The Vestal Wrestling team won the 2015 Mike Watson Invitional with 227 points, ahead of host Watkins Glen with 216 points and defending champion Elmira with 184.5.
Senior captain Robert Mastronardi clinched the Golden Bears’ fourth title in five years when he won a 4-2 decision over Watkins Glen’s Nick Cocola at 152 pounds. Dan Brunette was Vestal’s other champion, pinning Bryant Sexton of Spencer-Van Etten in 27 seconds at 106 pounds. Vestal, which has a team of nine starting freshman and sophomores added five other runners-up.
Watkins Glen junior Brandon Gould remained unbeaten this season with a 9-1 major decision over Vestal’s Zach Reyes in the 126-pound finals.
“I was in control for most of the match,” Gould said. “It was a good opponent. I just try to go as hard as I can for as long as I can every match and it paid off.”
The title was Gould’s third at his home tournament. He was voted by the coaches as Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 99- to 145-pound divisions.
“You get a little more pumped for this one, your hometown,” he said. “Everybody’s here, all your family and friends. Everybody’s supporting you and cheering.”
Elmira freshman Ben Howe pinned Vestal’s Zayne Benedict 27 seconds into the second period at 99 pounds to win his second tournament title of the season.
“I kind of just went with what he was going with,” Howe said. “I capitalized on his mistake and I took him to his back and pinned him. … I’m very happy and proud of how I did. Working hard in the room has been a key thing.”
Other local winners were Maine-Endwell’s Kobe Garrehy at 138 pounds and Nate Grubham of Whitney Point at 145 pounds.
EASTERN STATES CLASSIC: Norwich wrestlers Tristan Rifanburg and Frank Garcia each were runners up. Rifanburg was runner-up at 152 pounds and Garcia came in second at 160 pounds.
CENTRAL SQUARE DUALS: Chenango Valley’s Steve Aylward and Caleb Wiggins were each undefeated (5-0) after helping the Warriors to a third place finish. Jacob Lehr, Reed Grunder and Nick Pert also finished at 4-1 for Chenango Valley, which is 10-5 this season.
Chenango Valley 33, Oneonta 25: At CV, Maggie Gross led all scorers with 19 points, propelling the Warriors to a STAC victory. Gross tallied 13 of her points in the first half and grabbed nine rebounds for Chenango Valley (4-4).
Chenango Valley 56, Oneonta 55: At Chenango Valley, Mark Mullins hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to play to lift the Warriors in STAC. Trailing 55-54, Mullins was fouled as he drove to the basket, where he hit the winning shots.
Jake Hertzog led Chenango Valley (6-3) with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Mullins followed with 17 points. Caleb Hertzog scored nine of the Warrior’s 20 points in the second quarter. Albert Odero scored a game-high 23 points for Oneonta, with 14 coming in the second half. Skylar Thompson, George Foti and Dan Njoku combined for eight 3-pointers in the second half.