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The Dansville Online
  • Addison's Hively, DuVall net top-3 finishes at states

  • While champions in 15 weight classes were crowned in two different divisions, the Division II champ at 195 pounds was stripped of his first-place finish, which directly impacted Addison's Ward Hively and his standing in the tournament.
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  • ALBANY — When the New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling championships came to a close Saturday night at the Times Union Arena, there remained confusion as to the official finishing order in at least one of the weight classes.
    While champions in 15 weight classes were crowned in two different divisions, the Division II champ at 195 pounds was stripped of his first-place finish, which directly impacted Addison’s Ward Hively and his standing in the tournament.
    Hively won his third-place match at 195 pounds after scoring a 7-3 decision against Frewsburg’s Trevor Spicer. Similarly, Hively’s teammate – Addison’s Trey DuVall – also notched a third-place finish at 182 pounds. DuVall edged Schalmont’s Nick Gallo with a 4-3 decision in the Division II third-place match at 182 pounds.
    So when the tournament concluded, Hively and DuVall each had tied the all-time best finish from an Addison wrestler at states with their respective third-place showings.
    Afterwards, though, Hively inherited a second-place showing since the overall champion at 195 – Eagle Academy’s Nathaniel Rose of the New York City-based Public School Athletic League – was not eligible to medal in the state competition.
    Addison head coach Frank Bielski was told that wrestlers from the PSAL are not eligible for podium finishes at states. Yet, the NYSPHSAA’s official website listed Rose as the Division II champion at 195 pounds, followed by Vernon Ver Sherrill’s Lane Frost in second place and Hively third as of Sunday evening. Rose defeated Frost with a 9-4 decision in the finals.
    “I can’t prove that Ward Hively took second place in any way, shape or form, except for the medal he has in his hand,” Bielski said. “The (state) sent out an email that Ward took third place and on the same email sent four hours later that he took second place, but was never in the finals – how do you explain that to somebody.”
    What also remains in question is why Rose was at the tournament in the first place if his finish would not count.
    “It made no sense to me,” Bielski said as to why PSAL wrestlers are at states, but there results don’t count. “The Section V coordinator said to me, basically it’s an asterisk. Technically, (Hively’s) being recognized as finishing second place. If this PSAL kid disappeared on the web site, I would have no problem with the second place, but if that kid is there all the time, it’s going to look like I’m making it up.”
    Regardless of where Hively’s place will be listed in the future, Bielski was thrilled with the performance of his two senior wrestlers.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I’m extremely proud of my boys – they’ve worked hard, they’ve been dedicated and did everything they needed to,” Bielski said. “But I don’t want to take anything away from either of them.”
    Hively and Bielski each went the route of wrestlebacks – stringing together four consecutive wins on Saturday – to earn top-three finishes.
    Competing at 106 pounds in Division I, Corning senior Blake Abbey began wrestlebacks by pinning Kellenberg Memorial’s Jason Javier in 2:40. Abbey was ousted from state competition in the following round, dropping a 7-4 decision to North Tonawanda’s Troy Keller.
    “I have enjoyed watching Blake grow as a wrestler and a person,” Corning head coach Cam Daudelin said. “He has shown great dedication and effort in wrestling, which helped him achieve his goals.”
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