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Interscholastic League Championships
Varsity Wrestling Tournament
Benjamin Franklin High School
Preliminaries & Quarters - Tuesday, April 14, 1931
Semis - Thursday, March 16, 1931
Finals - Monday, April 20, 1931
DeFrancisco Upsets Russo in Scholastic Mat Tourney
Democrat and Chronicle,
Wednesday, April 15, 1931
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© 1931 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Company Inc.
With only one real upset in the 24 matches, the city interscholastic individual
championships tournament advanced to the semi-finals yesterday afternoon at the
Benjamin Franklin High School boys' gymnasium. Sam Russo of Franklin, winner of
the Y.M.C.A. amateur title in the 126-pound class Saturday night, bowed to
DeFrancisco of Monroe, whom he had defeated for the citywide crown, in
yesterday's dope-spilling tilt.
Russo had won by a narrow margin Saturday, and DeFrancisco came through for his
victory also by a small edge. His time advantage was 1 minute, 57 seconds.
Presenting an appearance as though he were fit for a hospital with his bandaged
ears, DeFrancisco flashed a world of strength and cleverness to break away from
his opponent on his turn to get down and gain the longer time on top for victory.
Dibble of Monroe, one of the favorites to take the 105-pound division
championship, encountered plenty of opposition from DiSessa of West and was
forced into two extra periods before he broke through for a 55-second time
Only Six Falls
Although the leading contestants were seeded yesterday, only six of the battles
resulted in falls, testifying to the even caliber of the matmen. Hall of West,
105; Caputo of West, and Taylor of Tech, 112; Spronza of Tech and Davison,
Monroe, 147; and Wright of East, 160, are the boys who threw their men for
In addition to DeFrancisco's triumph over Russo, the 126-pound group supplied
two other feature bouts. Ruppenthal, somewhat rangy for a wrestler, but a
revelation of speed and agility, somersaulted his way from a tight spot into the
top position to beat Hook of Monroe, by 1 minute, 58 seconds. Cocuzzi,
Occidental, gained one of the closest wins of the afternoon by copping a 1
minute, 21 seconds margin over Dornin of East.
Vollo, Oriental, turned in an excellent performance by defeating Brooks,
Westsider, in a well-fought battle by a two-minute time advantage and
Bickerstaff by the slim edge of 1 minute, 32 seconds.
The DePrez brothers, rivals in the 175-pound class last year and this season,
decided not to hinder each other's chances for a crown and went into different
classes. Jerry, of Tech, will try to defend his 175-pound title, while Gene, of
West, will go after the unlimited group championship.
The semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at Franklin, and the finals