Maine-Endwell rallied from an early 9-0 deficit to defeat Ithaca, 30-27, in Southern Tier Athletic Conference wrestling Tuesday evening at Maine-Endwell.
Not only did the Little Red lose the STAC dual, it lost its best wrestler, all-state senior Richie Burke, to a knee injury in the 145-pound match. Burke, who last week recorded his 200th career victory in a home match with Binghamton, could be sidelined for two weeks, Coach Eric Parker said.
Ithaca’s Owen Wanck won the opening bout of the match, at 113 pounds, with a 1-0 decision over Tyler Castaldo, and the Little Red won the next match by forfeit to take a 9-0 lead. The Spartans cut the deficit to three with Austin Sullivan’s pin at 132, but Ithaca pushed its lead back to nine, 27-18, after wins at 170 by Justin Milner (forfeit) and Cole Newlin at 182 (overtime decision).
But Ithaca was forced to forfeit at 220 and 285 pounds, giving M-E the final 12 points of the match and a three-point victory.
The Little Red is scheduled to host Oxford at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Ithaca 68, Corning 55: On Tuesday at Ithaca’s Bliss Gym, Steven Stage scored a game-high 20 points and made two of the Little Red’s six 3-pointers as Ithaca used a 26-9 second quarter to defeat the Hawks in a STAC contest.
Sammy Meminger added 10 points for the winners, who led by 21 points heading into the fourth quarter. Danny Madden and Jalen Nuckles had 13 points apiece for Corning.
Ithaca (7-2, 5-2 STAC) travels to Union-Endicott on Friday. The Tigers defeated the Little Red in the season opener, 71-62, on Dec. 12 at Bliss Gym.
Newfield 72, Candor 38: On Tuesday at Newfield, Brian Barrett scored 20 points as the undefeated Trojans, ranked 10th in the state in Class C, pulled away from winless Candor in the second half to record their 10th win of the season.
Devon Cooper added 15 points and Dekhari Stewart 10 for the Trojans (7-0 IAC), who outscored the Indians 25-7 in the third quarter and 45-19 in the second half. Kyle Jensen and Wyatt Whitmore had 11 points apiece for Candor (0-10, 0-6).
Whitney Point 63, Trumansburg 55: On Tuesday at Trumansburg, senior forward Gabe Shrauger scored 17 points and fellow senior Zach Marsh totaled 11 of his 14 in the second half to guide the Golden Eagles (11-0, 5-0 Interscholastic Athletic Conference), ranked 16th in Class B.
Austin Grunder scored a game-high 23 points lead Trumansburg (8-3, 5-2), an honorable mention in the Class C state rankings.
Dryden 69, Lansing 40: On Tuesday at Lansing, 6-6 junior Ali Abel-Ferretti had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Purple Lions (6-4, 5-2) past the Bobcats (4-5, 2-5).
Stu Stahlman added 13 points and nine boards for the winners, who led 18-9 after one quarter and 33-19 at halftime. Tuesday’s game was the first this season that Dryden has led after one quarter, according to Coach Kim Brown.
Junior guard Zach Detrick led the Bobcats with 12 points, while 6-3 senior Logan Osterman and 6-5 sophomore Karsten Zuideman added eight points apiece.
Spencer-Van Etten 58, Odessa-Montour 36: At S-VE, Zach Tyson scored 22 points for the Panthers, who led 56-26 after three quarters.
Odessa-Montour got nine points from Zach Phytila.
Elmira Notre Dame 56, Newark Valley 43: At Southport, Darius Garvin scored 20 points to pace the Crusaders (7-2, 5-2), who rallied from a two-point deficit after one quarter.
Chad Wright paced the Cardinals with 17 points.
Lansing 40, Dryden 31: At Dryden, Shea McCartney scored 13 points and twin sister Maura added seven to lead the Bobcats past the host Purple Lions.
Lansing trailed 15-12 at halftime before coming on in the second half. Erin Daley had nine points and Vicky Leyburn eighth for Dryden.
Newfield 50, Candor 32: At Newfield, Sierra Henry led all scorers with 23 points as the Trojans raced to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and cruised past the Indians.
Mikayla Short scored nine points for Candor, which trailed 33-11 at halftime.
Whitney Point 55, Trumansburg 39: At Whitney Point, the host Golden Eagles outscored T-burg in the first quarter, 20-2, and were never headed in scoring the IAC victory. Jessica Cafferty led the winners with 18 points, while Anna Shelley had 12 for the Blue Raiders.
Odessa-Montour 42, Spencer-Van Etten 39 (OT): At Odessa, Gillian Clark drained seven 3-pointers en-route to a 22-point night for the Indians (6-3) in IAC play.
Ithaca 104, Vestal 68: On Tuesday at Vestal, the Little Red won every event but diving in posting the STAC victory.
Francis Schickel won the 200-yard and 50-yard freestyles and led off Ithaca’s winning 200 freestyle relay. Andrew Mikhailichenko won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and also swam on the 200 free relay.
Lansing 72, Odessa-Montour 22: On Tuesday at Odessa-Montour, Joe Koch set a pool record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 47.46 seconds, and also won the 100 breaststroke to lead the Bobcats past the Indians.
John Koch also won twice (200 IM, 100 butterfly), and he and his brother both swam on the winning 200 medley relay. Lansing swimmers won 10 of 11 events, with O-M’s Billy Teague taking the 500 free.