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Wildcats Down OFA For 40th straight win


Continuity is a major key to success for any athletic program.

Gouverneur Wrestling has taken continuity to an unprecedented level in Section 10.

For decades the Wildcats have become synonymous with the team to beat in the Northern Conference and that association is firmly cemented in the current season.

On Saturday night the Wildcats (8-0 NAC) and their huge following visited OFA to secure a 59-21 win and the program’s 40th straight victory featuring very familiar family names: some stretch back to the founding of the program by New York State Hall of Fame Coach Lacey Jones.

Leading this year’s team is Dillon Stowell who owns a number one ranking at 113 pounds in New York State’s Division II and chiselled 190-pounder Hunter Ayen who placed second at last year’s Eastern States Tournament and incurred his only loss this season to a 2012 New York State Division I finalist.

Stowell recorded a pin over Austin Lalonde in the 120-pound bout and Ayen moved up to 285 and recorded a fall to OFA’s reigning Section 10 Division II champion Nate Sarkin.

“Gouverneur has some great kids and they looked very good. We had some good wins but we also had a few guys who wrestled sloppy. You certainly can’t do that against Gouverneur,” said OFA Coach Bill Mitchell after his team suffered only its second loss of the NAC season.

OFA (5-2) recorded four wins on the night.

Andrew Cole posted his 101th career win via a forfeit by at 182 pounds after Alex Cole registered an impressive take-charge 31-second pin over Arden Ball at 170 pounds.

Cody Allen David secured a 7-6 win over Curtis Fuller at 152 pounds and Tanner LaPiene closed out the match at 99 pounds with a 15-0 technical fall over Derrick Stowell in 2:57.

Other Gouverneur pins came from Aaron Bush who posted an 18-1 technical fall over Josh Wangler at 126 pounds, Zach Ayen over Adam Rickett at 132 pounds, Joey Love over Glynn Breen at 138 pounds, Mark Countryman over Allen Smithers at 160 pounds and Justin Garrison over Justin Pratt at 190 pounds.

Joey Bush won a well executed 7-2 decision over Brody Sheppard at 106 pounds and Robbie Bell shaded a fast-finishing Bailey Phelps 8-6 at 145 pounds.

Robin Carr (113) and Mike Mandigo (220) received forfeits.

“We get them started young and work hard to keep them with us,” said Gouverneur Joel Baer offering a simple formula for the Gouverneur success.

“We have a very good group this year.”

Make that every year.

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