The Oswego High swimmers finished their home season with a big win while a trio of wrestlers finished second in the Class A Tournament. Meanwhile, the boys’ varsity basketball team lost a heartbreaker and the hockey team is looking for a possible second place finish as the regular season winds down.
Great Day for Swimmers
The Oswego Buccaneers had a very successful final home meet of the season against visiting Pulaski/Sandy Creek. It was another victory for Oswego’s five seniors (Marcus Brill Ney, Joe Corradino, Josh Costo, Jimmy Dillon, and Jeremy Galvin) who were also honored at the meet.
The Bucs hopped out of the pool with a 102-78 to boost the season record to 6-3.
While Pulaski/Sandy Creek began the meet with a big one-two finish in the 200 medley relay and then not too long after, a one-two finish in the 200 I.M., Oswego was able to get back into the meet after the diving competition and was able to keep a lead until the finish.
Oswego’s first highlight would come during the 200 freestyle as junior Alex Kemper (2:01.59), senior Jeremy Galvin (2:09.72), and freshman Evan James (2:11.20) would place first, second and third in the event to tie up the score.
Not long after, the Oswego divers would pull the Bucs ahead with some outstanding performances. Junior Alex Carl took first with his lifetime best score of 2:07.95. Another junior, Mike Prevo, was second with his lifetime best (178.15). Branagan Glennen, Oswego’s third junior diver, was able to place third in his lifetime best of 157.30. Tyler Youngman, an Oswego freshman, was also able to put up his lifetime best score of 123.17 during the event.
Following an outstanding diving performance, sophomore Dylan Harrington turned in an outstanding performance of his own in the 100 butterfly. Harrington flew to a first place finish in an impressive best time of 1:00.01. Alex Carl was also able to post a best time in the event (1:16.53). The next event, the 100 freestyle, would also go well for the Bucs with Alex Kemper taking first in 52.46, and senior Josh Costo sneaking in to take second in 58.45.
Oswego senior Jimmy Dillon would swim one of the most impressive races of his career in the next event, the 500 freestyle. Dillon’s lifetime best time of 5:18.62 would put him more than 30 seconds ahead of second place finisher Evan James from the Buccaneers. Freshman Zach DeSacia, also swam an outstanding lifetime best of 6:24.10 to take third in the event.
The Oswego 200 freestyle team of Harrington, McCrobie, Carl, and Kemper would place first in 1:40.66. Immediately following that, senior Jeremy Galvin would swim his best in season time ever in the 100 back to win it in an impressive 1:02.79. Junior Leo Gorton was right on his heels, placing second in his lifetime best of 1:04.11. In the next event, Harrington would get his second win of the meet in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.56).
Four of Oswego’s seniors put the finishing touches on the meet with a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Dillon, Corradino, Costo, and Galvin, would win their final race in the Oswego High School Pool.
Three Wrestlers Runner Up
The Class A Wrestling Tournament was held on Saturday in Fulton as three Bucs came home with runner up finishes.
Jordan Perchway, at 132, along with Jacorb Rodriguez (220) and Eric Doviak (285) finished in second place while 113 pounder Austin Coleman was fourth.
Perchway started with a major decision over Anthony Inman of Whitesboro with a 16-2 verdict and followed that up with a 5-4 verdict over Tim Holden of Fulton. In the title match Brandon Hill of Fulton pinned the Buc in 1:01.
Rodriguez scored a semifinal win over Tyler Hudson of Whitesboro in capturing a 6-3 win. In the title match Derek Owen of Fulton won 7-3.
Doviak won his semi 5-0 over Mike Carbonaro of Auburn before losing the title match to Trevor Gibbons of Carthage when he was pinned in 3:10.
Coleman started out with a 6-2 win over Jack Hogan of Auburn and followed it up in losing to Tom Hill of Fulton via a pin in 2:45. He came back to decision Austin Benoit of New Hartford 6-2 and then lost in the third place match to Dempsey King of New Hartford in a pin in 2:13.
Buc Cagers Nearly Win
A near 20-point lead in the first half put the Oswego varsity basketball team in pretty good shape, but in the second half long-range shots connected for the visiting West Genesee Wildcats as they rallied for a 74-71 victory.
Phil Allen, who had seven threes, hit a critical one with just over a minute remaining and then calmly sank two foul shots to give the Cats the advantage as time wound down.
In the first half the Bucs ran the floor well, worked the ball inside and built up an advantage.
After one Oswego had doubled West Genesee 22-11 and in the second the Bucs were leading 43-31 at halftime.
The second half seemed to be a situation that the Bucs would score two and the opposition will respond with three. West Genesee whittled the lead down and slowly crawled back into the game. After three the Bucs still held a 56-49 lead.
In a wide open fourth quarter the visitors just would not go away and the Bucs could not come up with a key late bucket. Near the end of the game the Bucs went with a full court “football pass bomb” and the lay up was missed. That might have given Oswego a bit of breathing room, but West Genesee came right back and connected for more points to keep the game within reach.
The well played game had several outstanding plays and balance from both offenses. For the Bucs Zach Gillard had 18 points including four threes while his brother Josh had 16 and four threes. Dustin Sands added 11, Ryan Lavner 10, Dylan Lavner nine and Trevor Martin four.
Phil Allen had 25, including seven threes, while Trevor Smith scored 18 as four Wildcats finished in double figures.
The Bucs fell to 7-7 and West Genesee improved to 8-7.
Friday, February 8 the Bucs will have senior night as Cicero-North Syracuse pays a visit to Powers Gymnasium.
With two games to go in the regular season the Oswego High School hockey team is sitting in a three-way tie for third place and just two points out of second.
An offensive slump has snake bitten the Bucs in the past couple of weeks and on Friday night they lost their second consecutive game of the year in a 3-0 loss at Casey Park to the Auburn Maroons.
The Bucs were 9-0-1 three games ago, but a tie with regular season champion Skaneateles was followed by losses to New Hartford and Auburn.
Against the Maroons it was scoreless after two periods, but Auburn came up with two goals in the third before the Bucs pulled Chase Izyk (22 saves) with time running out. The home team finished up with an open net goal.
With a 16 game schedule New Hartford is currently second with a 10-3-2 record (22 points) with one game remaining. Tied for third with 20 points each are CBA 10-6 (regular season completed), Auburn 9-4-2 (one game left) and Oswego 9-3-2 (two games left).
Auburn goalie Jeff Gardner stopped 44 shots for Auburn.