Wrestlers grapple in Albany

CL’s Rowe makes semifinals

OBSERVER Photos by Joe Conti Above, Ripley’s Bryce Rowe, wrestling for the Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Clymer-Panama combined team, puts Duanesburg’s Charlie Grygas in a headlock Friday during the NYSPHAA State Championships Friday in Albany. Below, Fredonia’s Giovanni Russo (left) grabs Riley Berger of Camden during Friday’s meet.

ALBANY — Five local wrestlers competed at the NYSPHAA State Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday. Chautauqua Lake-Westfield-Clymer-Panama’s Bryce Rowe made the semifinals and will go for a championship today.

Rowe, seeded third in the 160-pound weight class, beat Mike Wilmot of Section 4’s Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton in a 10-0 major decision. In the second round, Rowe won by major decision again, a 12-4 score over sixth-seeded Charlie Grygas of Section 2’s Duanesburg.

Another CL-W-C-P wrestler, Brendan Ramsey, lost his first match as the 15th seed in the 120-pound bracket. No. 2 seed Brady Worthing, from Tioga of Section 4, took a 4-0 decision over him.

The third competitor for CL-W-C-P, unseeded wild card Ben Szymanowski (220 pounds), lost an opening-round bout to Tylor Barnhart of Section 5’s Livonia-Wayland-Cohocton by a 14-8 decision.

Hector Colom, wrestling in the 132-pound class for Fredonia and seeded third, lost his opening match with Bryant Sexton of Section 4’s SVEC by a 6-4 overtime decision.

Another Fredonia wrestler, Giovanni Russo, who got into the tourney as an at-large hopeful after another wrestler bowed out due to illness, also lost in overtime in the first round. Riley Gerber, who wrestles for Section 3’s Camden, beat Russo in a 7-5 decision.