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  • Craig and Owen Scott carry Pal-Mac to second straight state crown

  • Palmyra-Macedon captured its second straight New York State Wrestling title after the three Red Raiders state representatives battled their way through the best-of-the best from across the state during the NYSPHSAA’s Championship Wrestling Tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany last weekend.

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  • Palmyra-Macedon captured its second straight New York State Wrestling title after the three Red Raiders state representatives battled their way through the best-of-the best from across the state during the NYSPHSAA’s Championship Wrestling Tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany last weekend.
    Twin brothers Owen and Craig Scott both won consecutive individual state titles while teammate Ben Mowry claimed a fourth-place finish to propel Pal-Mac to the Division II title.
    For Raiders head coach Bill Hadsell, the idea of being state champions was almost overwhelming.
    “I’ve got to take a breath here,î he said shortly after the announcement. ìI can not believe we are the team champions. I mean, we came here with the three guys. And when we first started, as far as the team championship goes, I thought in my dreams, you know whatówe’ve got an outside shot if we get three guys in the finals. But, I really didn’t think we did.”
    “It’s really nice to get (the title). Benny (Mowry) and the Scotts. As Mr. Scott said, ‘Benny certainly had a whole heck-of-a lot to do with us earning it because he had three pins, which was huge for us. That in itself gave us the leadóis the difference. We had a great weekend, the kids had a great weekend. I was relieved when the Scotts won because I felt like I would’ve been letting somebody down if they both didn’t win. That’s the way I felt, so it’s good we got them both in there."
    The reality of winning the title hadn’t completely sunk in yet but Hadsell believes someone up above must have been looking down and watching out for him.
    “My mother, which is a tough oneóshe passed away in the end of September (2010). She went to everything (wrestling matches) until she was about 84. She was up there, looking down on us. She always said ‘you’re never out of anything’ and she was right up there with us I tell you. I felt it.”
    Top-seeded Owen Scott captured the title in the 160-pound weight class after winning a 3-1 decision over Warsaw’s Burke Paddock in the championship final Saturday night.
    After both wrestlers went scoreless through the first two periods, Owen elected to start the final period from the down position and scored on an escape to lead 1-0.
    Both wrestlers then battled for an advantage but it was Owen that scored a takedown late in the period to extend his lead. With the clock ticking down to 3 seconds, Owen cut Paddock loose for an escape to end the period and take the title.  
    “I definitely didn’t wrestle my best first period — I didn’t go after him,î Scott said. "I wasn’t nearly as offensive as I wanted to be, but I got the job done. I wrestled well on the mat, it was just on my feet that I didn’t wrestle as well as I could have. But it definitely feels good to be a two-time state champ."
    Page 2 of 4 - These two had met previously in the Section V State Qualifier Tournament two weekends ago where Owen scored a 5-1 decision over Paddock to take that title.
    Owen scored two technical falls and a major decision on the way to his title. In the preliminary round, he advanced with a 17-1 technical fall in 4:21 over Beekmantown’s (Sec. 7) Ethan Kerr. Owen then recorded his second win, defeating Nanuet’s (1) Rich Berkery by an 18-1 technical fall in 5:20 in the quarterfinals. In the semi-final round, Owen won a 9-1 major decision against Copenhagen’s (3) Phillip Clarke to reach the finals.
    In the 171-pound division championship finals, top-seeded Craig Scott earned his second consecutive state title in a classic matchup of #1 vs # 2, winning a 3-0 decision over Pioneer’s (6) Tony Lock. After a scoreless first period, Craig put Lock in nearfall criteria in the second to take a 2-0 lead heading into the final period.
    Craig chose the down position to start the period and scored an escape to extend his lead. The two then battled back-and forth, trying to get a takedown, but time expired and Craig earned a 3-0 decision to win the title crown.
    Craig defeated Beekmantown’s Nick Bushey by an 11-1 major decision in the preliminaries to advance to the quarterfinals, where he won a 16-0 technical fall at 5:29 over Olean’s (3) Marcus Dwaileebe. In the semi-final bout, Craig scored a takedown in the first and a reversal in the third period to open a 4-1 lead over Phoenix’s (3) Austyn Hayes. Craig advance to the finals after Hayes injury defaulted late in the period.
    “I beat him 13-5 last time when I caught him on his back. I thought I wrestled fairly well this match,îCraig said. “I had a pretty bad knee injury in the semis and I was feeling the pain. I was happy to get the win. I couldn’t hold him down my first match. I did a good job of holding him down (this match) and I turned him (to his back). I’m real happy to end my career like this and I’m looking forward to wrestling for Cornell.”
    Mowry entered the tournament as the number one seed in the 130-pound division and scored a pin fall victory in 1:13 over Lewiston-Porter’s (6) Dan Reagan in the preliminary round. He then recorded his second pin fall victory, pinning Chenango Valley’s (4) Adam Greene at 5:32 in the quarterfinal bout. Mowry advanced to the semi-final round where he faced Peru’s (7) Patrick Hogan in a tough, close contest. After a scoreless first period, Hogan gained a 2-0 lead on a reversal in the second. The third period was a flury of scrambles as Mowry battled for an escape or reversal from the down position. Finally, with 7 ticks left on the clock, he got the escape and shot a takedown but time ran out and Hogan came away with an upset, 2-1 win that sent Mowry to the consolation-semifinals.
    Page 3 of 4 - In that bout, Mowry once again faced Reagan, this time defeating him by pin fall in 36 seconds. Advancing to the consi-finals, Mowry squared-off against the loser of another upset, second-seeded Anthony Finocchiaro from Canastota (3). In a hard-fought match, Finocchiaro opened a 7-0 lead through the first two periods. Mowry finished in fourth place after falling to Finocchiaro by pin fall in the third in a time of 3:40.
    Four other area wrestlers, Newark’s Ian Ross, Sodus’ Mike Pryce, Midlakes’ Sean Peacock and Waterloo’s Tyler Deuel, were all top six place-finishers in the tournament.
    Newark’s Ian Ross came up just short in his bid for a state title in the 119-pound division championship finals against Phoenix’s (Sec. 3) Nick Tighe. After a 0-0 first period, Tighe managed an escape at the start of the second, then scored a takedown on Ross to lead, 3-0. Ross battled back and scored on an escape late in the period to cut the Tighe’s lead to two. Ross then scored on another escape after starting the final period in the down position to trail, 3-2. Through several scrambles, Ross fought to gain a takedown and the lead but Tighe blocked him and held on to take the win, giving Ross a runner-up finish in his final appearance in the state tournament.
    In the preliminaries, Ross decisioned Norwich’s (4) Frank Garcia, 3-1, before winning an upset victory over the top-seed, Hudson Falls’ (2) Noah Valastro by a 3-2 decision. Advancing to the semi-finals, Ross trailed Lansing’s (4) Corey Dake 1-0 late in the third period. As time wound down, Ross hit a takedown with 1 second left on the clock to take a 2-1 win and advance to the championship finals.
    Sodus’ Mike Pryce finished in sixth place in the 285-pound division for the Spartans.
    Pryce earned a pin fall win in 28 seconds over Carle Place’s (8) Ricardo Salinas in the prelimary round before losing a close, 3-2 decision to the No.2 seed, Hudson Fall’s (2)
    Luke Albrecht in the quarterfinals. Dropping to the consolation round, Pryce wrestled back and defeated Eagle Academy’s (P) Faheem Simpson by pin fall in 24 seconds. In the consi-quarterfinals, Pryce edged out Beekmantown’s (7) Hayden Head in a 4-3 decision but then he lost a tough, 7-3 decision to Southwestern’s (6) Pat Langworthy in the consi-semifinals. Wrestling for fifth and sixth place, Pryce came up short in a  4-2 decision against Granville’s (2) Eric Hastings to finish in sixth place.
    Midlakes’ Sean Peacock earned a third place finish in the 96-pound division after pinning Tonawanda’s (6) Cody McGregor in 47 seconds. Peacock posted an 8-0 major decision over Southampton’s (11) Nick Czelatka in the prelims before falling to Chittenango’s (3) Cody Carbury in a narrow, 5-4 decision. In the wrestleback round, Peacock scored a 7-0 decision over Holley’s (5) Andrew Flanagan and followed that up with another 7-0 decision over Hoosick Falls’ (2) Luis Weierbach in the consi-quarterfinals. Peacock then pinned Warsaw’s (5) Colin Royce at 2:20 in the consi-semifinals to advance for third and fourth place.
    Page 4 of 4 - Waterloo’s Tyler Deuel captured a third place finish in the 215-pound division, winning by a pin fall in 3:22 over Greene’s (4) Kyle Stanton. Outside of one match, Deuel pinned his way through the tournament. In the preliminary bout, he defeated Onondaga’s (3) Matt Tiss by fall in 3:47 to advance and faced top-seeded Nick Gwiazdowski of Duanesburg (2) in the quarterfinal round. Gwiazdowski won that contest by a fall in 2:33, sending Deuel into the consolations. Deuel pinned Lewiston-Porter’s (6) Bashar Srouji at 2:06 in that round before winning another pin fall in 2:34 over Northern Adirondack’s (7) Mike Riley in the consi-quarterfinal round. Deuel’s final pin fall win came in the consi-semifinals, where he defeated Fredonia’s (6) Greg Burroughs in a time of 1:33 to advance for third and fourth place.
    Section 5 led Divison II with 266.5 points while Section 6 finished second with 221.5 followed by Section 3 with 213.0 points. The top five teams in Division II were: Pal-Mac (70.5 points), Phoenix (65.0), Peru (64.5), Warsaw (57.5) and Lansing (55.0).