Fulton wrestlers captured five of the weight-class championships as the Red Raiders edged out a win in the 13-team Waterloo Invitational over the weekend.
Phoenix also won five weight-class titles, losing a sixth, en route to a 3rd place finish.
Fulton’s 213.5 points edged Rochester-area school Brighton, in second place with 188 points. Phoenix finished with 176 points. Phoenix wrestler Nick Tighe was named one of two Most Outstanding Wrestlers for the tourney.
The Raiders led by just six points going into the finals and consolation finals. The team needed all five finalists and three consolation finalists to pull off wins to secure the team victory. They did. Fulton heavyweight Brennan Roberge also made the consolation final, but had to forfeit his match because he had wrestled his limit of 5 matches in a day.
Fulton 152 pounder David Hall recorded pins in his first three matches, one coming in just 13 seconds, according to data at CNYWrestling.com. 189 pounder Zach Race, among the state’s best at his weight, began with a major decision but then recorded lightning-fast pins in the next two rounds — 32 and 38 seconds — to advance to the final, which he won with a 4-3 decision. Mitchell Woodworth, Adam Wallace, Johan Ambach and Thomas Hill also took their championship matches. Derek Harris and Greg Jodway scored consolation finals wins.
Hall’s three pins earned him Wrestler of the Week honors for the team. Adam Wallace’s win in the finals was a milestone for him — his 100th win.
Fulton’s league dual meet season begins Wednesday at home against Chittenango.
Phoenix takes third
The Firebirds also posted a very strong tournament. Tighe, Laken Cook, Rowdy Prior, Tyler Button and Austyn Hayes took home top weight-class honors. Nate Bray fell in the finals to Fulton’s Hill.
Renington Lynch won in the consolation finals, while teammate Zach Vaverchak fell in overtime.
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