Their respective teams didn’t challenge for championships, but as far as individuals go, Ithaca’s Richie Burke and Groton’s Darren Ostrander were voted the best of the best at the Section 4 Wrestling Championships.
Burke won his fifth Section 4 Division I championship with a 14-3 major decision over Johnson City’s Corey McCormick in the 138-pound final, and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the large-school tournament. Ostrander, also wrestling at 138, defeated Maine-Endwell’s Kobe Garrehy, 4-2, to give Groton its first Section 4 wrestling champion since 1979. Ostrander was named the MOW for the Division II tournament.
Burke and Ostrander were two of the four champions from the Ithaca area at the two-day event, held at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Others winning titles were:
• Ithaca’s Julian Korfine, the No. 2 seed in Div. I at 145, who knocked off top seed Zack Bendick of Union-Endicott, 4-3, in the final;
• Lansing’s Jimmy Overhiser, the top seed in Div. II at 120, who pinned Odessa-Montour’s Joe Rorick in 3 minutes, 54 seconds, in the final to win his third sectional championship.
At 113 pounds in Div. I, freshman Darren Rich of Ithaca, the top seed, lost a heartbreaker to Elmira’s Noah Carpenter, 4-2 in double-overtime. Carpenter tied the match with a reversal with 28 seconds left in regulation, then got the winning points with another reversal in the second OT period.
In the Division I team race, Newark Valley had three wrestlers win titles, the last of those coming in dramatic fashion courtesy of David Crow, to edge Vestal by one point for the Division I crown. NV finished with 209 points to Vestal’s 208.
Crow’s pin of Elmira’s Matt Burge with 28 seconds left in the Division I 182-pound final provided the team title for the Cardinals, who also got title-winning efforts from Benny Baker (99 pounds) and Vinnie Darpino (160), the title for Baker his second straight.
Ithaca placed ninth out of 10 teams with 741/2 points.
In Div. II, Norwich easily defended its title, the Purple Tornado finishing with 1591/2 points to Unatego’s 1261/2. Leading the way for the champions was the duo of Tristan Rifanburg (145) and Frank Garcia (152), who will both look to defend their state championships in two weeks at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship in Albany.
Rifanburg cruised past Whitney Point’s Nate Grubham, 12-2, and became the second wrestler to win six Section 4 titles (Eric Decker, Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton, 2001-06).
Groton placed 21st in the 30-team Div. II tournament. Lansing, led by Overhiser, placed 17th; other area schools included Spencer-Van Etten (19th), Moravia (24th), O-M (26th), Southern Cayuga (27th) and Dryden (28th).
All 30 individual sectional champions earned automatic berths into the state tournament, slated for Feb. 27-28 in Albany.
Section 4 class meet: On Saturday at Cornell, the Dryden boys’ team edged Trumansburg, 107-101, to take the Division 2 championship. The Purple Lions topped a field of 15 teams that included Union Springs (6th), Lansing (7th), Newfield (8th) and Moravia (12th).
Dryden coach Lee Stuttle said his boys’ team “had an almost perfect day, which we needed to beat a very talented T-burg team.” Lion athletes recorded 10 personal bests and got individual wins from Liam Joyce (55 meters); the 800-meter relay team of Corey Seymour, Duran Joyce, Gavin Marsh and Liam Joyce; and Logan Fisher (shot put). Duran Joyce placed second in the 55 meters in a photo-finish, crossing the line .01 seconds after his brother.
Other local winners included Jacob Cozzarin of Trumansburg (55-meter hurdles); Evan DeGraw of Union Springs (300), Trumansburg’s 3,200 and 1,600 relays; Daniel Harden of Marathon (long jump, triple jump); and Max Jordan of Lansing (pole vault). Jordan cleared 14-6, one inch off the school record he set at the His & Hers Meet on Feb. 6 at Ithaca College.
In the Div. 2 girls meet, Elmira Notre Dame scored 124 points to easily defeat runner-up Dryden (83) in the 15-team meet. Abbey Yatsko led the Purple Lions with victories in the 300 (41.06) and 600 (1:39.04), setting school records in both. She also anchored the Lions’ winning 800 relay, which included Brianna Schlicht, Shaina Sullivan and Mackenzie Todd, who won the triple jump.
Trumansburg’s 1,600 relay (Julia Tantillo, Kara VanValen, Olivia Colon, Claire Melvin) won by nearly 11 seconds, and Lansing scored a top-three sweep of the pole vault, with Hayley Wigsten, Miya Kuramoto and Emily Gallagher all clearing 10 feet.
Section 4 Championships: On Saturday at Owego, Ithaca (Class A) and Lansing (Class C) were runaway winners in their respective eight-team class meets. The Little Red won by 39 points over Horseheads; the Bobcats won by 67.5 over Chenango Forks.
Both Kevin Miller (200- and 500-yard freestyles) and Francis Schickel (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) won two individual titles and swan on the winning 200 and 400 free relays for Ithaca. Andrew Mikhailichenko took the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and swam on the winning 200 free relay.
For Lansing, the Koch brothers — John, Joe and Mikey — helped account for four individual and two relay victories. All three swam on both the 200 medley and 400 free relays; Joe won the 200 and 500 freestyles, and John took the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.
The state championships will be held March 6-7 at Ithaca College.
Section 4 class tournaments: On Friday at Midway Lanes in Vestal, Lansing’s Brandon Mikula rolled a 738 series to lead the Bobcats to the Class C team championship. The Bobcats posted a five-person total of 2,984 to top runner-up Newark Valley by 181 pins. Also leading the winners was Cole Quigley, who fired a 627; Rob Marshall had a 692 for the Cardinals.
Other team champions included Union-Endicott (A), Norwich (B) and Elmira Notre Dame (D). Norwich’s Corey Huggins had the series of the day, firing a 300 in his first game en route to an 810.
Dryden 66, Newark Valley 38: On Saturday at Dryden, Stuart Stahlman had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Ali Abel-Ferretti added 18 and 12 for the Purple Lions (11-6). Trevor Gardner dished out seven assists for Dryden, which travels to Union-Endicott for a non-leaguer on Tuesday night.
Groton 59, S-VE 49: At Groton, Paul Brecht poured in 22 of his 29 points after halftime for the host Indians (5-12), and teammate Nate Ossit collected 14 rebounds. The Panthers fell to 7-11.
Trumansburg 68, Elmira Notre Dame 56: At Trumansburg, 6-3 sophomore Austin Grunder scored 39 points, one off his career high set earlier this season, and added 20 rebounds to lead the Blue Raiders (11-6).
Darius Garvin led Elmira Notre Dame (13-4) with 29 points.
New Hartford 3, Ithaca 2, OT: On Saturday at New Hartford Rec Center, Peter Rayhill scored at 2:41 of overtime to lift the Spartans (16-2-2), ranked eighth in the state in Div. II.
Gavin Wentzel and Mitchell Doney scored the goals for Ithaca (8-12), which got 29 saves from goalie Griffin Varricchio.
Ithaca will scrimmage McQuaid Jesuit next Sunday in Canandaigua, then prepare for its state Division I quarterfinal game at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at The Rink in Lansing, against an opponent to be determined.