GOUVERNEUR — The Saranac wrestling team crowned three individual champions and continued its early-season success with a second-place finish in the North Country Invitational, held on Tuesday at Gouverneur Central School.
A strong General Brown team won the team championship with 266 points, followed in the 12-team by the Chiefs with 204.5, Indian River third with 177.5 and host Gouverneur fourth with 167.
Jacob Nolan (99), Codie Gillette (138) and Paul Herrera (220) won their respective weight classes for Saranac.
Nolan went 3-0 on the day and recorded a major decision over Lowville’s Brent Millard in the finals. Gillette finished 3-0, including a 4-0 decision over Gouverneur’s Zach Ayen in the title match. And Herrera also finished 3-0 and posted a pin over General Brown’s Zech Pitre to win his weight class.
The Chiefs also had one second-place finisher, four who placed third, one who ended up fourth and one fifth.
Tony Bushey also made it to the finals for Saranac, but was pinned in the title match. John Devins (3-1), Rafael Rivera (4-1), Will Marcil (4-1) and James Black (3-1) all finished third, while Brandon Yip (3-2) placed fourth and Michael Charland (2-2) fifth.
“Overall, we wrestled very well at the tournament,” Saranac coach Heath Smith said. “We had a good day despite missing one of my starters, who did not show up at the tournament.”
The Chiefs return to Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action on Tuesday in Ellenburg against Northern Adirondack.
North Country Invitational
1, General Brown, 266. 2, Saranac, 204.5. 3, Indian River, 177.5. 4, Gouverneur, 167. 5, Ogdensburg Free Academy, 163.5. 6, Sandy Creek, 117. 7, South Lewis, 103. 8, Lowville, 96. 9, Watertown, 69. 10, Immaculate Heart Central, 63. 11, Canton, 61. 12, Onondaga, 23.
EAGLES FINISH 2-5
DOLGEVILLE — Short-handed Beekmantown finished the tough Mountain Duals with a 2-5 team record on December 27.
The Eagles were without four wrestlers due to injury or illness and had to forfeit four or five weight classes in each dual.
Beekmantown recorded a 54-28 victory over Rome Free Academy and a 51-27 decision over Oxford. Burnt Hills posted a 60-24 win, Amsterdam a 53-31 victory, General Brown a 70-13 decision, Canastota a 53-17 win and Wayne a 50-35 verdict over the Eagles.
Eathan Bacon and Dillon Peryea paced Beekmantown with 6-1 records, while Gage Cook and Brandon Defayette were 5-1.
Other Eagles taking part in the 2-day tournament were Kayden Peryea (3-4 record), Jordan Daniels (4-3), Anthony Cartee (4-3), Casey Provost (3-4), Ryan Turner (2-5), Bruce Goddeau (3-4) and Clay Watts (2-5).