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2019-01-09 / Sports

BGAH Wrestlers Take Fourth in Oneonta Tournament

W-DA Places Fifth Overall
By Rosie Cunningham


Walton’s Nate Merwin celebrates his win over Elmira’s Blake Brooks at 106 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Walton’s Nate Merwin celebrates his win over Elmira’s Blake Brooks at 106 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter ONEONTA - The Bainbridge- Guilford-Afton-Harpursville (BGAH) varsity wrestling team finished fourth out of 15 teams at the 30th annual Ross Kordell Tournament in Oneonta with a score of 158.0, while Walton- Delaware Academy (W-DA) placed fifth with 138.0.

Some of the notable moments on Friday: BGAH finished the first day with 50 points (fourth place). W-DA finished the day in fifth with 47 points, Oneonta tied for sixth with 45 points and Unadilla Valley-Unatego (UV/U) tallied 17 points (13th place).

BGAH wrestlers Dylan Decker (113), Brody Oleksak (138), Hayden Lewis (152), Shane Hoover (160) and Austin Eggleston (170) all advanced to the semifinals in their respective weight classes.


Walton’s Cody Merwin throws BGAH’s Dylan Decker to the mat during Merwin’s win at 113 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Walton’s Cody Merwin throws BGAH’s Dylan Decker to the mat during Merwin’s win at 113 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Decker, Oleksak, Lewis and Hoover all pinned their quarterfinal opponents, and Eggleston topped Elmira’s Luke Riley by technical fall.

W-DA’s Nate Merwin (106), Cody Merwin (113), Caleb Robinson (120), Chandler Merwin (126) and Nick Lamoreaux (138) all advanced to the semifinals in their respective weight classes. Nate Merwin defeated Cathage’s Dylan Thomas by pinfall in 1:26 in his only match of the day. Cody Merwin also advanced to the semifinals, pinning Chenango Forks’ Dylan Furman in 4:12. Robinson, Chandler Merwin and Nick Lamoreaux also won their quarterfinal matches by pinfall.

Oneonta’s Richie Serafin put his undefeated record on the line in Saturday’s semifinal against Carthage’s Luke Smith. Serafin pinned quarterfinal opponent Ben Conrow, of W-DA, in 1:24.


Walton’s Caleb Robinson wrestles Burnt Hill’s John DeConno during Robinson’s win at 120 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Walton’s Caleb Robinson wrestles Burnt Hill’s John DeConno during Robinson’s win at 120 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Unadilla Valley-Unatego’s Jacob Marshall (285) pinned Susquehanna Valley’s Brian Titus in the quarterfinals.

Overall: Walton-Delaware Academy Coach Mark Lamoreaux - the W-DA placers were: Nate Merwin first at 106 (now 24-3 on the season), Cody Merwin first at 113 (now 26-1 on the season), Caleb Robinson first at 120 (now 26-0 on the season), Chandler Merwin first at 126 (now 24-2 on the season), Nick Lamoreaux fourth at 138 and Ben Conrow sixth at 220. W-DA faced Unadilla Valley/Unatego Tuesday and, “Our team will be at two different tournaments next weekend,” explained Lamoreaux. “Cody, Caleb and Chandler will be representing our team at the prestigious Eastern States Championships in Sullivan County. The tournament takes place Friday and Saturday. This is arguably the toughest high school tournament in the east. It features many state champions and place winners from states including; New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Last year there were 159 teams with wrestlers in the tournament. The majority of our team will compete at the Dan Wickham Classic in Unatego on Saturday.”


Walton’s Chandler Merwin wrestles Elmira’s Luke Riley during Merwin’s win at 126 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Walton’s Chandler Merwin wrestles Elmira’s Luke Riley during Merwin’s win at 126 pounds at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter 99 Champ. Round 1 - Noah Sovocool (W-DA) over Vance Dyke (Saugerties) (For.)


Walton/Delaware Academy’s Ben Conrow pins Saugerties’ Jimmy Bucci in the consolation bracket at 220 pounds on Saturday at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Walton/Delaware Academy’s Ben Conrow pins Saugerties’ Jimmy Bucci in the consolation bracket at 220 pounds on Saturday at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell wrestling invitational. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter 99 Champ. Round 2 - Tyler Ferrara (Chenango Forks-CF) over Noah Sovocool (W-DA) (Fall 1:10)

99 Cons. Quarters - Jack Taylor (Burnt Hills) over Noah Sovocool (W-DA) (Fall 2:05)

106 Quarterfinals - Nate Merwin (W-DA ) over Dylan Thomas (Carthage) (Fall 1:26)

106 Semifinals - Nate Merwin (W-DA) over COLLIN CARLIN (Burnt Hills) (Fall 0:36)

106 1st Place Match - Nate Merwin

(W-DA) over Blake Brooks

(Elmira) (Fall 3:30)

113 Quarterfinals - Cody Merwin (W-DAS) over Dylan Furman (CF) (Fall 4:12)

113 Semifinals - Cody Merwin (W-DA) over Tyler Rossini

(Burnt Hills) (Fall 5:29)

113 1st Place Match - Cody

Merwin (W-DA) over Dylan

Decker (BGAH) (Dec 5-2)

113 Champ. Round 1 - Josh

Meade (UV/U) over Peyton

Tweedie (W-DA) (Fall 3:55)

113 Cons. Round 1 - Robert

Drost (Saugerties) over Peyton

Tweedie (W-DA) (MD 10-0)

120 Quarterfinals - Caleb Robinson (W-DA) over Rylan LaForest (Waverly) (Fall 2:49)

120 Semifinals - Caleb Robinson (W-DA) over Nicholas Loehr (Carthage) (Fall 4:46)

120 1st Place Match - Caleb Robinson (W-DA) over John De Conno (Burnt Hills) (Fall 5:38)

126 Quarterfinals - Chandler Merwin (W-DA) over Gage Belnap (Saugerties) (Fall 3:42)

126 Semifinals - Chandler Merwin (W-DA) over Colby Sindoni (Waverly) (TF 15-0 3:42)

126 1st Place Match - Chandler Merwin (W-DA) over Lucas Riley (Elmira) (Dec 7-1)

132 Quarterfinals - Sammy Lindberg (Burnt Hills) over Tracer Howland (W-DA) (Fall 1:11)

132 Cons. Round 2 - Richard Champion (Chenango Valley- CV) over Tracer Howland (W-DA) (Dec 1-0)

138 Quarterfinals - Nick Lamoreaux (W-DA) over Jacobus Hockx (Saugerties) (Fall 2:32)

138 Semifinals - Greg Hotaling (Cobleskill-Richmondville) over Nick Lamoreaux (W-DA) (Fall 2:55)

138 Cons. Semis - Nick Lamoreaux (W-DA) over Ardell Wellman (Oneonta) (Dec 6-2)

138 3rd Place Match - Johnny Matrazzo (Burnt Hills) over Nick Lamoreaux ( W-DA) (Fall 2:54)

145 Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Burch (Oneonta) over Will Pettit (W-DA) (Fall 2:27)

145 Cons. Round 1 - Will Pettit (W-DA) over Jerome Stanton (UV/U) (Fall 1:47)

145 Cons. Round 2 - Coleston Volpe (CV) over Will Pettit (WDA)

(Fall 4:29)

152 Champ. Round 1 - Austin Kimble (Wavery) over Skyler Pesout (W-DA) (Fall 1:41)

152 Cons. Round 2 - Alec Strife (Carthage) over Skyler Pesout (WDA) (Fall 3:04)

170 Champ. Round 1 - Jeremiah Allen (CF) over Scotty Barnhart (W-DA) (Fall 5:53)

170 Cons. Round 1 - Scotty Barnhart (W-DA) over Andrew Kimble (Waverly) (Fall 0:26)

170 Cons. Round 2 - Ethan Eldred (Sherburne-Earlville) over Scotty Barnhart (W-DA) (Fall 1:39)

182 Champ. Round 1 - Fombo Azah (Carthage) over Kaiden Vernold (W-DA) (Dec 12-5)

182 Cons. Round 1 - Bradley Needels (CF) over Kaiden Vernold (W-DA) (Dec 3-2)

220 Quarterfinals - Richie Serafin (Oneonta) over Ben Conrow (W-DA) (Fall 1:24)

220 Cons. Round 2 - Ben Conrow (W-DA) over Trent Skeens (Waverly) (Fall 1:40)

220 Cons. Quarters - Ben Conrow (W-DA) over James Bucci (Saugerties) (Fall 4:10)

220 Cons. Semis - Jeff Crooks (Cobleskill-Richmondville) over Ben Conrow (W-DA) (Fall 1:13)

220 5th Place Match - John Robyck (Elmira) over Ben Conrow (W-DA) (Dec 6-1).

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