Avery Leonard won his third Center State Conference wrestling title with a championship Saturday, Feb. 1, at Cooperstown’s Red Bursey Gymnasium.
Leonard, a junior from Milford, who won at 99 pounds in 2018, and 113 pounds last year, pinned Kyle Musachio of Canastota at 1:54 of the first period to take the title. Leonard won four matches Saturday, and is 38-4 this season, according to CNYwrestling.com, with 23 pins and two technical falls.
Lucas LoRusso earned a second-place finish for the Hawkeyes in the varsity 113-pound division, falling to Bryar Croniser of Adirondack at 1:38 of the first period in the final.
Cooperstown also received fourth-place finishes from Lowell Wilsey and Lucian Lytel, fifth-place finishes from Henry Loeffler and Logan Doucas, a sixth-place finish from Sam Rhodes and a seventh-place finish from Ian Poole.
The Hawkeyes totaled 88.5 team points to place seventh out of 10 teams.
Dolgeville won the meet with 158.5 points, edging second-place Mount Markham by 3.5 points.
Cv-s- 56, Milford 26
Top seed Cherry Valley-Springfield took care of visiting No. 8 Milford in the first round of the TVL playoffs.
The Patriots took a 24-7 lead after the first quarter and scored 32 points over the following three frames.
Sarah Lewis, Kendra McGovern and Joleen Lusk combined for 48 of Cherry Valley-Springfield’s total points as Lewis led with 17, McGovern had 16 and Lusk followed with 15.
Lusk earned a double-double with 11 rebounds while also recording three blocks. McGovern picked up five boards, six steals and five assists to go along with her 16 points.
The Patriots connected on 22 field goals and finished with a 5-for-8 clip on free throws.
The Wildcats were highlighted by Samantha Harvey’s seven points, five of them coming from the foul line.
Adrianna Greiner and LeeAnna West each registered four points while Abigail Clapper and Teegan Gale each had three points for Milford.
CV-S will host No. 4 Edmeston in the second round of the TVL tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
Edmeston 48, Milford 45
A fast start pushed Edmeston past host Milford Friday in the Tri-Valley League.
The Panthers led, 21-12, after the first quarter and, 33-20, at halftime before the Wildcats outscored the visitors 25-25 in the second half.
Logan Lund (14 points), Madison Bolton and Maria Williams (13 points each) paced the Edmeston offense.
Leeanna West and Teeghan Gale each slotted 10 points for Milford and Gale added 16 rebounds for a double-double.
Cooperstown 51, SV 15
Cooperstown cruised past visiting Sauquoit Valley in a Center State Conference Division III contest.
The Hawkeyes took a 24-2 lead after eight minutes, extended the score to 34-4 at halftime and then outscored Sauquoit Valley, 16-11, in the second half.
Kate Donnelly and Piper Seamon each recorded team highs as Donnelly scored 15 points while Seamon (10 points) drained two 3-pointers.
Cooperstown also received seven points, 10 rebounds and seven steals from Meagan Schuermann.
The Hawkeyes ended up with four field goals from long range as Donnelly and Anna Lambert each hit one.
CVA 77, Cooperstown 62
Cooperstown could not complete a comeback against host Central Valley Academy in a non-division Center State Conference game.
After trailing 41-22 at halftime, the Hawkeyes outscored CVA 21-18 and 19-18 in quarters three and four, respectively, but it was not enough.
Joe Senchyshyn was one assist shy of earning a triple-double for Cooperstown as the junior forward registered 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
John Kennedy led Hawkeyes in scoring with 20 points while Ryan Lansing had 10 points.
Cooperstown made 26 field goals, including two baskets from beyond the arc, and drained seven free throws.
Spencer Lewis (three points) and David Valmas (three points) converted the Hawkeyes’ long balls.
Edmeston 78, Milford 25
Edmeston earned a decisive home win over Milford on senior night in a Tri-Valley League meeting.
Josh Martin tallied 19 points on eight field goals and drained three long-range jumpers.
Garrett Lum contributed 12 points on five field goals, including two three-pointers, and Nathan Jennings scored 11 points on four field goals.
“Our press really started to bother them in the second quarter,” Panthers coach Darren Belden said. “Offensively, we moved the ball really well tonight.”
Edmeston led, 14-9, at the end of the first quarter, but quickly expanded that lead, scoring 24 points in the second and holding Milford to three.
Edmeston also had 11 three-pointers to Milford’s one.
Cameron Cintron scored 10 points on four field goals for Milford, including their lone three-pointer, and was the only Wildcat in double figures.