CANTON Once you become a champion you are a champion forever.
Ogdensburg Free Academy junior Cody Allen-David realized that in a burst of unbridled enthusiasm on Saturday, at the Section 10 wrestling championships staged before a large crowd at Canton Central.
Shortly after deciding a back-and-forth Division II 160-pound final with a pin over Gouverneurs Marty Countryman with just 38 seconds remaining in the third period, David ran straight to the top row of the bleachers to share a huge bear hug with his mother.
That was a great win for Cody. It was one of those matches we had today that could have gone either way, said OFA coach Bill Mitchell, who saw seven of his wrestlers earn a place at the top of podium and a trip to the state championships Feb. 23 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Cody, Brody Sheppard and Josh Wangler both won their first titles. Tanner LaPiene and Alex Cole won for the second time, Nate Sarkin for the third time and Andrew Cole won for the fourth time, Mitchell said. We had a very good day.
OFA placed second to overall team champion Gouverneur, 189 1/2-181 in the Division II standings. Gouverneur crowned nine champions.
Massena placed 14 wrestlers in the Division I title round and outdistanced Canton 207-148 in the team standings. Eight Massena wrestlers won titles.
The Gouverneur and Massena contingents are led by five-time champions in Dillon Stowell (Gouverneur) and Isaiah Perry (Massena), who both went over the 150-career win mark in their senior seasons.
Stowell has earned the top 113-pound seed in Division II states and is looking to better his three third places and one fourth.
I have a lot of confidence going in, said Stowell, who is considering an opportunity to wrestle at SUNY Brockport next year. I wrestle with (teammate) Zach Ayen in practice and we get after it pretty hard. Having someone like that to wrestle with everyday really helps.
Perry became the first five-time sectional champion in Massena history. He placed fifth in the states last year and will wrestle at Worcester Polytechnic Institute next year, where he will study aeronautics through a Navy ROTC scholarship.
Isaiah Perry is definitely the anchor of our team and we are really going to miss him, said Massena coach Scott Perrine, who also shared a family celebration when his son, Hunter Perrine, won his first sectional title as a freshman.
Isaiah, Landon Laughlin and Dan Elman really push each other hard in practice and that makes everybody better, he said.
Gouverneur coach Joel Baer believes that Stowell is a bona fide contender for a state title and that teammates Zach and Hunter Ayen will also make strong challenges.
I really believe Dillon can win state title after placing four straight years; Zach Ayen took fifth last year and Hunter Ayen looks very strong, Baer said.
I really like Massenas Isaiah Perrys chances and I think Tanner LaPiene and Andrew Cole from OFA are right up with wrestlers from our section with chances to place, he added.
Stowell (113), LaPiene (99), Hunter Ayen (195) and another Gouverneur wrestler in Mike Mandigo (220) all qualified for state championship berths unopposed. Gouverneur and OFA accounted for all of the Division II titles.
Pinning their way to the top of the podium were: Gouverneurs Aaron Bush (120), Zach Ayen (132), Joey Love (138), Robbie Bell (145) and Curtis Fuller (technical fall 152). OFAs Josh Wangler (126), Cody Allen David (160), Andrew Cole (170), Alex Cole (182) and Nate Sarkin (285) all won titles with pins.
HAMMOND 50, CLIFTON-FINE 48
Alyssa Crosby scored half her teams points, finishing with 25, to lead Hammond (17-1, 14-0) in a West Division game at Star Lake.
Courtney Bova added 10 points for Hammond.
Hunter Hitchman and Alexis Pomerville each scored 13 for the Eagles (14-4, 10-4).
MALONE 63, GOUVERNEUR 37
Morgan Fountain scored 17 points for the Huskies (10-6, 5-6) in a win over Gouverneur in a Central Division game in Malone.
Rachel Lamica supplied 13 points for the Huskies. Danielle McCormick led Gouverneur (2-15, 0-12) with nine.
MADRID-WADDINGTON 67, ST. REGIS FALLS 22
Katie Marcellus scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds and four assists as Madrid-Waddington won its Senior Day game in an interdivision meeting at Madrid.
Bridget Beldock added 11 points, four assists and five steals for the Yellow Jackets (17-1).
CANTON 62, HERMON-DEKALB 46
Emma Rexford tallied 16 points to help give the Golden Bears (15-2) a nonleague win in DeKalb Junction.
Emily Pickford tossed in 12 points for Canton (15-2).
Bridget Rust paced the Demons (10-8) with 17 points.
LISBON 37, HARRISVILLE 33
Jimmy Robinson produced 17 points to send the Golden Knights (13-5, 10-4) past Harrisville in a West Division contest in Lisbon.
Nate Weaver, Nick Weird and Jared Dreythaler each scored seven points for the Pirates (13-4, 10-3).
EDWARDS-KNOX 63, CLIFTON-FINE 25
Tyler Sharpstene scored 14 points and Kaden Dandrow added 13 as the Cougars (16-2, 13-1) routed the Eagles in a West Division game in Russell.
Matt Russell led the Eagles (1-17, 0-14) with nine points.
MADRID-WADDINGTON 77, PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 23
Tery Crump and James Hunt each scored 12 points as the Yellow Jackets (12-6) knocked off Parishville-Hopkinton in an interdivision game in Madrid.
Ryan Snyder led the Panthers (0-16, 0-13) with an 11-point effort.
BRUSHTON-MOIRA 60, TUPPER LAKE 52
Alex Burnett scored 18 points as Brushton-Moira (8-10, 5-3) defeated the Lumberjacks in a North Division game in Tupper Lake.
Adam Martin scored 16 points and Zach Burnett added 12 for the Panthers.
Anson Gagnier led Tupper Lake (10-6, 5-2) with 15 points. Brock Tarbox scored 12 and Mitch Keniston added 10 points.
OFA 67, CANTON 42
Kinnon LaRose scored 22 points and his older brother Breton scored 20 points for OFA (17-1, 11-0) to clinch a tie for the Central Division title with Malone with a win over Canton in Ogdensburg.
Eddie Bortnick scored 15 points for Canton (5-12, 3-9).
LOWVILLE 3, BEAVER RIVER 1
Haley Riley registered 19 kills and eight service points to help lead the No. 3 Red Raiders to a Section 3 Class C-1 quarterfinal victory over the No. 6 Beavers, 25-21, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, in Lowville.
Tasha Widrick finished with 41 assists, and Rachael Waite accounted for 15 kills, three aces and 10 points. Morgan McAleese hit seven kills for Lowville (14-4).
Beaver River is 12-6.
SANDY CREEK 3, FABIUS-POMPEY 0
Kylie Hanni accounted for 11 kills, four blocks and eight digs to help the No. 2 Comets capture a Class C-2 quarterfinal victory over the No. 7 Falcons, 25-13, 25-15, 25-15, at Sandy Creek.
Sandy Creek advances to play No. 3 Dolgeville (12-5)in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Lewis in Turin.
McKenna Guarasce pitched in with nine kills and three blocks, and Viki White posted 12 assists. Kylie Martin provided four kills, 10 assists and eight digs, and Izzie Bray added 11 points, three aces and six digs for Sandy Creek (15-4).
Kimberly Ward recorded four kills, two blocks and 10 digs for Fabius-Pompey (7-10).
ONEIDA 3, WATERTOWN 1
The No. 3 Indians (14-1) claimed the Class A quarterfinal game by defeating the No. 6 Cyclones, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, at Oneida.
For Watertown, Nemesis Ruiz contributed nine kills, eight blocks and 12 digs, and Jenna Hibbard supplied four kills, two aces and nine assists. Leah Rojas finished with six kills and 16 digs, and Stacia Wallace added four kills, two blocks and five digs for the Cyclones (9-9).