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December 17, 2012

NAC takes third at Burnt Hills; AVCS finishes fifth at Ken Harrison Memorial

BURNT HILLS — The Northern Adirondack wrestling team placed third Saturday at the Burnt Hills Dual Meet Tournament.

Scott Kellett, who finished with a 3-1 record for the day, recorded the 100th victory of his varsity career.

Longwood finished first in the event and host Burnt Hills was second.

The Bobcats compiled a 4-1 team mark, with their lone loss being to Burnt Hills (61-12).

Northern Adirondack’s victories came against Lansingburgh (72-12), Schoharie (76-9), Mohawk (44-30) and Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton (33-31).

The Bobcats had two wrestlers go unbeaten on the day with 5-0 records: Austin Trombley and Justin Kellett.

Tyler Lapoint and Dallas Page were both 4-1, while Brandon LaBombard, Collin LaBombard, Hunter Carpenter, Leon Riley, Matthew Lashway and Scott Guerin were all 3-2.

Other NAC matmen competing included Roland Lapoint (2-3), Dominic Dominic (2-3), Rusty Pombrio (2-3) and Chad King (0-1).

AuSable Valley fifth

GRANVILLE — AuSable Valley placed fifth Saturday in the Ken Harrison Memorial Tournament, hosted by Granville High School.

The Patriots finished with 83 points, just six out of fourth and 17 out of third.

“This is the highest we have placed in this tournament since the late 1990s,” AuSable Valley coach John Dukett said. “We went with 11 wrestlers, so we gave up a lot of points. But we were able to get four wrestlers to the semifinals and one to the finals.

“The boys were focused and real tough in the wrestlebacks.”

Leading the way for the Patriots was Kenneth Rivers at 285 pounds. Rivers pinned two opponents before being pinned by Shenendehowa’s Jacob Brooks in the championship match for second place.

Elijah Gainer (3-1 at 126), Jeremy Owen (2-2 at 152) and Michael Thompson (4-1 at 220) lost to eventual champions in the semifinals and finished third, fourth and third, respectively.

Gainer won two matches by pin and one by major decision, while Owen won by pin and major decision. Thompson had three pins and an injury default.

Kodie Simpson (2-2 at 160), Keith Christensen (2-2 at 170) and Collin Fuller (2-2 at 195) all came within a victory of placing.

Other AuSable Valley wrestlers who participated include Dylan Baker (1-2 at 120), Evan Cobb (2-2 at 138), Dan Evans (0-2) at 145 and Richard Nichols (0-2 at 182).

“I’m very proud of the team — we haven’t been able to crack the top 10 in this tourney of 16 teams for a long time,” Dukett said. “We’re a very young team and every one of them wrestled well and never gave up.”

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