The Cougars upend No. 1-ranked Midlakes and No. 4 Pal-Mac to capture the team title in the first revival in 25 years of the Wayne-Fingler Lakes League Wrestling Tournament.
The North Rose-Wolcott wrestling team won the last four Wayne County League championships, but on Saturday night for the first time in 25 years, Wayne County and the Finger Lakes League combined for one league championship.
The Cougars won the title with 260.5 points. Midlakes placed second with 244 points while Palmyra-Macedon was third with 232.5, followed by Wayne (162.5), East Rochester (161), Sodus (148), South Seneca (138), Newark (129), Geneva DeSales (91), Penn Yan (89), Williamson (84), Waterloo (62), Mynderse (56), Marcus Whitman (55), Dundee (46), Lyons (42), Red Creek (33), Marion (26), Red jacket (22), and Geneva (0).
The Cougars, who were ranked No. 20 Small Schools, crowned one champion out of three finalists.
Midlakes, which entered the tournament as the No. 1 ranked team in Small Schools, had four wrestlers earn titles out of six finalists.
Pal-Mac was ranked No. 4 in Small Schools, and crowned three of five grapplers in the championship round.
Cougar senior Brian Galuski won the 145 pound weight class with a 6-3 win over Steve Azzano of Wayne.
“It’s amazing,” Galuski said of the team championship. “We did not think we’d get it. We knew it would be tough. Last year there were like six, eight schools, so with 19 school s we knew it was going to be tough.
“Yesterday (Friday) we were in first by three points. It was close, then they came back today and got them in the consies.”
Galuski repeated as a league champion with his title this year.
“The last four years we’ve been league champs,” Galuski said. “The seniors we have are amazing. They’re really good. We just train hard and we do really well.”
The key for the Cougars was extra points in the consolation finals, plus they have 12 seniors on the team.
“Bonus points, a lot of thirds and fifths in that last round really sealed it for us,” said NR-W assistant coach Jerry Decausemaker. “A lot of hard work down there are third, fifth, and sixth. A good team effort.
“We never met Midlakes nor Pal-Mac during the year. Who knows what would have happened. They are two great teams and we’re glad to beat them today.”
The Cougars placed in 12 of the 15 weight classes for head coach James Prentice.
The sectionals are this coming weekend for the various classes.
“It means we’re going to have some real credentials now and people are going to believe in our system, from our modified right up through our high school program,” said Decausemaker.
Sean Peacock (113) of Midlakes, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the light weight classes while Matt Wyckoff (170) of South Seneca was named the MOW for the heavy weight classes.
Wayne-Finger Lakes results:
99 - Bryan Lantry (Wayne) pin in 2:23 over Jason Charlette (Midlakes)
106 - Jake Yankloski (Wayne) pin in 5:15 over Zach Shove (NRW)
113 - Sean Peacock (Midlakes) pin in 1:18 over Alec Ludolph (PM)
120 - Jeff O'Lena (ER) dec. 7-5 over Ralph Mateo (Midlakes)
126 - Dynan Rifenburg (PM) major dec. 8-0 over Jake Nicholson (Waterloo)
132 - Taylor Jones (PM) dec. 4-0 over Nick Rider (ER)
138 - Collin Fox (Midlakes) pin in 0:40 over Shawn Conner (RC)
145 - Brian Galuski (NRW) dec. 6-3 over Matt Azzano (Wayne)
152 - Conner Fox (Midlakes) dec. 7-0 over Matt Gigliotti (NRW)
160 - Frank Affronti (Wayne) dec. 6-2 over Hayden Wagner (SS)
170 - Matt Wyckoff (SS) major dec. 11-0 over Cody Bourgeois (PM)
182 - Brandon Morgan (SS) pin in 1:49 over Joe Gorsuch (Newark)
195 - Tyler Smith (Midlakes) dec. John Martisch (PY)
220 - Andy Paro (PM) major dec. 10-2 over Meriton Dervisholli (ER)
285 - Jake Jackson (Sodus) dec. 3-1 Reid Castner (PY)