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HS wrestling: Lions pass test against Warriors, 51-24


DEXTER — With the two big competitions coming in the next week, the General Brown wrestling team was looking for a solid challenge.

The Lions passed that test with flying colors as they beat Indian River, 51-24, in a Frontier League interdivision meet on Thursday. Coach Mike Hartle said the match was a good measuring stick.

“It was a good test,” Hartle said. “It kind of shows us where we are.”

General Brown (18-0, 6-0) faces a tough week. It is the top seed for Saturday’s Section 3 dual-meet championships at Cicero-North Syracuse.

The Lions, ranked fourth in the latest New York State High School Sportswriters Small School poll, then face “B” Division rival and No. 5 South Jefferson on Wednesday in Adams.

Senior Tyler Silverthorn said he’s looking forward to the upcoming slate.

“I think they are going to be a challenge, but I think we can win,” said Silverthorn, who is 25-4 with 15 pins this season.

The Warriors (11-9, 6-1) and the Spartans are also in this Saturday’s 16-team field as Indian River is the 11th seed and South Jefferson is No. 4. General Brown will face Phoenix in the opening round, while South Jefferson and Indian River will face Liverpool and Camden, respectively.

Thursday’s meet was also senior night for General Brown, and all four seniors that wrestled won their matches.

Garrett Fields at 120 pounds and Silverthorn (160) took their matches via pin, with Silverthorn’s win coming in 46 seconds over Indian River’s Chris Davis.

Fellow seniors Ryan Snow (126) and Colton Erb (220) each earned decisions over their opponents.

Scott Bluto (138), Kyle O’Connor (152) and Dylan Bice (195) also earned wins via fall for General Brown, which won six of the first seven matches to take a 30-6 lead.

Despite the strong start, Silverthorn said there is still room for improvement.

“We got to just be smarter,” he said. “We missed a lot of opportunities (tonight) and did not capitalize on them.”

Indian River coach Jamee Call said he knew it would be hard to win.

“I knew this was going to be a tough match coming into here,” he said. “They (General Brown) came and were ready to wrestle.”

Tucker Amato (106), Damian Lynch (132), Sonny McPherson (170) and Dylan Ashwood (285) also earned wins by fall for the Warriors. Call said the Frontier League has chance to make a strong showing on Saturday.

“I think we’re in an OK position,” he said. “I think General Brown is in a great position and South Jeff has their work cut out for them.

“I just hope maybe the Frontier League can go down there and bring home a title,” Call added.

General Brown raced out to 9-0 lead after the pin by Fields in 2:29 over Garrett Putnam, and Snow’s 3-0 win over fellow state competitor Nick Toutant. Snow was looking forward to avenging a 10-4 loss he suffered at the 2013 Frontier League championships.

“I really wanted revenge,” said Snow, who is 24-4 with 14 pins. “I’ve been drilling all year.”

Lynch’s win over Wyatt Dees made the score 9-6 General Brown, but the Lions took four straight, including two pins. Hartle said that stretch was key to the victory.

“Any bit of momentum you can get is beneficial.” Hartle said. “If someone can start the ball rolling and keep it rolling, it’s hard to stop it.”

McPherson’s pin of Jacob Joanette in 5:36 stopped the run, but General Brown then won three straight bouts before the teams split the last four matches.

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