FALCONER, N.Y. — It was another busy weekend of wrestling for Corry at the Patrick Morales Wrestling Tournament and the Beavers came home with another team title.
“We took 17 wrestlers and 13 came home with some hardware,” noted coach Mark Munsee. “We managed to push five guys into the championship finals but unfortunately we only managed one champion, Hayden Linkerhof.
“The other 4 guys, Lucas Munsee, Dylan Gourley, Matt Petrilla, and Shawn Proctor, all battled hard and all were in great fights but came up just a little short. Hayden knocked off Dontae Hoose from Southwestern, 8-2. I was really happy with the way Hayden wrestled in the finals. He wrestled aggressively on his feet and that was the real difference in that match. I think that was the one thing really missing from his game at the last tournament we were in, so it was nice to see some attack coming back for him.
“Our four other finalists all wrestled hard but came up short,” claimed Munsee. “Lucas was locked up in a great match where the score was tied 8-8 halfway through but got caught in a throw and couldn't fight out of it. He was in pretty good control the entire match but let two throws from his otherwise defenseless opponent get the best of him.
“Dylan had a great weekend making his first trip to the finals of a varsity tournament,” he said. “He really wrestled well but didn't quite have enough for a very tough Giovanni Schifano from Eden. This kid was just powerful and Dylan just didn't have quite enough for him. Dylan is really looking good this season and I couldn't be happier with his efforts.
“Matt lost a heartbreaker being up by a point halfway through the third period, but gave up a late takedown to lose by a point,” Munsee said. “I think he didn't have quite enough left in the tank so working on conditioning will have to be a goal for him over the next couple of weeks.
“Shawn lost 7-3 to a very tough Cael Black from Eisenhower,” he said. “Shawn has improved so much this season and did an awesome job in the finals. This will likely be the first of many times these two will square off over the next month. Our job will be to continue to improve and close that gap up to the point where we can come out on top when it really counts.”
Other wrestlers for Corry who had a great weekend were Nick Lapinski (3rd), Damion Kinney (4th), Trey Proper (4th), Kayden Reyda (5th), Hunter Savitz (5th), Austin Sacchetti (5th), Xavier Reyda (5th) and Lucas Peterson (6th).
“These guys all wrestled tough this weekend,” said Munsee. “It can be a long road to wrestle back through the consi brackets where some of these guys wrestled five matches in one day. Some of them have some pretty good battle scares to prove it. These guys, along with Derek Hurd, Chris Almeda, Brady Steele and Caden Bidwell, are a big reason why this team was the tournament champions. Pushing guys into the finals is a big part of winning a team title but I preach to these guys how important it is when you lose that you must recover mentally and wrestle back to place as high as possible and that was the difference.
“We had 13 placewinners, the second- and third-place teams both had 11 placewinners and fourth place had seven,” he pointed out. “Much like we did two weeks ago at Southmoreland we wrestled with grit, heart and a desire to win. All of our guys rose to the occasion and left it all out on the mats. I am proud of this team and how they performed.
“Again our fan base was out in full force,” Munsee noted. “It is awesome seeing the support and excitement for this team grow throughout the season. Not only are these guys competing in a sport they love but they are making memories that will last far beyond the season. The support and excitement from the crowd is what makes these memories last. It was an awesome weekend and this coaching staff and I are lucky to be a part of it.”
Now comes the region showdown at Eisenhower on Wednesday with both schools standing 5-0.
“A win here would be a huge step to the region title,” said Munsee.
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