Top seeds win with ease in Section IV tourney

Patrick Newell

BINGHAMTON – As expected, the top seeds held firm after the first day of the Section IV Wrestling Tournament Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
A total of 23 local wrestlers still entertain Section IV title hopes after winning two matches to advance to Saturday’s semifinals round at 10 a.m.
Number one seeds advancing were Tristan Rifanburg (112) of Norwich, Danny Gormley (125) of B-G/Afton, Mike Beckwith (145) of Greene; Christian Dietrich (152) of Greene; Keegan Cerwinski (160) of Greene, Vinnie Buttice (171) of B-G/Afton; Kurt Shear (189) of Greene; and Kyle Stanton (215), also of Greene.
Rifanburg, who won a state title as a seventh-grader, pinned both of his opponents including a stick of Mick Sickmon of Dryden in 1:27 to reach the semifinals. Other than Dietrich, every other local top seed picked up pinfall or technical fall victories. Dietrich, just a seventh-grader, defeated teammate Brock Kinney, 6-1.
Below are quarterfinals results by weight class and team scores. Finals are scheduled at 7 p.m. The Evening Sun will have a complete tournament wrapup in the Monday, Feb. 14 sports section.
Team scoring out of 32 teams: B-GA 98.5; Greene, 73.5; Norwich, 63.5; Chenango Valley, 59.5; Windsor, 56; Tioga, 55; Waverly, 51; Lansing, 47; Owego, 36; Oxford, 33.5. Unadilla Valley (17th, 22 points).
Local quarterfinals results by weight class
96: Landon Cummings (Nor,) pinned Billy Liberati (CV), 3:46. Joe Nelson (Oxf) pinned Greg Lee (Lans), 1:50.
103: Austin Crandall (Oxf) dec. Tozhia Possemato (U), 6-4.
112: Tristan Rifanburg (Nor) pinned Mike Sickmon (Dry), 1:27. Craig Luffman (Owe) pinned Jeremiah Winter (Oxf), 3:40.
119: Frank Garcia (Nor) tech fall, 16-0 over Nate Bell (Owe).
125: Danny Gormley (BGA) tech fall 15-0 over Josh Burge (WG).
130: Jesse Griswold (BGA) dec. Jordan Torbitt (WP), 9-6.
135: Tanner Cummings (N) dec. Hayden Bell (Owe), 5-2. Cory Burnett (BGA) dec. James Gleason (Dry), 4-0.
140: Dan Dickman (Gr) pinned Ryan Ackley (One), :47. Cody Davy (BGA) dec. Evan Farnham (SVE), 4-3.
145: Mike Beckwith (Gr) pinned Aaron Charles (Sid), 4:11. Dakota Vandermark (BGA) dec. Mike Chandler (Wav), 2-1.
152: Christian Dietrich (Gr) dec. Brock Kinney (Gr.), 6-1. Daren Terpstra (BGA) pinned Clayton Audette (Oxf), 1;53.
160: Keegan Cerwinski (Gr) pinned Grey Bennis (Edis), :36. Paul Parsons (BGA) dec. Matt Pinckney (ESS), 13-2.
171: Vinnie Buttice (BGA) pinned Andrew Barnhart (WP), :51
189: Kurt Shear (Gr) pinned Eddie Castillo (Wal), :34; Mark Viviano (BGA) tech fall over Brian Ingram (Del), 16-1.
215: Kyle Stanton (Gr) pinned Ben Cairns (Del), 1:07. Kegan Levesque (Nor) pinned Russ Andrus (CV), 2:33.
285: Billy Holden (BGA) pinned Mike Thomas (Del), 4:20. Dillon Hurlburt (Mar) pinned Chris Kehoe (Gr), 4:29.