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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 15, 2009
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Brighton-Pittsford Post
February 17, 2009
NYS Qualifier
SuperSectionals has potential for fantastic wrestling matchups
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 20, 2009
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Pittsford crowns 3 Super Sectional wrestling champions
Brighton-Pittsford Post
February 24, 2009
Spencerport dominates Class AA with 6 sectional wrestling champions
Craig Potter • cpotter@messengerpostmedia.com
Staff writer Brighton-Pittsford Post
February 17, 2009

Fairport, N.Y. — Spencerport, ranked No. 1 in the state, continued its domination of the wrestling scene as the Rangers amassed 325 points in winning the Section 5 Class AA team title at Fairport High School on Saturday.

The Rangers crowned six champions, including Zak Haas, who came from the fifth seed to win the 130 weight class. Haas was one of three underdogs to win a sectional title as 12 No. 1 seeds back-upped their ranking with victories.

“I just had a desire to win and I just wanted it really bad,” Haas said, who beat top-seeded Nate Smith of Hilton in the semifinal. The pair wrestled earlier in the season.

“It was a close match,” Haas said. “He beat me with eight seconds left. I wanted to avenge that.”

Haas needed overtime to defeat No. 2 seed Phil Moore of Rush-Henrietta, 2-1, for the title.

“It was a good match,” said Haas. “We both wrestled hard. I just came out the winner in the end. I wrestled him last year. I beat him and he beat me. It was a nice little rivalry.

Another underdog to prevail was Pittsford’s Brady Baron, who was the fourth seed at 112. The Panther knocked off the No. 1 seed James Montante of Penfield, 4-0, in the semifinals, then topped No. 2 seed Mike Piedimonte of Spencerport, 4-2, with a takedown in overtime in the finals.

“It felt pretty good,” said the Pittsford freshman, who was competing in his first sectional event. “I didn't have any expectations at first. I just wanted to place pretty well. I just wanted to make Supers, but I was pretty glad.

When asked if he wrestled the pair before, Baron said, “I beat Piedimonte in the county's, and I lost to Montante twice before. I know he only has one shot, I just worked to stop that and it worked out for me in the end.”

The host’s Dean Elvin, the No. 3 seed at 140, was one of two Red Raiders to win a title.

Elvin edged second seed James Baymer of Hilton, 4-2, in the semifinals and faced No. 1 seed Tim Campbell of Spencerport in the finals. Elvin made a second period takedown stand up for a 2-1 decision.

“My plan was just to score points when I can, look for my shot and work through it,” he said. Elvin also wrestled Campbell when the Raiders gave the Rangers their biggest scare of the season in their regular season dual meet.

“I won with a couple of seconds left,” Elvin said of that match. “It was close.”

When asked what he learned from that bout, Elvin said, “Just how he moved on his feet and to stay tough on top, and to work up on bottom.”

The other five Rangers to win titles included: Geoff Brown (96), Paul Morabito (145), Nick Baxter (171), Paul Baxter (215), and Enzo Zagari (285).

The other weight class winners were: Brandon Ling (103) Penfield; Chester Demanchick (119) Gates Chili; C.J. Howard (125) Pittsford; Louis Cucchiara (135) Gates Chili; Dave Foley (152) Fairport; John Velieri (160) Hilton; and Brendan Dwyer (189) Pittsford.

Spencerport coach Bill Jacoutot was named the Coach of the Year. A change in the rules this year allow the Rangers to advance all 17 wrestlers to Super Sectionals this weekend at RIT. Fifteen Ranger grapplers placed in the top six.

When asked about the team’s success, Jacoutot said, “The improvement of our guys this year and the willingness to work; they just progressed through the season and are doing well right now.”

The Spencerport coach still looks for improvement at Super Sectionals.

“You have to be at your best,” said Jacoutot. “We're going to plan on being at our best. We had a couple situations where we tried our best but we didn't wrestle our best. We’ve just got to make sure that we're firing on all cylinders.”

Demanchick (96-140) and Glover (145-285) were named the Most Outstanding Wrestlers. Fairport's Pat Trabold received the Sportsmanship Award.

The Raiders earned second place with 201 points as Penfield took third with 173.5.

“We had five in the finals,” said FHS coach Mike Kohl. “We qualified 12 out of 17 kids (for Super Sectionals). It was a little bit of redemption to come back and place second.”

The Raiders dropped a 27-23 match to Penfield for the Division 1 title two weeks ago.

“The kids were disappointed after that meet, but we had to keep everything in perspective,” Kohl said. “We had two starters out, and not to take anything away from Penfield, they did an outstanding job.

“Coming into sectionals we were kind of limping. We had four starters out and still placing second in a tournament like this, the kids wrestled their hearts out.”
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