Sports Editor’s Playbook – wrestling edition

Patrick Newell

- Of note at the Section IV wrestling tournament, on his way to his first Section IV championship, Greene junior 160-pounder, Keegan Cerwinski, did not surrender a single point in his four victories. He won his first match by technical fall 15-0, pinned his second opponent in 36 seconds, and in the semifinals against Josh Kilts of Chenango Valley, won 15-0 by technical fall. In the finals, he racked up a 14-0 win over B-G/Afton’s Paul Parsons. In all, he pinned one opponent and outscored the other three, 44-0. Perhaps Cerwinski was helped by the plethora of middleweight talent in the Greene wrestling room. His teammates Mike Beckwith (145) and Christian Dietrich (152) also reached the sectional finals. Beckwith lost an overtime decision, but based on criteria from this year and previous years, will likely get a state tournament wild-card bid. Dietrich, just a seventh-grader, preceded Cerwinski’s victory with his first-ever sectional crown. A couple of weight classes later, Cerwinski’s teammate Kurt Shear dropped an overtime decision in the 189-pound division. Shear has compiled some incredible wrestling credentials the past two seasons, and it would be a shame if he does not garner a state tournament wild card bid. In all, the Trojans could have as many as four state tournament representatives in Albany two weeks down the road.

- Norwich junior Kegan Levesque was a mere 13 seconds from reaching his first Section IV final. Facing Chad Rose of Candor, Levesque clung to a 3-2 lead when Rose bull-rushed Levesque in an attempt to score the go-ahead takedown. Rose’s lowered head connected with a retreating Levesque on his scalp a few inches above the Norwich wrestler’s eyebrow. The accidental “head butt” created a long and deep gash that required medical treatment from the Broome County Arena medical staff. Levesque was taped up from his jawline to his head, although the blood continued to flow. It appeared the down time and blood loss sapped Levesque’s momentum, and Rose delivered the winning takedown with less than three seconds left to pull off the one-point win. Rose went on to win the 215-pound sectional title defeating Greene’s Kyle Stanton.

- Congratulations to B-G/Afton senior Danny Gormley, now one of the all-time elite wrestlers in Chenango County history with five Section IV titles. Saturday night, Gormley wriggled his way into the same singlet that brought him his first section title – four years and 30 pounds ago – and went on to defeat three-time Section IV champion Colton Perry of Windsor. Not too many people have defeated Gormley over the past five seasons, and none from Section IV in our recollection over the past few years. He is a class act on and off the mat, and thanks to a reader familiar with the Gormley family legacy, we learned that the apple does not fall far from the tree. We received an e-mail that included a digital image of an Evening Sun article published in 1980. In it, Jim Gormley was named The Evening Sun Athlete of the Week. Jim Gormley, if you haven’t guessed already, is Danny’s father. Papa Jim was a standout lightweight wrestler for Bainbridge-Guilford and one of the best in Section IV. In the article written by former Evening Sun Sports Editor, Tom Rowe, Jim Gormley exuded confidence on and off the mat. Danny, while not as brash, issued the same sort of confident statement as his father after beating Perry. To paraphrase Gormley, the sectional championship is just a stepping stone to winning a state title. Danny Gormley has achieved just about everything possible on the high school level, and a state championship is the only thing left to complete his wrestling resume.

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