ONEONTA - There were 28 top finishes this weekend at the 31st Rotary-Ross Cordell Wrestling Tournament at Oneonta High School on Jan. 3 and 4.
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville came in second overall with a score of 206.50. The squad was only bested by Burnt Hills, who took the top spot with 208.50.
As for other area schools, Walton/Delaware Academy came in seventh - 97.50 and Unadilla Valley/Unatego placed ninth - 95.00. There were 17 teams total.
BGAH had three top wrestlers in Darren Florance who competed in the 99 pound weight class. Teammates Brody Oleksak who weighs in at 145 pounds and Austin Eggleston who competes in the 195 pound weight class also finished first.
According to the book, Oleksak pinned Oneonta’s Ardell Wellman in a time of 1:04 and in the title match, he pinned Karter Rude of Athens in a time of 3:50.
According to Coach Brandon MacNaught, Oleksak took home the sportsmanship award.
Oleksak’s teammate Eggleston, pinned Mitch Enright of Susquehanna Valley’s in 48 seconds. In the finals, he did the same to Oneonta’s Dalton Wells (1:37). Both Eggleston and Oleksak each had three pins in the tournament.
BGAH wrestler Joey Florance placed second in the tournament and Timmy James took third (285 pounds). Teammates Jacob Terpstra (120), Brady Buttice (152), James Craig (170) and Rocco Arduini (220) each placed fourth in their weight classes, respectively.
For W/DA: Cody Merwin placed first at 126 pounds. Merwin reached the finals with a 11-5 decision - he then beat Chenango Forks Cooper Rice for the top spot. Scott Barnhardt took second (220 pounds). He earned a spot in the finals with a 5-2 decision before falling in the finals. Dustin Copeland placed third, and 152 pound Nick Lamoreaux and teammate Kaiden Vernold (160) placed fifth.
For Unadilla Valley/Unatego: Wyatt Meade (99) placed second; Jarett Thayer placed third; Travis Knapp placed fourth; Josh Meade (126) placed fifth; and Sammy Coled at 182 pounds and Matt Bogdan (132) finished in sixth-place.