BROCKPORT?— A pair of Alfred-Almond Eagles took flight Saturday.
Next stop?
Both Connor Calkins and Dan Woughter claimed championships in their respective weight classes at Section?V’s “Super?Sectional” state qualifier on the campus of SUNY?Brockport, punching their tickets to the state tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany Feb. 28 and March 1.
“It’s exciting,” said Alfred-Almond head coach Greg Cook.?“It’s the first time in our school history that we’ve had two in the same year. They’ve both worked hard this year, and that work paid off today.”
Calkins (285 pounds) took home Most Outstanding Wrestler honors in the upper weight classes for the second straight week. Coming off his fourth consecutive Section V, Class B title, Calkins was just as dominant at Supers?Saturday.
All four of the senior’s wins came by pinfall, and none of them took longer than 67 seconds. That bout came in the finals, where Calkins downed No. 2 seed Jordan Hamilton (Waterloo).
“Right now Connor is wrestling at a different level,”?Cook said. “Right now he’s wrestling at a national level. The MOW?is outstanding. It just goes to show that hard work does pay off.”
Woughter’s day was a little more difficult, but the senior prevailed for the 152 pound title with a 6-4 decision over Warsaw’s Josh Griffith in the finals. Woughter took over the No. 1 seed from injured Max Lloyd (Pal-Mac). He opened with a 10-5 decision and added pins in 3:54 and 5:36 on his way to the finals.
“Dan had some scary moments in this tournament, but Dan’s a grinder,” Cook said. “Dan has a different style than most kids are used to. He wills his way. The No. 1 seed, that’s never easy to hold in this tournament. No. 1 seeds can fall just as easy. He pulled through in a big way today.”
Canisteo-Greenwood’s Nick Hosmer kept himself alive for a Wild Card berth in the state tournament with his third-place finish at 152 pounds. After dropping a tight 1-0 decision in the semifinals to Griffith, Hosmer posted a pair of 4-1 wins over Thomas Follman (Lyndonville) and Kevin Avery (Holley) to claim third.
The 145 pound bracket featured a trio of local finishers in the top-six. Fillmore’s Ryan Marriott finished as the runner-up, falling to Corey Farrell (Warsaw) in a close 2-0 decision. Marriott had defeated Wellsville’s Justin Foth in the semifinals, 5-0. Foth went on to capture a 2-0 win over Canisteo-Greenwood’s Nate Hosmer in the fifth and sixth-place match.
At 170 pounds, Wellsville’s Eric Foth fell to No. 1 seed Burke Paddock (Warsaw) in the semifinals via technical fall. Foth rallied to lead the Lions with a fourth-place finish. Elsewhere at 170, Alfred-Almond’s Colin Johnson, an eight seed, wrestled to a fifth-place finish with an 8-2 win over Sean Johnson (Geneva) in his final match.
Hornell’s Jake Kramer (132) and Carson Doorley (152) each went 2-2 over the course of the weekend. Kramer’s two losses were both by just two points, 8-6 and 4-2.
“They both came down to the last second,” said Hornell head coach Scott Johnson. “He just couldn’t catch a break right there at the end. They stopped two pinning combinations on him in his first loss because of potentially dangerous. That’s an official’s call. Two points is pretty darn close. At that level there’s no easy match.”
Kramer is Hornell’s lone senior.
“Jake’s success was purely earned with his work ethic,” Johnson said. “He didn’t have a ton of natural talent, everything he got he worked for and he earned. He went to a ton of camps and did everything we asked of him. He just wanted to be successful in the sport and had 112 career victories.
“Unfortunately when you’ve got guys like Sean Peacock and that caliber of wrestler in that weight class, we knew it was going to be tough going in with some of the other guys in there. Two matches, two points apiece brought his season to a close.”
Addison’s Trey DuVall (182) and Ward Hively (195) were both No. 1 seeds, and both Knights took home titles with decisions in the finals. Avoca’s Ben Knoll, the No. 1 seed at 160, was upset in a 2-1 decision by No. 8 Ryan Coveny (Warsaw) before finishing fifth.
Campbell-Savona’s Joel Rosko, the No. 2 seed at 126 pounds, cruised into the finals with a pair of pins and an 11-2 major decision in the semifinals. Rosko was stopped by No. 1 seed Rtafael Mateo III, who picked up the win with a 9-3 decision. John Topf (132) added a fifth-place finish for the Panthers after entering as the No. 6 seed.
Austin Prince was sixth for Keshequa at 138. Bath’s Wyatt Hall was sixth at 285.
Calkins and Woughter will be making their second straight trip to Albany. The duo earned Wild Card bids last year after finishing third and second, respectively, at Supers. Calkins was fifth at states, while Woughter was one win away from a podium.
“To come back this year, winning titles and just grinding, doing whatever they needed to do to improve, to go back to Albany is exciting and well-deserved,” Cook said. “Our coaching staff has helped us all year long. They do a great job working with the kids and doing whatever they need to do to make our program strong at all levels. We’re excited for next week.”
99 Dane Heberlein (Alexander) by dec. over Joe Sliwoski (Wayne) 6-0; 3. Dylan Walker (Warsaw); 4. Drew Schafer (Northstar); 5. Jeffrey Gress Jr. (Lyndonville); 6. Gunnar O’Lena (Newark 106 Luke Yankloski (Wayne) by DSQ over Hunter O’Lena (E. Rochester); 3. Hammond Raes (Midlakes); 4. Matt Brothers (Geneseo); 5. Chris Toomey (Pal-Mac); 6. Connor Wilkins (Livonia) 113 Anthony Recco (Lyndonville) by maj. dec. over Adam West (Pal-Mac) 8-0; 3. John Lauricella (LeRoy); 4. Blake Antal (S. Seneca); 5. Ryan Macdonell (Midlakes); 6. Jason Ellsoworth (Attica) 120 Bryan Lantry (Wayne) by pin over Nick Gaiser (Alexander) 2:44; 3. Emerson Block (Pal-Mac); 4. Adam Wagner (S. Seneca); 5. Mike Galton (Warsaw); 6. Daylon Swearingen (Pavilion) 126 Rafael Mateo III (Midlakes) by dec. over Joel Rosko (Campbell-Savona) 9-3; 3. Stephen Strauchen (Attica); 4. Sean Biery (Newark); 5. Alan White (Byron-Bergen); 6. Noah Grover (Warsaw) 132 Sean Peacock (Midlakes) by pin over Christian Hollister (Perry) 1:18; 3. Jeremy Boyle (Batavia); 4. Robert Lukaszonas (Geneseo); 5. John Topf (C-S); 6. Dylan Harmon (Newark) 138 Derian Woodard (Midlakes) by dec. over Kaydon Newton (E. Rochester) 11-8; 3. Colin Royce (Warsaw); 4. Martin Beadle (Holley); 5. Blake Jackson (Newark); 6. Austin Prince (Keshequa) 145 Corey Farrell (Warsaw) by dec. over Ryan Marriott (Fillmore) 2-0; 3. Devon Joy (Lyndonville); 4. Devan Marsteiner (Sodus); 5. Justin Foth (Wellsville); 6. Nate Hosmer (Canisteo-Greenwood) 152 Dan Woughter (Alfred-Almond) by dec. over Josh Griffith (Warsaw); 3. Nick Hosmer (C-G); 4. Kevin Avery (Holley); 5. Trevor Rittersback (Batavia); 6. Thomas Follman (Lyndonville) 160 Ryan Coveny (Warsaw) by dec. over Danny Khomitch (B-B); 3. Josh Figueroa (Newark); 4. Matt Azzano (Wayne); 5. Ben Knoll (Avoca); 6. Robert Middlebrook (Midlakes) 170 Burke Paddock (Warsaw) by pin over Dakota White (NR-W) 3:53; 3. James Lukaszonas (Geneseo); 4. Eric Foth (Wellsville); 5. Colin Johnson (A-A); 6. Sean Johnson (Geneva) 182 Trey DuVall (Addison) by maj. dec. over Derek Sisson (Penn Yan) 10-2; 3. Phil Wilshire (Attica); 4. Aaron Paddock (Warsaw); 5. Jake Smith (HFL); 6. Connor Halsted (Livonia) 195 Ward Hively (Addison) by dec. over Andrew Ogrodowski (Red Jacket) 2-1; 3. Jeryd Graham (Midlakes); 4. Todd Brockhuizen (P-M); 5. Dylan Royce (Warsaw); 6. Darnell Parker (Geneva) 220 Christian Shepherd (Geneva) by maj. dec. over Dan Welch (Avon) 10-2; 3. Nestor Naranjo (Midlakes); 4. Aaron Mann (Warsaw); 5. Tom Garlock (Batavia); 6. Nick Cole (NRW) 285 Connor Calkins (A-A) by pin over Jordan Hamilton (Waterloo) 1:07; 3. Kelsey Patton (Alexander); 4. Joe Amico (Batavia); 5. Riley Andrews (Pavilion); 6. Wyatt Hall (Bath)