Ham (W), 1:24;
120: Tommy Dale (HH) by fall  over Madison Yeakel (W), 1:15;
126: Zach Levey (HH) by fall  over Rylan LaForest (W), 4:56;
132: Garrett Skeens (W) by fall  over Nathan Levey (HH), 1:28;
138: Calum Houper (HH) by fall  over Cole Stanton (W), 0:27;
145: Serfino Menard (HH) by fall  over Braeden Hills (W), 0:59;
152: Jarrett O`Connell (HH) by fall  over Lilyparker Ennis (W), 1:02;
160: Ethan Stotler (W) dec. Jacob Scibek (HH), 6-2;
170: Jack Massengale (HH) by fall  over Austin Kimble (W), 1:41;
182: Trevor Meyers (W) dec Allan Walker (HH), 3-2;
195: Gage Tedesco (W) by fall  over Jared Moore (HH), 1:54;
220: Gannon Johnston (HH) by forfeit;
285: Trent Skeens (W) by fall  over Brody Jacobs (HH), 0:56;
99: Cody Dale (HH) by forfeit;
106: Ryan Massengale (HH) by fall  over Connor Stotler (W), 2:24.

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