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High School Weekend: 5 Things That Stood Out

By BV, 12/04/17, 12:00PM EST


We're still sorting through the results from the opening weekend of high school wrestling in New York, but it's time to share a few things that stand out so far:

1. Donovan With a Hot Start: In a loaded weight class at the Matthew Marino Invitational, Cahal Donovan of Marcellus had a huge weekend, topping returning All-State wrestler Alex Samson of Victor, 5-3, before majoring 2017 132 pound state runner up Hector Colom of Fredonia, 10-1.  All three wrestlers are in our top 8 in New York. So far this season, Donovan is 8-0 with seven wins by bonus points. He was a finalist at the Times Union Center in 2016 and fourth last year.

2. #1 vs #2 Already?: Chris Barker of Fairport and Ross McFarland of Phoenix are our preseason top wrestlers at 160 pounds for Division 1 and Division 2, respectively. They met up in the opening weekend and it was a battle as Barker walked away with a victory in the ultimate tiebreaker.  Barker was fourth at this weight a year ago, while McFarland is a two-time state runner up. We expect to see both high on the podium at the end of the year. 

3. Not a Bad Bracket At All: You don’t often see four state placers in the same bracket in early season tournaments, but that’s what happened at the Battle at the Beach at 152 pounds on Saturday. It won’t surprise anyone that four-time NYS champ Jacori Teemer of Long Beach emerged as the winner.  However, he had to beat South Side’s Kyle Mosher, a three-time All-Stater, in the finals (13-6), while Mosher pinned returning NYS third placer Jack Chesman of Pearl River in the semis.  State qualifier Austin Carmen of Clarke beat 2017 NYS placer Daniel Bogie of Eagle Academy for fifth, while Shawn Regan of East Meadow notched third.

4. Eastport South Manor Makes a Statement: Eastport-South Manor brings back more state tournament points than any other Division 1 school, fueled by Adam Busiello, Zach Redding and Christian Gannone. And they showed this weekend that they are a tough dual team as well, defeating perennial Division 2 power Locust Valley (43-26) and the squad that was perhaps the favorite in Section 11, Rocky Point (40-33).  The Gannone brothers came up big, as Christian Gannone defeated Evan Matias 4-3 in a key bout at 126, while Joseph Gannone bested Corey Connolly, 15-9, at 160. It came down to the final match, with ESM leading 34-33. Frank Walz of ESM registered a fall in dramatic fashion to clinch the dual. Walz was named the team OW, according to Gary Redding, as he was trailing 3-1 late in the third before reversing his opponent to his back and recording the pin.  Also winning for ESM were Michael Falek, Zach Redding, Adam Busiello, Steven Kane and Michael Parrish.

5. Fans in New York and beyond have watched Stevo Poulin for quite a few years. He competed for the first time in varsity action over the weekend for Shenendehowa and got off to a good start, emerging as the 99 pound champ at the Clyde Cole Invitational with a first period pin in the finals.


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A few more matches that caught our eye: 

A pair of state finalists clashed, with Cody Anders of Brockport topping John Worthing of Tioga, 7-5 at 120.  In addition, Austin Lamb of Tioga beat Warren McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield in overtime in another meeting between All-State wrestlers.  Cory Day of Iroquois topped two-time NYS medalist Dylan Ingrao of Falconer (3-0) as well.