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South Jefferson captures Section 3 wrestling crown


SYRACUSE — The South Jefferson wrestling team added another accolade to its perfect season, and Indian River senior Derrick Gray highlighted 11 Frontier League wrestlers that claimed a Section 3 championship on Saturday at the SRC Arena.

The Spartans claimed the Section 3 Division II team title with a score of 138.5, placing ahead of Phoenix (100.5) and Holland Patent (93.5). It is the program’s third sectional title. They previously took first in 2005 and 1998.

They were led by individual champions Daniel Smith (170 pounds) and Jon Crast (132), who each claimed their first individual title.

South Jefferson went undefeated in dual meets and won the Frontier League and Section 3 Class B championships this year, the last of head coach Pat Conners’ 21-year career.

Gray captured his fifth straight individual title by pinning New Hartford’s Sean Mcenna in the 138-pound Division I final.

Gray will be joined at states by teammate Sonny McPherson, who claimed his first title at 170.

Immaculate Heart Central junior Nicholas Koelmel won the Division II 145-pound title, running his unbeaten record to 35-0. He will enter the state tournament as the league’s only unbeaten wrestler.

Lowville’s Brandon Fayle claimed the 285-pound Division II title, his third straight sectional championship.

Three Carthage wrestlers won their respective weight classes in the Division I tournament.

Senior Shayne Brady (182), the school’s all-time wins leader, won with a 10-3 decision for his second straight sectional title. Brady was a state runner-up last year and became the first Carthage wrestler to advance to a state final.

Trevor Gibbons (285) and Colin Ryan (145) each won their respective divisions for the Comets. Each is a first-time sectional champion.

General Brown’s Corey Gaffney beat Copenhagen’s Scott Hamblin with a 5-3 decision for the Division II 220 title.

Lions’ junior Tyler Silverthorn won at 160. Both Silverthorn and Gaffney are first-time champions.

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