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OFA’s Cole posts 100th win

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For a high school wrestler reaching 100 career wins is an unforgetable moment.

OFA senior Andrew Cole made his experience even more unforgetable as he raised his state-wide profile by securing his 100th win in the opening round of 170-pound division of the Jack Fisher Wrestling Tournament in Newark on Saturday.

Cole joined the Section 10 100-Win Club by pinning Denver Hansen of Red Jacket in 1:04 and went on to win the weight class title Saturday evening.

In the semi-finals. he decisioned DeAthony Terrell of Wilson Wagnet High School 9-3 and in the title bout he decisioned Tyler Keear of Geneva 7-3. Keear entered the match with a 14-0 record.

Cole’s title, Brody Sheppard’s second place finish at 106 pounds, Tanner LaPiene’s third place finish at 99 pounds and Bailey Phelps’ fourth place finish at 145 pounds led the Blue Devils to a sixth place finish with 98 points.

Holley led a 17-team field with 192 points followed by Newark 187.5, Wayne Central at 150 and Geneva at 115.5. Following OFA were: Alexander 97.5, Penn Yan 89, Wilson Magnet 76.5, Marcus Whitman 67, Campbell-Savona 59.5, McQuaid 54, Pittsford 53, Red Jacket 39, East 26, Pen field 23, Berach-NYC 5.

OFA, which was the only Section 10 team in the field, was also represented well by Josh Wangler who went 2-2 at 126, Glynn Breen who went 0-2 at 132, Tyler Eaton who went 0-2 at 138, Cody Allen-David who went 1-2 at 160, Alex Cole who went 2-2 at 182 and Nate Sarkin who went 0-2 at 285.

Sheppard, a seventh grader, pinned Michael Peacock of Penn Yan to reach the 106-pound title match where he lost a 3-2 decision to Matt Gaiser of Alexander.

LaPiene, an eighth grader, placed third in a very strong 99-pound field where Andrew Flanagan, a New York State place winner in 2012, emerged as the champion. LaPiene pinned Daniel McLaughlin of Campbell-Savona in 32 seconds in the opening round and then dropped an 8-3 decision to Jacob Yankloski of Wayne who is currently ranked in the top eight of the state.

LaPiene earned the third place finish by pinning Courtney Lafler of Penn Yann.

Phelps went 3-2 in a deep 145-pound bracket and opened with a 4-3 decision over Matt Colotti of Red Jacket in 5:46 and a 15-0 technical fall over Michael Deal of Waterloo. After losing by pin to Kevin Avery of Holley, Phelps reached the consolation finals with a 15-0 technical fall over Ralph De La Oz of Wilson Magnet. In the third and fourth place match Phelps was pinned by Austin Miller of Newark.

Alex Cole lost his opening match by pin to Cederick Tanksley of East High but rebounded with pins over Alex Anderson of Waterloo and Aaron Smith of Marcus Whitman. In his fourth match Cole was decisioned 4-1 by Nick Simons of Campbell-Savona.

In going 2-2 Josh Wangler pinned Alfred Stevens of Wilson Magnet and Jahmel Hamlin of Geneva and dropped major decisions to Dan Flanagan of Holley and Kris Main of Newark.

Cody Allen-David secured his win on the day at 160 in major decision of John DeAnthony Terrell of Wilson Magnet.

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