Leading off today:
The field of automatic qualifiers for the NYSPHSAA dual-meet wrestling championships was completed in dramatic fashion Saturday as Patchogue-Medford
rallied past Commack 42-35 for the Section 11 Division I crown.
Commack won four of the first five bouts to open a 15-point lead before Liam Wolf of Patchogue-Medford pulled off an improbable reversal of fortune. Trailing 12-3 against Jack Cassidy entering the third period of the 160-pound contest, Wolf executed a textbook cradle and registered a pin in 4:48 -- his fourth fall of the day -- to give the Raiders the spark they needed. P-M competitors won the next five bouts, including two by pin.
Anthony Spataro's pin of Tom Sparling in 58 seconds at 106 pounds gave the Raiders a 42-24 lead and clinched the win.
"We were in trouble at the moment, as things weren't looking good," P-M coach Tom Anello said. "We came out flat and Commack took a big lead. We needed a spark, someone to get us going. And Wolf was our guy."
Said Wolf, who dropped down from 170 for the tournament: "I hit the cradle, locked him up and it was over. I got through that awful second period and I was mad at myself.
Here are the automatic qualifiers for next Saturday's dual-meet championships at SRC Arena in Syracuse:
- Division I: Fox Lane (Sec. 1), Shenendehowa (2), Fulton (3), Horseheads (4), Spencerport (5), Niagara Wheatfield (6), MacArthur (8), Minisink Valley (9), Patchogue-Medford (11).
- Division II: Nanuet (Sec. 1), Cobleskill-Richmondville (2), Central Valley Academy (3), Tioga (4), Palmyra-Macedon (5), Falconer (6), Saranac (7), Clarke (8), Port Jervis (9), Gouverneur (10), Mount Sinai (11).
One of the oldest state girls records is officially in peril with the news that Leah Pasqualetti
of Orchard Park cleared 14 feet in the pole vault Saturday in the eighth annual Trent Jackson/Cedric Walker Invitational
at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Pasqualetti's leap, the best scholastic mark in the country this season, puts her within striking distance of the state indoor mark of 14-2 by Lancaster's Mary Saxer in 2005.
Other highlights of the meet included:
Roaring out of the gate:
- Frontier's 3,200-meter relay of Josh Peron, Brian Gleason, Connor O'Brien and Preston Bova breaking the Section 6 record with a 7:56.05 clocking for the No. 1 time in the state this winter.
- Monique Hardy of Webster Thomas took the national lead in the 20-pound weight throw with a heave of 63 feet.
Cambridge scored 45 first-quarter points and blew past Berne-Knox 83-41 in girls Class C basketball. Sophie Phillips tallied 24 points, Stasia Epler 19 and Lilly Phillips 15 for Cambridge
, ranked No. 1 in the state and Berne-Knox 17th by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Boys basketball: Fourth-ranked Albany Academy made a Class A showdown against No. 7 Park School one-sided with a big second quarter en route to a 68-47 victory over the Pioneers.
Senior Andre Jackson posted 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter as Albany Academy stretched a 14-8 lead into a 33-16 advantage. Park shot just 1-for-10 in the second quarter.