Indian River
General Brown
Sandy Creek





96 LeBlanc (Morrisville-Eaton) pin Marriott (Mohawk) 4:39
103 LeVea (Fulton) dec Farnham (Baldwinsville) 3-1
112 Jewett (Indian River) dec Garrett (South Jefferson) 4-0
119 Malone (Lowville) dec Ely (Fulton) 10-3
125 Barnes (Marcellus) dec Case (Central Square) 8-5
130 Herzig (Lowville) dec Zehr (Beaver River) 5-1
135 LaPlante (Beaver River) dec Thompson (Rome Free Academy) 7-6
140 Horning (Baldwinsville) dec Hildenbrandt (Adirondack) 1-0
145 Boice (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) dec Bond (General Brown) 7-4
152 Call (General Brown) dec Lang (Baldwinsville) 4-3
160 Lane (Sandy Creek) dec Drake (Fulton) 15-3
171 Wells (Liverpool) dec Ryan (Indian River) 5-2
189 Bennett (Marcellus) dec Caley (Phoenix) 5-4 ot
215 Doran (East Syracuse-Minoa) dec See (Cicero-North Syracuse) 7-1
275 Cowen (Mexico) dec Nobis (Camden) 5-0


96 Scheid (Canastota) dec Wise (Fulton) ot crit
103 Nicholas (Cortland) dec Frank (Frankfort-Schuyler) 3-1
112 Bennett (Fulton) dec Boice (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 9-0
119 Buckley (Indian River) dec Esposito (Marcellus) 6-1
125 LeBlanc (Morrisville-Eaton) pin Davis (Mohawk) :42
130 Brotherton (Carthage) dec Zimmerman (Sandy Creek) 4-2
135 Montalvo (Copenhagen) dec Malloy (Indian River) 8-2
140 Doshna (Marcellus) dec Buckley (Chittenango) ot crit
145 Keib (Fulton) dec McDonald (Copenhagen) 8-2
152 Murray (Tully) TF Cornue (Canastota)
160 Knapp (Whitesboro) dec Tracy (Cortland) 10-6
171 VanBuren (Fulton) dec Hedgecock (Camden) 1-0
189 Harvard (Auburn) dec LaFramboise (Cato-Meridian) 9-4
215 Smith (Cato-Meridian) pin Strife (Holland Patent) 2:42
275 Pollock (Fulton) FFT Calkins (Baldwinsville)



Fulton wins Section Three championship
The Red Raiders score 130.5 points, and Josh Levea wins the 103-pound crown.

By Neil Kerr

Despite producing just one individual champion in 103-pound sophomore Josh Levea, powerful Fulton scored 130.5 points to run away with first place at the Section Three wrestling finals Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial. Levea, one of three Red Raider finalists, was an upset 3-1 winner over Baldwinsville junior Corey Farnham in a defensive battle in the title match. Farnham had won the 96-pound title a year ago.

Another pair of Fulton finalists - 119-pound Chris Ely and 160-pound Nate Drake - both suffered one-sided defeats in the finals. The top-seeded Ely, last year's 112-pound champion who finished a 36-3 season Saturday night, was manhandled 10-3 by highly regarded Lowville freshman Taylor Malone. So impressive was Malone that he was voted "Most Outstanding Wrestler" of the finals. Malone, 42-3 this season, has 114 career wins with three varsity seasons left.

Fulton's Drake, a junior, bowed to top-seeded senior Bill Lance of Sandy Creek 15-3 at 160 pounds. Lance improved to 35-3, 107-21 for his career.

"Overall, I'm real happy with the season we've had," said Fulton coach Mike Conners, whose Red Raiders (17-2) also won the Section Three dual meet title and finished No. 5 state-ranked as a team. "I just can't celebrate too much right now because it hurts to see kids like Ely and Drake get this far and lose."

All 15 Section Three champions will return to the War Memorial next weekend to compete in the 39th annual state meet.

Of the six defending sectional champions at the War Memorial, B'ville's Farnham and Fulton's Ely were the only two who failed to repeat. The other four - 112-pound Joe Jewett of Indian River, 125-pound Matt Barnes of Marcellus, 140-pound Chris Horning of Baldwinsville and 189-pound Pat Bennett of Marcellus - all won.

Jewett and Barnes both won triple crowns, gaining a sectional title for the third straight year. Jewett posted a 4-0 shutout of South Jefferson's Bill Garrett in the finals. Barnes, who earned his 100th career win, outscored Central Square's Andy Case 8-5.

Horning, the state 130-pound runner-up in 2000, decisioned Anthony Hildenbrandt of Adirondack 1-0 at 140. A second-period escape produced the only point of the match for the unbeaten Horning (38-0, 120-15 for his career).

"Both were just being extremely cautious," Horning said. "I beat him 7-2 earlier this year in a tournament, but we both played defense the whole match tonight."

Horning is among the last three undefeated wrestlers in Section Three, along with Jewett (35-0, 136-14) and Bennett (38-0, 105-21).

Bennett almost failed to defend his 189-pound title because Phoenix junior Jeremy Caley battled the No. 1-seeded Marcellus senior to a 4-4 standoff in regulation. Bennett then won the right to start in the down position as overtime started. When the taller Bennett quickly escaped Caley's grasp, the match ended with Bennett the 5-4 victor.

Led by Levea, Horning, Barnes and Bennett, wrestlers from the revitalized Onondaga League made a strong showing, earning seven individual titles in the 15 weight classes. That corps of champions includes the first champion from Liverpool since 1988 in 171-pound senior Jason Wells, and the first sectional champ from East Syracuse-Minoa since 1987 in 215-pound Chris Doran.

In the night's final match, Mexico produced the 275-pound champion for the third straight year when sophomore Chris Cowen posted a 5-0 shutout of Camden senior Chris Nobis.