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Section 5 Super Sectionals
Varsity Wrestling Tournament and
State Tournament Qualifier
@ Webster Schroeder Junior High School
Friday & Saturday, February 28-29, 1992
1992 Section V Super Sectionals Champions
ROW: John Gemmel (Hornell), Darrell Travers (Waterloo), Joe Barbera
(Spencerport), Alex Croog (Brighton), Mike Kohl (Fairport). MIDDLE
ROW: Kevin Bulling (East Rochester), Rusty Grant (Brighton), Wade
Marriott (Kendall), Matt Logan (Fairport). BACK ROW: Matt Leach
(Brockport), Sirrell Gissendanner (Spencerport), Dave Dennie
(Pal-Mac), Casey Lamb (Victor), Jack Fisher (Newark).
advance to state tournament.)
91 - John Gemmel (Hornell,
31-4) d. Rodney Frey (East Rochester), 4-3
98 - Darrell Travers (Waterloo, 24-7)
d. Bob D'Arduni (Pal-Mac), 4-0
105 - Joe Barbera (Spencerport, 38-1) d.
Dan Nier (Athena), 8-7
112 - Alex Croog (Brighton, 27-0) d. Todd
Allen (Canandaigua), 20-7
119 - Mike Kohl (Fairport, 25-1) d. Mark
Voci (McQuaid), 3-2
126 - Kevin Bulling (East Rochester, 31-5) d. Joe
Rothenburger (Spencerport), 9-7
132 - Rusty Grant (Brighton, 37-0) d. Ron
Sanger (Athena), 3-2
138 - Wade Marriott (Kendall, 36-0) d.
Vince Acciaio (Irondequoit), 9-2
145 - Matt Logan (Fairport, 27-1-1) d.
William Trigg (Edison), 4-2
155 - Matt Leach (Brockport, 31-3) d.
Chris Van Gorden (Pal-Mac), 4-2
167 - Sirrell Gissendanner (Spencerport,
36-2-1) d. Eric Strafel (Brockport), 9-2
177 - Dave Dennie (Pal-Mac, 31-1-1) d.
Dan Yonts (Penn Yan), 15-3
215 - Casey Lamb (Victor, 34-0) d. John
Fingler (Fairport), 11-4
250 - Jack Fisher (Newark, 33-1) d.
Anthony Dellafave (Arcadia), 7-2
John Ordway Memorial Outstanding Wrestler Award
3 wrestlers earn 2nd trip to state finals in Syracuse
Democrat and Chronicle,
Sunday, March 1, 1992
Full Text: Copyright
1992 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Company Inc.
fans recall Super Sectional tournaments, the 1992 state qualifier will
rank as one of the most competitive in Section 5.
"The competition (last night) shows our talent," said Section 5
wrestling chairman Don DeBadts. "The people who won here tonight deserve
to represent our section. The matches were some of the best I've ever
seen for this tournament."
DeBadt's statement has merit. Three wrestlers will make return trips to
this weekend's state tournament in Syracuse.
But one wrestler who made the trip last season will not be among the
four. Dan Nier, 105 pounds, faced Spencerport's Joe Barbera for the
second weekend in a row. Trailing, 6-2, Barbera rallied and scored a
takedown with less than 10 seconds remaining to defeat Nier, 8-7, and
gain his first trip to Syracuse.
Barbera was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler, receiving the
John Ordway Trophy.
"When I came into the match, I thought I would be winning by at least
four points," said Barbera, who extended his season record to 38-1.
"When I was down, I knew I had to keep pressure on just like last week."
Barbera is confident that he could win the state title at 105.
"I'm going to Syracuse to win," he said. "If I don't, I'd be very
"Joe's ability to keep his focus was the key," said Spencerport Coach
Bill Jacoutot. "Dan Nier is a quality kid and to come back like he did
was outstanding. We had a lot of respect for Nier coming into the
The match between Nier and Barbera was one of two hotly contested
matches in the lower weights. At 119 pounds, McQuaid's Mark Voci and
Fairport's Mike Kohl met for the third time this season.
After trailing, 2-1, Kohl, needing a last-second move, hit a lateral
drop on Voci with four seconds left and pulled out a 3-2 victory.
"I didn't have much time," said Kohl, whose record is 25-1. "I just went
"We figured it was going to be a war," said his Coach Pete Logan. "Mike
has the heart of a lion. He never gives up and always finds a way to
Among the other highlights ...
Brighton will send two unbeaten wrestlers to Syracuse. Alex Croog, who
finished second at 105 pounds last season, defeated Tim Allen of
Canandaigua, 20-7. Rusty Grant (132) will bring a 37-0 record into the
states after defeating Greece Athena's Ron Sanger, 3-2.
Spencerport's Sirrell Gissendanner at 167 pounds and heavyweight Casey
Lamb of Victor will also be returning to Syracuse. Gissendanner
completed his run through the field by beating Eric Strafel of
Brockport, 9-2, to go 36-2-1. Lamb is one of four Finger Lakes wrestlers
to qualify. The others were Darrell Travers of Waterloo (98), Dave
Dennie of Palmyra-Macedon (177) and Jack Fisher of Newark (250).
Brockport 155-pounder Matt Leach defeated highly-touted Chris Van Gordon
of Plamyra-Macedon, 4-2, to move his record to 31-3.
Hornell sophomore John Gemmel and Kendall's Wade Marriott (138) will be
making their first appearances in the state tournament. Gemmel defeated
sectional champions in three classes, capping it off with a 4-3 victory
over East Rochester's Rodney Frey. Marriott, whose record stands at
36-0, scored a 9-2 decision over Vince Acciaio of Irondequoit.
It's rare that anyone who isn't favored to win a Section 5 title runs
through the field, but Gemmel proved that theory wrong.
Gemmel finished fourth in the Class B tournament last weekend, but upset
three champions to earn a spot in Syracuse.
Gemmel's victory makes the first time in 14 years that a Hornell
wrestler will advance to states. gemmel continued his run by defeating
Class D champion Brian Schaal (Alexander) in the first round on Friday.
Yesterday he started with a with over Chad Costanza of Greece Athena,
6-2. In the semifinals he knocked off Class B champion Jason McLaughlin
of Palmyra-Macedon, 4-2.
In the finals, Gemmel and East Rochester's Rodney Frey were scoreless
before Frey scored the first point on a reversal to take a 2-0 lead.
Gemmel followed with his own reversal to tie the score. After Gemmel
initially let Frey up from the bottom position Gemmel scored the
go-ahead point, a two-point takedown with :21 remaining to seal the
"I never expected John to win after last week," said Hornell Coach Matt
Sheldon. "His confidence went down."
"It was important for him to come this year (to the Super Sectionals) to
get experience for next season."
"I wasn't favored to win so I had nothing to lose," said Gemmel, who
sports a 31-4 record. "I'm amazed. I just wanted to go and do well. I
felt I could beat anyone after beating Brian Schaal (on Friday)."