For the eighth straight year, a Section 4 wrestling team will not win the Union-Endicott Duals.
Both U-E and Johnson City went 0-2 on Saturday at U-E High School, failing to advance out of round-robin competition into Sunday’s semifinals.
Section 5’s Hilton, Section 9’s Monroe-Woodbury, Section 2’s Shenendehowa, and Section 11’s Rocky Point all won their respective divisions to advance to the semifinals, which will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday with the championship match at 3. Hilton and Shenendehowa will square off in one semifinal, while Monroe-Woodbury will meet Rocky Point in the other.
U-E lost its opener to Spencerport, 54-18, before losing its final Group A match to Shenendehowa, 46-30.
Against Spencerport, U-E trailed 18-9 after five matches before a critical loss at 126 pounds, where Nate Wetzelberg led 13-5 early in the third period before getting caught in a headlock by Spencerport’s Jeremy Glazer and getting pinned at 5:03. That put U-E behind 24-9. Two matches later at 138, U-E’s Xavian Hughes led Tahj Eddy 3-0 in the second period before getting pinned at 3:43, putting the Tigers in a 30-15 hole.
“The first match was definitely frustrating,” U-E coach Josh Ruff said. “I feel there were definitely five matches where we were as good as their kid, if not better, and we got pinned in all five matches. It kind of snowballed and got out of control, we definitely didn’t wrestle our best.
“The second match (against Shenendehowa) we wrestled a lot better. I was pleased with the second dual.”
JC — the last Section 4 team to win the U-E Duals when it captured the 2006 title — lost in dramatic fashion to Brockport, 36-34, in its first Group C match before a decisive 54-19 loss to Monroe-Woodbury.
Against Brockport, the Wildcats nearly rallied from a 33-7 deficit, getting four straight pins to get within 33-31 with two matches left at 225 and 285.
At 225, JC’s Josh Dember lost in overtime, 2-1, to Cameron Calderelli, putting JC down 36-31 and forcing Niko Cejic to pin Ryan Mattison in the 285 bout for JC to pull out the victory.
He nearly pulled it off, putting Mattison on his back with a headlock for the last minute of the second period, only coming inches — if not centimeters — short as time expired. Cejic didn’t get another chance in the third period, settling for a 6-1 victory that wasn’t quite enough for JC.
“Our older guys wrestled tough,” JC coach Jordan Glenn said. “We gave up a close one at 220 and then just missed the pin.”
Hilton, competing at the U-E Duals for the first time, won Group A with victories over MacArthur (44-30) and Clarence (45-22).
Shenendehowa won Group B with a 2-0 record, earning the semifinal spot with a 42-36 victory over Spencerport. Rocky Point went 3-0 to win Group D, defeating Minisink Valley, 41-28, in the last match of the night to secure the semifinal berth.