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Section V Class AA:
Mendon's Dwyer hoping for rematch with Boley
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 15, 2009
  Spencerport dominates Class AA with 6 sectional wrestling champions
Brighton-Pittsford Post
February 17, 2009
NYS Qualifier
SuperSectionals has potential for fantastic wrestling matchups
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 20, 2009
NYS Tournament
Pittsford crowns 3 Super Sectional wrestling champions
Brighton-Pittsford Post
February 24, 2009
Pittsford crowns 3 Super Sectional wrestling champions
Craig Potter . cpotter@messengerpostmedia.com
Staff writer Brighton-Pittsford Post
February 24, 2009

Henrietta, N.Y. - Cam Kelly got to where he wanted to be. The Pittsford senior, however, took the 'scenic' route to get there.

Kelly claimed the Super Sectionals 119-pound Division 1 championship on Saturday night at RIT's Gordon Field House, and earned an automatic berth to the state tournament this weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany.

The Panther began the post season activity as the No. 1 seed in the Monroe County tournament three weekends ago, but was seeded sixth at Super Sectionals.

"I had a tough tournament at county's, had some unfortunate losses," said Kelly, who was the lowest seed to win a title this year. "Then at (Class AA) sectionals, the same thing happened. But for this tournament, I just got my mind right, decided to kick it up a notch for the tournament; decided to win it."

In the finals Kelly (35-5) met another unlikely combatant, John Paul Hayden of Spencerport, who was the fifth seed. The Ranger (33-12) upset No. 1 seed, Mike Gentilcore of Greece Olympia, in the semifinals.

"He (Hayden) defeated me in the sectional finals last weekend, so I needed the get some revenge on him," Kelly said. "A 7-0 victory was nice.

"I've just got to go out there every match and think every match is the finals. Everyone is going to be tough from now on. This will be my first year at state. I had an unfortunate injury last year and I couldn't wrestle in sectionals or this. It feels great (going to state)."

Panther teammate C.J. Howard won the 125 title with a 3-0 decision over Brockport's Dan Schickler in a battle of the top two seeds. The Pittsford junior used a third period escape and takedown to win the match. He is 39-2 on the season.

Pittsford's third finalist, 189-pounder Brendan Dwyer, lost to Brockport's Christian Boley, 8-2. Dwyer is 39-2 this season with both defeats coming at the hands of the Blue Devil grappler.

Brighton placed two wrestlers in the final. Top-seeded C.J. Glickman used a takedown in the final seconds to beat Dean Elvin of Fairport, 3-1, in the 140 weight class.

The Barons 285-pounder Mibo Alona suffered his first loss of the season as the senior had to go overtime for the second straight match in the final.

Spencerport's Enzo Zagari avenged his loss to Alona, in the Monroe County final, with an escape in the second overtime period on Saturday. Zagari (24-4) then controlled Alona (25-1) in the final 30-second overtime session for the 2-1 victory.

Brandon Ling of Penfield captured the 103 weight class with a 1-0 win over Newark's Ian Ross in the final.

"I'm so excited, so happy because the second time he beat me, and now he was seeded higher than me and I wasn't supposed to beat him," said Ling. "I tried my hardest, and it paid off for all the hard work that I have done during practice."

When asked if he were surprised that Ross chose the neutral position to start the third period, Ling said, "Oh no I wasn't because in my top I have scored so many points this year. I, by far, had the most back points from just tilting people.

"If he chose bottom, he might have thought that I could have turned him because I already turned him before the first time. That's what made me win the first time in the Hunter Tournament. I was losing two or four points and I came back. It was a really tough match and I barely squeezed by that one. He took me down at the last second."

This will be Ling's first trip to the state tournament. His workout partner, James Montante, went last year, but will have to wait until Tuesday to see if he gets an at large berth after placing second in the 112 final.

"I didn't want to go by myself," Ling said. I told him, 'You better win this match because I don't want to go alone.' I'm so happy he won his semifinal match because now he qualifies for a wild card."

Montante placed second at 112 after he avenged a loss to Pittsford's Brady Baron with a 2-0 win over the Panther in the semifinals. Montante lost to No. 1 seed Bob Dierna of Wayne in the final, 9-2. He will have to wait to see if he receives an at large berth on Tuesday.

Josh Veltre of Greece Olympia won the 152 title to improve to 56-0 this season.

"It was good," said the Spartan senior. "I'm definitely relieved, finally winning this tournament. I just stuck to the basics, do what I do best."

Veltre will make a return trip to the state tournament.

"The first time I went 1-2, the second time I took sixth," he said. "I like my chances a lot this year. I'm due for that state championship."

Spencerport's Nick Baxter ended several years of frustration by claiming the 171 crown.

"It just feels great," the Ranger senior said. "It feels like the last five years of working for this moment paid off. It's the first time I've placed (at Super Sectionals) and my first title. My last chance. I wasn't going to, I just wanted to go out on top. I feel overwhelmed."

Baxter is making his first trip to the state meet.

"My team is going to get recognized as No. 1 in the state, and being able to represent my school, it just feels great," Baxter said.

Lewis Cucchiara of Gates Chili avenged his loss to Greece Olympia's Joe Bonaldi in the Monroe County 135 weight class final three weeks ago by registering a takedown at the buzzer to win the Super Sectional championship, 3-1.

"I made adjustments to my stance and got a little bit more quicker, faster," Cucchiara said. "People that made me better helped a lot. This will be my first time to state. It's amazing. I'm still in awe."

The Rush-Henrietta program was named the first recipient of the Earl Fuller-Frank Marotta Sportsmanship Award for Division 1. Palmyra-Macedon received the Division 2 award.

"It's a good honor," said R-H coach Mickey Marlowe. "What makes it special is that it's not just about the coaches, just about the varsity. It's in recognition of the whole Rush-Henrietta wrestling community.

"To be the first one to start it out is a good thing, too. Sometimes people look at that as a consolation prize, but I don't. I think it's a credit to what they feel of our program.

"We got that award because of kids like Phil Moore and Sean Grove, who are two outstanding seniors. They represent that award perfectly; kids who work hard, do what they're supposed to do, and then produce on the mat. If you look at that award, and look at those guys, that defines our program."

Grove lost to Spencerport's Paul Morabito in the 145 final. The Rangers also crowned another champion as Paul Glover beat Brighton's James Gilbert for the 215 title.

Hilton's John Velieri won the 160 weight class as Wayne had three champions: Alec Dierna (96), Vinnie Digravio (130), and Bob Dierna (112).

Don DeBadts of Geneseo received the Terry Robert Justice Memorial Award for contributions to high school wrestling.
   
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