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High school roundup: Nine wrestlers capture Section 3 titles


SYRACUSE — The Frontier League will be well-represented at the state tournament as nine wrestlers won their weight classes in the Section 3 Division I and II championships at SRC Arena on Saturday.

In Division I, Andrew McFarland of Carthage edged Audey Ashkar of Liverpool 3-1 in overtime to win in the 113-pound final. Indian River’s Nick Toutant (126) edged New Hartford’s Dempsey King 1-0 in overtime. Sonny McPherson (170) of Indian River gained an 11-2 major decision versus Tim Byrnes of Fayetteville-Manlius, and Trevor Gibbons (285) of Carthage won by fall in 4:16 over Erik Doviak of Oswego.

Tucker Amato of Indian River finished second at 106 after losing 3-1 in overtime to Joe Barber of Cicero-North Syracuse.

Carthage finished seventh and Indian River was ninth in the Division I team competition that was won by Baldwinsville.

In Division II, General Brown’s Ryan Snow earned his fourth trip to states with a 10-2 major decision in the 126-pound division. Tyler Silverthorn of General Brown (152) defeated Simon Breckenridge of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, 5-1. South Jefferson’s Trey LaFlamme (99) topped Central Valley Academy’s CJ Walz, 13-6, while South Jefferson’s Daniel Smith (182) edged Phoenix’s Will Hilliard, 4-3. Sandy Creek’s Jake Benedict (220) major decisioned Garrett Duvall of Sherburne-Earlville, 10-1.

Immaculate Heart Central’s Nick Koelmel (160) and South Jefferson’s Logan LaFlamme (195) placed second.

South Jefferson won the Division II team title and General Brown took third.

The state championships will be Feb. 28-March 1.



Junior setter Chloe Stinebrickner distributed 49 assists to tally a school-record 1,002 assists for her career during the Falcons’ come-from-behind victory to claim the Section 3 Class C title.

Class C-1 champion South Lewis lost the first two sets, 22-25, 22-25, but rallied to capture the last three, 25-12, 25-19, 25-19, from Frontier League foe and Class C-2 champion Beaver River.

“It’s incredible,” said South Lewis coach Ashley Gino, a former player of Beaver River coach Gene Sundberg. “It was a nail-biter. (We) beat adversity for sure.”

It is only the second time in program history that South Lewis has beaten Beaver River. The Falcons defeated the Beavers for the first time last season.

Stinebrickner also broke her own school records for assists in a season with 534 and assists in a match.

Zoe Shepherd accounted for 20 kills, 18 service points, eight aces and 10 digs, and Jaedyn Ossont added 11 kills, 13 points, three aces and 18 digs.

Marissa Brown hit 15 kills, and Jayne Strigle made 32 digs for South Lewis (19-3 overall).

For the Beavers, Melissa Hunt generated nine kills, and Madison Compton contributed eight kills and 11 service points.

Malori Mattimore finished with 11 points and anchored the defense with 23 digs. Anna Bush hit seven kills, and Keanna Proulx and Mariah Abel distributed 13 and 12 assists, respectively, for Beaver River (16-4).


The top-seeded Raiders claimed the Section 3 Class B championship with a 25-22, 25-17, 25-15 victory over the No. 2 Spartans at Chittenango.

For South Jefferson, Jackie Decker finished with eight service points and 12 digs. Hannah Markey made eight digs, and Breanna LaFlesh served three aces.

Canastota is 18-0.



Michael Netto captured the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, with state-qualifying times, and contributed to the first-place 200 medley relay to help Watertown finish third during the Section 3 Class A championships at West Genesee high school.

Watertown scored 274 points, while Liverpool earned the team title with 416 points.

Brad McKinney took third in the 50 free and was a part of Watertown’s winning relay.

Garrett Clarke claimed the 100 breastroke, took second in the 200 IM and swam on two winning relays for Liverpool.

Collin Zapisek won the 200 and 500 free for West Genesee.


Nathan Munger and Scott Bingle each recorded second-place individual finishes and contributed to second and third-place relays to help Lowville capture the Section 3 Class C championship at New Hartford.

Lowville finished with 343.5 points, while Weedsport tallied 317 points for second place, and Holland Patent (310.5) took third.

Munger was second in the 200 free, while Bingle took second in the 100 backstroke.

Barrett Celecki captured the 100 and 200 freestyles, with state qualifying times, and swam on two first-place relays for Holland Patent. He had qualified for states in the 200 earlier this season.

Connor Way was third in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free for Immaculate Heart Central.

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