OHS Sports Roundup: OHS Swimmers Splash Past FM

OSWEGO, NY – OHS varsity swimmers rallied for a crucial victory while the indoor track team performed well and the wrestling team showed improvement and the frosh boys basketball team won two.

Swimmers Relay Clinches It

Summoning great efforts from every swimmer and diver, the Oswego High School varsity boys’ swim team outscored Fayetteville-Manlius 92-88 on Thursday at the OHS pool.

Coach Rick Klein said, “Going into the meet we were the underdogs. I told everyone on the team that they had been practicing very hard and should perform very well. If we had a shot at winning the meet, each of them would have to swim their best. The meet came down to the final event. Whoever won the 400 Free Relay would win the meet. We ended up swimming very well and won the event and won.”

The meet was close throughout, and was tied 60-60 entering the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the best race of the day, Oswego’s foursome of Drake Becksted, Zach Gerber, Zach Handley and Reeve Callen edged the Hornets’ foursome by a fraction of a second.

Oswego’s time was 1:37.08, and F-M’s time was 1:37.91.

That gave the Bucs the lead.

The teams were knotted once again after the backstroke, and F-M inched out to a two-point lead coming into the last event, the 400 free relay.

In that event, the Bucs’ quartet of Becksted, Josh Saternow, Luke Familo and Callen triumphed in 3:40.67, clinching the victory.

Becksted also placed first in two individual events for the Bucs. He won the 50 free in 22.03 and the 100-yard butterfly in 52.93.

Callen won the 200 free (1:55.67) and the 500 free (5:15.05).

Oswego’s Brian Semione won the diving event with 163.15 points.

Oswego On The Run Indoors

The Oswego varsity boys’ indoor track team competed Monday at Manley Field House, opening the second half of the season.

“The boys all ran their best times as they were competitive for the first time this season,” Coach Erwin Dewey said.

Oswego’s sprint medley relay team of Eli Tyler (54.3 in the 400 meters), Cory Keefe (24.5 for 200 meters), Dustin Searor (25.4 for 200 meters), and Cody Sivils (2:23.1 for 800 meters) had its best time of the season.

Keefe, a freshman, continues to improve. He also ran well in the 200 meters (25.0).

Rob Zeigler also ran well in the 200 meters, Dewey said.

The Bucs’ 4 x 800-meter relay team of Pete Khamis, Sivils, Tyler, and Aaron Baxter all ran their best times of the season in this race and finished third in their section.

Dewey praised sophomores Khamis, Sivils, and Baxter for running well in their races.

Oswego Matmen Improving

The Oswego High School wrestling team is showing improvement as the Bucs lost to Fayetteville-Manlius 42-30.

Coach Kurt D’Angelo noted, “We wrestled pretty well and won eight of the 12 matches wrestled.”

Action started at 189 where Shane Bartrum pinned Miguel Garcia in 1:12 for a quick 6-0 lead.

However, the Bucs then lost the next four matches as three were forfeits and 112-pounder Brian Pulver lost via a pin in 5:53 to Tim Byrnes.

At 130 Oswego’s Kyle Rossi pinned Connor Wingate in 1:54 and 135-pounder Colton Dryden won by forfeit for the Bucs.

Oswego 140 pound wrestler Adam Doviak lost in 5:26 to Ryan Kiggins and FM’s 145-pounder won by forfeit.

Oswego then won the next three matches with Dan Ellingwood, at 152, pinning Angelo Pavone in 1:03 followed by Mike Ruggio, at 160, with a 6-2 win over Jake Rau. Bobby Natoli, at 171, defeated Mike Mannia 5-3 for the 1-4   Bucs.

Frosh Basketball Action

Oswego frosh were in action on the hardwood recently and scored two victories.

The Bucs defeated Liverpool 58-50 as the game was decided in the fourth and final quarter.

Dustin Sands scored 15 points while Jonah Restuccio, Dylan Lavner, Alex Maken and Kaleb Astoria each scored eight points.

Tom Dillon and Alix Perez each had four points while David Williams had two and Ryan Lavner one point to move to 8-3 on the year.

Against Fayetteville-Manlius the Bucs won 53-34.

Coach Mike Martin said, “A strong third quarter really helped open up the game with a tenacious full court press as Sands scored 14 of his game high 23 in the third with Oswego outscoring FM 22-10.”

Alex Makin had 10 points and eight assists.

Astoria had six points and Dan O’Brien four points while Brandon Schultzkie, Dillon, Perez and Dylan Lavner along with Jacob Annal had two points each.

Kaleb Allen, Ryan Lavner, Jonah Restuccio and David Williams played strong in the win.