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NYSPHSAA State Championships
Varsity Wrestling Tournament
@ Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse,
Friday & Saturday, March 1-2, 1996
Way-Co, Geneva wrestlers win titles
Page, Payne score dramatic victories
By TANEY BEAUMONT
Democrat and Chronicle,
March 3, 1996
Full Text: Copyright
1996 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Company Inc.
SYRACUSE ― Tim Page and Bill Payne won 40 wrestling matches this season, but the
state titles they won last night were the most stirring and rewarding.
Page, a Wayland-Cohocton eighth-grader, scored a sudden death victory over Phil
Mansueto of Section IX's Middletown in the 98-pound class at the Onondaga County
War Memorial yesterday.
Payne, Geneva's 155-pounder ranked tops in the state, scored a climactic
takedown to defeat Chris Roggie of Beaver River of Section III.
The third Section V wrestler to reach the finals ― Hornell's Otto House ― lost
his 105-pound match by a pin to Brandon Lehman of Ithaca (Section IV).
Page held nothing in reserve, saying "I gave it all I had. I was going to do
anything I could do to win."
After a scoreless first period, Page scored a reversal 32 seconds into the
second period. Mansueto scored a reversal with 27 seconds left, but Page escaped
with 15 seconds left to lead 3-2 entering the third period. With Page on top,
Mansueto almost escaped twice, then tied the match with 22 seconds left when
Page was called for stalling.
After a scoreless two-minute overtime, Page began the 30-second sudden death
overtime in the bottom position. His reversal with 14 seconds left won the
"I'd seen a little more of (Mansueto's) earlier matches and knew he was good on
top," said Page (40-0). "I just got hand control and did a switch."
Payne (40-1) trailed 6-4 entering the final period but escaped and scored a
takedown for a 7-6 lead with 33 seconds left. Roggie escaped with five seconds
left to tie the match, but Payne struck for a takedown with two seconds left.
"When Roggie got the escape, I don't know where that came from," said Payne's
coach, Bill Hadsell. "I thought it was overtime. Guts got him that takedown."
House (36-5) held a 13-9 lead entering the third period before Lehman surged. He
scored a takedown 19 seconds into the period, then pinned House seven seconds
Coach Matt Sheldon said he spent the first two periods telling House "to slow
down and stay calm."
But when Lehman took down House, he "slowed down so much that he hesitated too
long on the bottom and let the kid lock him up in a cradle."
The most successful Monroe County wrestler was 126-pounder Jason DeBruin of
Spencerport, who finished sixth after losing a 6-5 decision to Dylan Urban of
Union-Endicott (Section IV) in the consolation finals.
DeBruin lost his opening match to Urban, who was the state champion at 119
pounds last year, 15-4. After a first-round bye in wrestlebacks, he won three
matches: 6-1 over Edgar Rodriguez (Fulton-III), 4-3 over Ryan Cook (Messena-X)
and by pin in 1:26 over Greg Schneider (Suffern-I) to earn the rematch with
Two Section V wrestlers reached the semifinals before losing, dropping their
wrestleback matches and wrestling for fifth place.
Steve Lacagnina of Penfield beat Jason Peryea of North Adirondack-VII in a
rematch 3-1 to finish fifth at 112. Lacagnina beat Peryea 3-1 in overtime in his
opening match at 112 and then pinned Eric Siegel of Clarkstown North-1 in 5:12.
After a semifinal loss by 9-7 to Paul Paquin of Cornwall-IX, Lacagnina (37-5)
lost 3-0 in wrestleback semifinals to Jody Avery of Morrisville-Eaton-III.
Mark Schermerhorn (40-4) of Hilton beat Jamie Gilmore of North Adirondack, 7-2,
for fifth at 177. Schmerhorn beat Walt Henry of Pine Bush-IX 5-2 after a first
round bye, then lost to Julian Cover of Freeport-VIII in the semis. He then
suffered a 5-0 loss to Joe Downey of Norwich-IV in wrestlebacks.
91: Kory Holland beat former Falconer teammate Ryan Fralick 6-2 in the opening
round before losing 12-3 to Greg Parker of Shenendowa-II in wrestlebacks.
Holland pinned Carlos Rodriguez of Newtown-PSAL in 2:06 and lost to Mike McCann
of Mepham-VIII 8-6 in overtime to finish 36-3.
119: Coddie Bissell of Bolivar-Richburg opened with a bye before losing to Brad
Rowe of Ripley-VI 12-0 in wrestlebacks. Bissell pinned Brad Nichols of North
Adirondack-VII in 3:21 and lost to Jim Powderly of Newburgh-IX, 9-6. He ended up
the season at 39-7.
145: Pavilion's Jeremy Flint (23-4) took third after beting Eric Roggie of
Beaver River-III 6-3. Following a first-round bye, Flint pinned Rob Relinger of
West Islip-XI in 5:04 before losing to Ian Kaplan of Southside-VIII 5-4 in the
semis. He then outscored John French of South Glens Falls-II 6-2 in the
215: Perry's Jake Swyers (40-1) won 3-1 over Dale Griffith of Canastota-III for
third place. Swyers beat Griffith 6-3 in his opening match, then pinned David
Warner of John Jay-I in 5:49 before dropping a 5-2 decision to Morton Greenwood
of Freeport-VIII in the semis. Swyers beat Joe Bushey of Peru-VII 11-0 to reach
the consolation finals.
132: Hornell's Matt Drake lost to Ryan Bernholz of Mt. Sinai-XI 8-0 in the first
round and after a bye in the opening round of wrestlebacks lost to Greg Bently
of Ripley-VI 5-2.
138: Spencerport's Adam Ventress opened with a 7-2 win over John Ashline of
Peru-VII before losing to Stan Greene of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill-III 11-4 in
wrestlebacks. Ventress (37-6) topped Ron Lorenz of Lancaster-VI 6-1 before
falling to Cartney Curnuck of MacArthur-VII 13-11.
167: Geneva's Anthony Boultron (34-7) defeated Emmanuel Jean-Pierre of Mr.
Vernon-I 8-3 but lost to Jason Kenul of Patchogue-Medford-XI 6-3. In
wrestlebacks Boultron was pinned by Mike French of Queensbury-II in 2:20.
250: McQuaid's Jason DiCesare (33-3) lost to Thomas Marrero of Wyandach-XI 4-2
in overtime after a first-round bye and pinned Lou Addazio of Chaminade-CHSAA in
1:36 in the first round of wrestlebacks. He completed a 33-3 season after a 10-3
loss to Brad Tanton of Vestal-IV.