Sports Editor’s Playbook, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

Patrick Newell

– At the Tri-Valley Tournament, hosted by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill last weekend, B-G/Afton finished a solid third in a 21-team field. The Bears won four championships wins and three others place in the top five of their respective weight class. Among those titles was senior Danny Gormley, a four-time Section IV champion, and three-time New York State place-winner. Gormley had not wrestled since Dec. 18, when he lost a 5-3 decision – his only loss this season – to 2010 N.Y.S. place-winner, Anthony Finocchiaro of Canastota. During the match with Finocchiaro, Gormley suffered a severe ankle injury. It was originally feared as a broken bone of a previous injury, and in that event, would have likely ended the season, and career, of the standout grappler. After X-Rays and more professional opinions, Gormley’s injury was diagnosed as a severe sprain. Gormley’s down time and rehabilitation was several weeks, and after 28 days, he returned to the mat victoriously. In winning the title, Gormley beat the number one ranked Section III wrestler at 125 pounds, Dylan Kavanaugh of V-V-S. Other B-G/A wrestlers to claim titles were Daren Terpstra (152), Paul Parsons (160), and Vinnie Buttice (171).

– The Eastern States Classic wrestling tournament annually draws the best wrestlers in New York State. Schools from neighboring states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also represented. This is not a tournament for the weak, as evidenced by three-time New York State champion, Quinton Murphy of Holley, losing in the finals at 130 pounds. The best performances we saw from local entries came from Greene, with Kurt Shear placing fourth at 189 pounds, and Keegan Cerwinski taking seventh at 160 pounds. Sherburne-Earlville’s Greg DuVall entered the tournament unbeaten, and left with five more wins – and two losses. DuVall’s bracket had over 50 entries, and he finished one win shy of the placement round, said S-E assistant coach Brian Hicks. “We had not seen competition like that all year,” Hicks said. “This is just my opinion, but the competition here may be stronger than the New York State Tournament.” Hicks could be right. Some of the best small- and large-school wrestlers in the state compete, and as we mentioned, it’s interstate competition. “The tournament is just unbelievable,” Hicks said. DuVall lost two close decisions, and those defeats will likely not affect his unofficial standing as the top-ranked 152-pounder in Section III, as listed by Check out those rankings at

– The 2010-2011 season marks the 50th year of Norwich swimming, and the program will commemorate the anniversary this Friday when the Tornado host Chenango Forks. Norwich swimming alumni in attendance will be recognized following the diving competition, said Norwich coach Jon Aikins. The program was started by retired Norwich teacher and coach, George Echentile. Echentile, to his former swimmers and students, remains beloved, and will likely be in attendance for the event.

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