CANANDAIGUA — There is something to be said for standing your ground against tough odds. The South Seneca wrestling team did not take first place, but the team did lead all local Wayne-Finger Lakes league squads over the weekend in the Robert Bradshaw Invitational at Canandaigua Academy.
South Seneca accounted for a team total 104 points to finish in eighth place on Saturday. Webster Thomas took top team honors with a 294 team score.
Marcus Whitman-Penn Yan (65), Waterloo (52.5), Geneva (46) and Dundee (24) finished in 13th, 16th, 17th, and 22nd place, respectively, in a field of 26 teams.
South Seneca has also clinched the regular season Finger Lakes West league title, with Midlakes claiming the regular season title in the FL East, and Waterloo capturing the FL Central.
“It’s great to see what’s happening to wrestling in the Finger Lakes,” said South Seneca head coach Ken Sweet.
“We wrestled great tonight, and I know we haven’t reached our potential yet. It’s also good to see Midlakes and Waterloo having good years and winning their respective regular season league titles.”
In the 99-pound weight class, South Seneca’s Caleb Sweet earned a fourth-place result. This was followed by Waterloo’s Jayson Minguez placing eighth in the 106 class.
Ayden Mowry of Marcus Whitman-Penn Yan took an eighth-place result at 113 and Peter Shangraw placed eighth for Waterloo in the 120 division.
In the 113-pound weight class, Marcus Whitman-Penn Yan’s Jarred Calice claimed third. Geneva’s Ty Coles won by medical forfeit over Charlie Burgess. Luke Dendis of South Seneca claimed the eighth spot.
Geneva’s Andrew Mateo claimed sixth in the 145-pound weight class.
Dundee’s Kenneth Empson pinned Hilton’s Billy Hart in 34 seconds to claim fifth in the 170 weight class.
Seth Denmark of South Seneca claimed first in the 182 weight class on a 3-2 decision over Webster Thomas’ Chris Pannell. Waterloo’s Dylan Amidon placed sixth.
Cole Marr of Waterloo also claimed first in his weight class of 195 as he pinned Webster Thomas’ Noah Lehman in 2:54. Colton Yerkes of Marcus Whitman-Penn Yan finished in sixth, while Dundee’s Leif Hoyt claimed eighth.
South Seneca’s Keagan Carmenatty took home third place in the 220 weight class as he won on a 4-1 decision over Webster Thomas’ Sean Howlett.
Quinton Mundell of South Seneca claimed fifth in the 285 weight class as he pinned Penfield’s John Howard in three minutes. Geneva’s Daishawn Rowe took away eighth in the same weight class.
NEWARK — When a plan comes to together it can lead to something special. Such was the case over the weekend as the Midlakes varsity wrestling team won the Jack Fisher Invitational hosted by Newark High School.
The Screaming Eagles came into the tournament with high spirits. On Thursday night the team earned a victory over Marcus Whitman and in doing so captured the Finger Lakes East regular season championship.
Now in his 11th season as the Midlakes head wrestling coach, Steve Howcroft has built up a strong understanding of what it takes to instill confidence and inspire high school kids.
“It’s all about hard work and making sure the kids are prepared,” said Howcroft. “This is a great sport and it really is amazing to see how much the kids grow in a few short years.”
With a team score of 227.5 the Screaming Eagles edged Wayne (223) for first place over the weekend. Pittsford (186), Gates-Chili (139.5), Mynderse (108.5), Byron Bergen (97.5), and Newark (85) followed in third through seventh place.
“We seem to be peaking at the right time,” added Howcroft. “The kids are putting everything they learn together and now it’s my job to let them take control and make decisions.”
With the Wayne-Finger Lakes league tournament scheduled for this upcoming weekend (Jan. 19-20), and sectionals a few weeks away, now is the time to “execute when it counts,” added Howcroft.
The Midlakes squad started off on the right foot with Teddy Raes earning a first place finish in the 99-pound weight class. He recorded a pin in the third and final round in 3:19 over Mynderse. Brock Youngs of Mynderse finished fourth in the event.
Overall, Midlakes had five first place finishers in the tournament, and each wrestler for the team placed in the event.
Chase Peacock of Midlakes took home first place in 106-pound weight class on a win over Wayne by way of a pin in 1:29. Newark’s Connor Nenish finished fourth in the 106 division.
After Pittsford took the crown in the 113 division, Brandon MacDonell of Midlakes was first in the 120-pound weight class with a winning pin in 24 seconds over Gates-Chili.
Wayne’s William Tennity placed first in the 126-pound weight class. He was followed by Jackson Vermeulen (fourth) of Newark, Eric Peck-Elzey (fifth) of Midlakes, and Newark’s Jade Eldridge (seventh).
Gates-Chili took top honors in the 132 division and was followed by Nathen Wagner (second) of Wayne, John Shaw (third) of Newark, and Cody Helker (fourth) of Midlakes.
Wayne’s Joshua Jones was first at 138 and Morgan Major of Mynderse finished third. Major had a first round win over Byron Bergen by way of a pin in 1:23. For Midlakes, Matt Raes placed fifth overall.
In the 145-pound weight class, Wayne’s Robert Billett was first Byron Bergen in second, followed by Kain Bennett of Midlakes, and Matt Card of Newark finishing in third and fourth place.
Trent Youngs of Mynderse was first in the 152 division as he pinned his Pittsford opponent in 2:00 in the first place match. Preston Cooper (fourth) of Midlakes, Chris Cratsley (fifth) of Mynderse, and Colin Steiner (sixth) of Newark also had impressive performances.
After a win for Pittsford in the 160 class, Wyatt Smith of Midlakes captured a first place finish in the 170 division.
Midlakes finished one-two in the 182-pound weight class with Curtis Grimes taking the crown and teammate Justin Babcock placing second after Grimes won the first place match on a 6-5 decision.
Gates Chili took top honors in the 195 division and was followed by Newark’s Kaiden Moore in fourth. For Midlakes, Justin Teed and Toby Scott placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
In the 220 division, after Pittsford claimed the top spot, Jacob Wright of Midlakes placed second, with Newark’s Chris Hernandez in fourth.
The 285-pound weight class was won by Gates Chili, with Caleb Crandell of Wayne in second, Mason Major of Mynderse in third, and Newark’s Connor Simizon in fourth.