Central Valley’s Laken Cook (top) works on VVS’ Sean Galla in a 138 pound bout.

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Twenty one schools, many of them State ranked, representing Sections 2,3 and 4 converged upon Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School on Saturday for the annual Central New York Wrestling – VVS Invitational.

After a couple of hundred matches, in fifteen weight classes from 99 lbs. to 285 lbs., it was the Tigers of Mexico who won the team title, with 182.5 points.

Whitesboro’s Jeff Marraffa starts a takedown on VVS’ Ryan Compoli, en route to the 120 lb. title.

One third of the fifteen title bouts included Mexico Wrestlers. VVS sent four, Central Valley three, while Camden, Dolgeville and Whitesboro each placed two wrestlers into the championship round.

Camden’s strong team finish was propelled by five of its wrestlers reaching the semi-final round.

Central Valley Academy, undefeated in dual meets this season and ranked 19th in the most recent state poll for small schools, took home titles in the 138 lb. and 195 lb. weight classes.

Laren Cook defeated Sean McKenna of New Hartford, by a score of 5-0 at 138, while brother Landry Cook knocked off Thad Casler of Camden, 12-8, at 195.

Whitesboro also brought home two individual titles. Jeff Marraffa brought top honors home for the Warriors in the 120 lb. weight class, out maneuvering Zach Ruggles of Marcellus by a score of 5-2.

Tyler Hudson won the 250 lb. championship with a 7-2 decision over Chris Dunn, also a Marcellus Mustang.

NewLogo2-1-300x139Rounding out the teams with two individual champions was Dolgeville. Both Triston Engle, at 170 lbs, and Kasey Foster at 182 pinned their respective opponents in the finals.

VVS’ Lane Frost, the defending Section III Champion at 182 lbs., earned his 100th career victory on Saturday, despite losing his final match to Kasey Foster. 

The “CNY Tournament”, as it is commonly known to wrestlers and fans represents the midpoint of the season.

From this point, wrestlers will begin the final push toward Class and Section titles, which are decided in February. 

New Hartford’s Sean McKenna battles Mexico’s Mitch Shambo in a 138 lb. quarterfinal match.

Team Results:

1 Mexico 182.5
2 Central Valley 171.5
3 Camden 162.0
4 Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 146.0
5 Whitesboro 121.0
6 Dolgeville 97.0
7 BGAH 93.0
8 Warrensburg 92.0
9 Marcellus 78.5
10 Morrisville-Eaton 68.0
11 New Hartford 53.0
12 Cohoes 51.5
13 Oneida 41.5
14 CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt 31.5
 15 Otselic Valley 31.5
16 Windsor 28.0
17 Little Falls 22.0
18 Poland 18.0
19 Central Square 15.0
20 Cooperstown 6.0
21 Mount Markham 4.0


Camden’s Brett Finch (right) gains control over Central Square’s Phoenix Webb in a 170 lb. bout.

 Individual results:

99 Austin O’Reilly (Mexico) dec CJ Walz (Central Valley) 2-1
106 Chris Cirigliano (BGAH) dec Theo Powers (Mexico) 8-1
113 Ben Hood (Marcellus) dec Hunter Howland (Mexico) 8-4
120 Jeff Marraffa (Whitesboro) dec Zach Ruggles (Marcellus) 5-2
126 Nick Nedeluc (Warrensburg) pin Bryce Cipollone (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 2:43
132 Austin Whitney (Mexico) maj dec Jette Collins (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 11-0
138 Laken Cook (Central Valley) dec Sean McKenna (New Hartford) 5-0
145 Jamie Griswold (BGAH) dec John Mazza (Central Valley) 4-3
152 Simon Breckenridge (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) pin Andrew Bikowski (Morrisville-Eaton) 1:00
160 Trevor Allard (Mexico) dec Richard Lyon (Dolgeville) 3-2
170 Triston Engle (Dolgeville) pin Jacob Woolson (Mexico) 4:54
182 Kasey Foster (Dolgeville) pin Lane Frost (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 2:51
195 Landry Cook (Central Valley) dec Thad Casler (Camden) 12-8
220 Tyler Hudson (Whitesboro) dec Christopher Dunn (Marcellus) 7-2
285 Tyler Havener (Oneida) pin Ian Radell (Camden) 4:36