Monroe County League Championships
Varsity Wrestling Tournament
7. Churchville-Chili Saints .............
Upsets Dominate County Wrestling
By Jim Rickey,
Name a Monroe County League wrestling favorite and odds
are 10 to 13 he did not win a title in yesterday's league championships at
Spencerport's Frank DeAngelis was first of the three to live up to his No. 1 seeding with a 5-1 victory over Rick Lembo of Eastridge in the 141-pound weight division. Clay Barnard of Hilton (157 pounds) and Rich McPhee of East Rochester (177 pounds) were the others to survive a tournament of upsets.
Defending class champions Ken Frankel (101 pounds) of Pittsford and Tim Borshoffof Irondequoit (129 pounds) failed to make it past Friday night's quarterfinal round, although Frankel managed to finish third.
Yesterday's upsets came in the semifinals when Spencerport's Dave Stulpin was defeated by East Rochester's Chris Bourne at 108 pounds. Eastridge's Roy Spring, who was defeated by both during the regular season, won the class with an 11-7 decision.
Previously unbeaten Jim Polsinelli, who entered the tournament with a 20-0 record, was pinned by Greece Athena's Frank Martello in the semifinals at 129 pounds. Martello was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
In the final round, the division of defending champions wasn't won by a former titlist. Rush-Henrietta's Shane Cook defetaed last year's champion Scott Court of Churchville-Chili, 7-5 for the 112-pound class title. Steve Silver, last years 105-pound champion, finished third.
Tom Mandara of Gates Chili handed Dave Polsinelli of Eastridge a 3-2 loss at 119 pounds. Following Martello's victory at 129 pounds, Irondequoit's Pete Kundin upset previously undefeated Bob DiBaudo of Penfield, 1-0, in overtime for the 135-pound title.
Eastridge's Jeff Freedman whipped No. 1 seeded Steve Wark of Gates Chili, 9-5, the the 148-pound class and Spencerport's Gary Baxter defeated Greg Clark of Pittsford, 10-6, at 167 pounds. Clark had earlier eliminated top seed Parker Corts of Eastridge.
Greece Athena's Pat Cotturone ended the tournament with another upset, pinning East Rochester's favored Don Verni at 5:28 of the unlimited weight division.
"I just put it all together," said Spring, who was defeated five times during the season. "I had lost to Stulpin, 8-5, and to Bourne, 2-0, before and never figured I had a chance.
"My coach (Bill Lawler) told me to wrestle my way, not to copy anybody else's style."
Spring, a senior, said illness could have been a cause for a few of the upsets. "Some of the guys may have eaten too much before they came on the mat to wrestle," he said. "I know I wasn't feeling very well out there for a while."
Perhaps the biggest upset of the day was Spencerport's romp to another title, breaking East Rochester's former record of three straight.
The Rangers, who totaled 134.5 points, had the title clinched before last night's final round: Eastridge, winner of 12 dual meets this season, was second with 108 points.
Gates Chili was third with 73, followed by Hilton with 67.5, East Rochester with 56.5, Pittsofrd with 56, Churchville-Chili with 45, Irondequoit with 44, Greeve Athena with 36, Rush-Henrietta with 33, Webster with 31.5, Penfield with 22, Greece Arcadia with 14, Greece Olympia with 12, Fairport and Brockport each with 10.5, and Brighton with 5.5.