TOWN OF CHENANGO
Kyle Kelly was unable to help Chenango Forks to a surprising upset Saturday morning at the Section 4 Dual Meet Tournament, but he still managed a remarkable milestone.
Kelly won his 100th consecutive varsity match, defeating Union-Endicott’s Mikey Carr by technical fall, 18-3, in a 113-pound bout. Chenango Forks, the seventh seed, lost the match 41-38 to second-seeded Union-Endicott.
The victory improved Kelly to 25-0 on the season. He went 38-0 in 2010-11 en route to the Division I state title at 96 pounds, then 37-0 last season in winning the Division I state title at 99.
Kelly’s last high school loss came in the third-place match of the Division I 96 weight class in the 2010 state tournament, when he was pinned by Long Beach’s Mark Raghunandan.
“It got nerve-wracking approaching it,” said Kelly, widely regarded as the top 113-pounder in New York. “Once the match was over and I got it, it was a relief.
“It’s cool to win 100 matches in a row, not too many people have done that.”
Kelly earned his 99th consecutive victory Friday night in Forks’ 45-27 first-round victory against Watkins Glen, pinning John Brown in 3:07 of a 120 match.
Against Carr, Kelly seized control in the second period with a reversal and three-point near fall to take a 7-0 lead. The Forks senior took some satisfaction in getting the victory against a quality wrestler like Carr, a Section 4 Division I 106 runner-up a year ago and highly-regarded 113-pounder.
“Mikey’s a great wrestler, I like having the challenge,” Kelly said. “We both wrestled great, I just happened to get out on top.”