Leonard wins Coop Invitational


Avery Leonard won the 120 pound championship to help Cooperstown/Milford wrestling place fifth in its home tournament, the Cooperstown Invitational Scramble at Cooperstown Central School on Monday, Dec. 30. 

Leonard, a junior at Milford Central School, pinned Mount Markham's Aydin DeForrest in the championship round. Leonard, who placed third in the state in small school wrestling at 106 pounds in 2019, is 16-2 this season, according to CNYwrestling.com. He went 5-0 Monday, with four first-round pins and a technical fall. 

T.J. O'Connor, an eighth grader at Milford, placed second at 113 pounds, losing only to Ashton Thompson of Rome Free Academy in the finals, 7-4. O'Connor is also 16-2 this season, according to CNYwrestling.com. He went 4-1 Monday. 

Whitesboro won the meet with 244 points, edging second-place Watervliet by 6.5 points, thanks in part to Whitesboro's Jeff Robinson beating Watervliet's Patrick Moore, 9-5, in the 132 pound championship. That was the only championship match between the two top-placing teams. 

Cooperstown scored 140.5 points, well below fourth-place Mount Markham (181 points), but seven points better than sixth place Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. 

Logan Kantor (120 pounts) and Ian Poole (220 pounds) won the consolation finals, while Lucian Lytel (154 pounds) and Lucas LoRusso (120 pounds) each placed fourth for Cooperstown, which is at Oneonta High School this weekend for the Oneonta Rotary Ross Cordell Wrestling Tournament. 




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