Tim Birney and Tim Taylor here at the Times-Union Center in Albany for the New York State Division II wrestling championships. We'll provide updates as often as possible, as well as an observation here and there. (Pardon any typos.)
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS - SECTION IV ENTRIES
285 - Trentyn Rupert, Newark Valley vs. Dylan Houseknecht, O-M / Watkins Glen: It's an all Section IV final at heavyweight.
This is their fourth meeting of the season. Rupert won by fall at the IAC Championships and at their state qualifer, but Houseknecht won by fall in the Section IV finals to deny Rupert his fourth Sectional title.
The big guys are on their feet for the first minute. Houseknecht is warned for stalling with 52 seconds remaining in the first two minutes. First period ends at 0-0.
Houseknecht selects bottom to start second period. Rupert runs Houseknecht OB.
With 1:19 left in the second period, Houseknecht scores a reversal for a 2-0 lead. Houseknecht banged for stalling while riding top, it's 2-1 with 29 seconds left.
Rupert scores an escape at the buzzr. NV coach Daly arguing for a reversal, but to no avail. It's 2-2 heading to third period.
Rupert chooses neutral to start third period. The big guys are doing the heavyweight dance. Going to OT at 2-2.
Rupert goes for double-leg, Houseknecht yanks him down, and spins around behind for takedown at buzzer. Houseknecht wins 285-pound title, 4-2.
152 - Mikey Squires, Norwich vs. Zach Lawrence, Duanesburg
Slow start, but Lawrence picks up a penalty point in second period when Squires flees the mat.
Lawrence extends lead to 3-0 with third period takedown.
Squires picks up two stalling points. Controversy ensues when Lawrence continues to stall and it's not called. Ref adds 15 seconds back on clock, but refuses to call stalling as time winds down.
Lawrence wins, 3-2.
138 - John Worthing, Tioga vs. Zach Braddell, Tonawanda
Braddell with the takedown 16 seconds in, Worthing with an escape 23 seconds later - Braddell up 2-1.
Worthing chooses bottom in second period, escapes with 1:45 left to tie score at 2-2.
Braddell picks bottom in third, Worthing runs arm bar, but can't score as they go out of bounds.
Worthing warned for stalling with 53 seconds left.
Worthing turns Braddell for two with 12 seconds left to go up, 4-2, and hangs on for the win.
Observation (Tim Taylor): This marks the second time Tioga has had two state champions in the same year (1999 - Brent Rider and Dave Fredenburg). This is the first time in school history two brothers have won titles. The Tigers now have six state champs (Derak Heyman won two titles)
132 - Brady Worthing, Tioga vs. Victor Perlleshi, Pleasantville
Very little action, first period ends 0-0.
Worthing escapes with 1:43 remaining in second period.
Perelleshi in deep on legs, Worthing refuses to give up points.
On to third period, Worthing tilts for 3-0 lead. Perlleshi escapes with 1:07 left to make it 3-1.
Worthing counters Perlleshi takedown attempt to score a match-clinching takedown.
Worthing's 5-1 win makes him Tioga's first state champ since Derak Heyman in 2010. It also clinches the team championship for the Tigers.
126 - Chandler Merwin, Walton / Delhi vs. Brad Cheek, Canisteo-Greenwood
Merwin with double ankle control on the edge of the mat scores a late takedown on their feet before they go out of bounds.
Merwin escapes at 1:27 to go in second, up 3-0.
Merwin takes Cheek down to his back for four more with six seconds left in the second period to build a 7-0 cushion.
Merwin lets Cheek escape to begin third period. Merwin called for stalling, score now 7-2.
Merwin wins, 7-2.
106 - Dante Geislinger, Norwich vs. Caleb Svingala, Maple Hill
First period ends, 0-0.
Geislinger scores quick escape, scores a single leg takedown with 1:05 left in second period for a 3-0 lead.
Geislinger rides Svingala for full third period to win, 3-0, and repeat as state champion.
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS -- SECTION IV has seven wrestlers competing for state titles.
106 - Dante Geislinger, Norwich
126 - Chandler Merwin, Walton / Delhi
132 - Brady Worthing, Tioga
138 - John Worthing, Tioga
152 - Mikey Squires, Norwich
285 - Trentyn Rupert, Newark Valley
285 - Dylan Houseknecht, OM / WG
PLACE-WINNERS -- SECTION IV has seven place-winners.
145 - Austin Lamb, Tioga
285 - Stephen Taylor, Tioga
113 - Kyle Willard, Groton
138 - Brody Oleksak, BGAH
160 - Shane Hoover, BGAH
120 - Caleb Robinson, Walton / Delhi
182 - Mitchell Knapp, Susquehanna Valley
SEMIFINALS -- SECTION IV has 12 wrestlers in the semifinals -- and five alive in wrestlebacks.
(12:40 P.M.) We will fill in the holes in a little bit.
Right now, Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert scored a third-period fall over Tioga's Stephen Taylor in the 285-pound semifinals.
Rupert scored a first-period takedown, and upped his lead to 3-0 in the second period after Taylor was whistled for stalling.
Early in the third period, Rupert, who started the period on top, turned Taylor to his back for the pin.
O-M / Watkins Glen's Dylan Houseknecht, the second seed, scored a second-period escape to take a 1-0 lead. After Hoosick Falls' Craig Sawyer, the third seed, chose neutral to start the third period, Houseknecht scored a takedown with 34 seconds remaining to secure a 3-0 win, and an all-IAC date in the finals with Rupert.
(11:40 a.m.) -- We will return shortly.
(11:37) At 152, Norwich's Mikey Squires puts Mt. Sinai's Matt Campo to his back early for a 4-0 lead.
Squires has adds an escape and wins 5-0.
In the wrestlebacks, Sus Valley's Mitchell Knapp (182) is injured and is being removed on a back board. Fingers crossed for his health.
(11:12) At 145 pounds, Tioga's Austin Lamb takes on Central Valley's Hunter Shaut and the first period ends at 0-0.
Shaut goes down in second and gets an escape for a 1-0 edge.
Lamb chooses bottom in third period and it only takes him six seconds to escape and tie the match.
On to overtime. The one-minute OT ends with the two wrestlers entangled but no points given.
Shaut chooses bottom, hits a Granby roll for a reversal eight seconds into the second OT period. Lamb goes down, gets an escape with two seconds left and Shaut stalls out for a 3-2 tie-breaker triumph.
(11:02) John Worthing is facing Brody Oleksak of BGAH at 138 pounds and gets the early takedown for a 2-0 advantage. Worthign locks up the cradle, but can't get the points.
Worthing scores an escape with 1:05 left in second period to go up, 3-0.
Oleksak chooses bottom for third period.
Worthing locks up a nearside cradle and rides out period for a 3-0 victory - joining his little brother in tonight's championship finals.
(10:45 a.m.) At 132 pounds, Tioga's Brady Worthing (38-4) faces returning state champ Trent Svingala (44-0) of Maple Hill.
Svingala scores an early takedown, but Worthing gets an escape, 2-1 after one.
Worthing starts second period off with an escape to tie the score.
The third period begins tied, 2-2. Svingala chooses bottom and escapes just 14 seconds in for a 3-2 lead.
Svingala warned for stalling, then with just 17 seconds left, Worthing takes Svingala to his back for a 5-point move and a 7-3 upset.
The win avenges a 3-2 loss in last year's finals.
(10:40 a.m.) In the 120-pound semifinals, Walton-Delhi senior Caleb Robinson (46-2), the second seed at 120 pounds, takes on third-seed Matt Garland (37-4) of Sandy Creek.
Garland scores a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead, but Robinson escapes quickly to cut deficit to 2-1, which is where it ends after the first period.
Robinson selects bottom to start second. He escapes with 1:20 remaining to tie bout at 2-2. Second period ends at 2-2.
Robinson on top to start third period. Blood time early in the period.
Robinson continues on ride, but Garland keeps getting to his feet. He escapes with 1:12 left for 2-1 led. Robinson gets takedown but it's OB with 40 seconds remaining.
Garland holds on for 3-2 win.
Also in the semifinals, at 126, Walton-Delhi's Chandler Merwin (41-5), the top seed and a returning state finalist, is on the mat against fourth-seed Marek Bush (49-7), a defending state champ. Bush bet Merwin in the state finals at 113 last year.
The duo is scoreless after the first period.
Merwin selects bottom to start second period, and escapes in 10 seconds for a 1-0 lead, which is where it stands after two periods.
Bush on bottom to start third period. A Granby roll for the escape, Bush ties it at 1-1 wih 1:30 remaining.
First overtime complete -- still 1-1.
Merwin rides out Bush in first 30-second OT. Merwin on bottom, and Bush completes ride.
On to ultimate ride-out, Merwin chooses top. Stalling on Merwin, but he hangs on to win the ultimate tie-breaker, 2-1.
(10:25 a.m.) In 113-pound consolation bracket, Walton-Delhi's Cody Merwin (40-4) takes on Saranac's Landon Smith (16-6) in the "blood round." The winner is guaranteed a state medal.
Smith leads 5-0 at the end of the second period.
Merwin chooses neutral to start third period. Smith scores a quick takedown for a 7-0 lead. Smith riding top, but is warned for stalling with 17 seconds remaining.
Merwin scores escape with 11 seconds remaining, but can't manage any late offense. Smith wins 7-1.
(10:19 a.m.) In 113-pound semifinals, Groton junior (38-5) is unseeded and taking on two-time state champ Anthony Noto (37-1) of Honeoye Falls-Lima. Note scores the quick takedown, turns Williard to his back, and scores the fall at 28 seconds.
(10:07 a.m.) Geislinger (38-3) on the mat against fifth-seed Avery Leonard (46-4) of Cooperstown.
Geislinger scores a takedown about 30 seconds into the first period. Working with tight waist and controlling the wrist, Geislinger gets a two-point tilt for a 4-0 lead with 24 seconds left. He rides out the period and leads 4-0.
Leonard chooses top to start second period. Geislinger escaps 28 seconds into the second period, then gets in deep on a leg near the edge off the circle, and secures the takedown before going OB. He leads 7-0 midway through second period. Geislinger gets two more near-fall points at buzzer for a 9-0 lead.
Geislinger chooses bottom to start third, and works for reversal midway through the period for an 11-0. He works in a half-nelson and works to reverse half -- gets pin at 5:41.
(10 a.m.) First up is Norwich sophomore Dante Geislinger, a defending state champion, at 106 pounds. He should be on the mat by 10:10 a.m.
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