Rowe wins state championship

Chautauqua Lake wrestler edges top seed in final at states in Albany

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Chautauqua Lake’s Bryce Rowe, left, reaches to embrace his uncle and coach, Brad Rowe, after winning the state final in the Division II 160-pound class at the state wrestling championships in Albany on Saturday.

ALBANY — Bryce Rowe is a state champion.

The Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Clymer-Panama wrestler won the 160-pound Division II bracket at the Times Union Center. Rowe, who made the tournament as a wild card, made a Cinderella run to the final against top-seeded Jacob Nolan of Section 7’s Saranac.

Rowe decisioned Nolan, 2-1, in a tense, tight final. Tied 1-1 in the last period, Rowe managed a reversal on Nolan with just 10 seconds left to score the winning point.

The win was extra special for his coach, Brad Rowe: Bryce is his nephew.

“It was a tight match all the way around,” Brad Rowe said. “There wasn’t too many mistakes (made).

“Bryce really put things together at the end,” he added.

Rowe beat another Chautauqua County competitor, Dan Torres of Falconer-Cassadaga Valley, in the semifinal earlier Saturday. That bout was a 4-3 decision.

“I really wished he could’ve met Dan Torres in the final instead of the semis,” Brad Rowe said of his nephew.