Baldwinsville wrestlers rally, defeat Hannibal 43-42

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillewrestling Whether it was a reflection of where the programs stood or a strong display of character, the Baldwinsville wrestling team found an exciting way to win its 2019-20 season opener.The Bees trailed Hannibal by 15 points with three bouts left last Wednesday night, but won them all and, gaining the “criterium” point, defeated the Warriors 43-42.Twelve bouts were in the books and Hannibal had won seven of them to create a 42-27 advantage before Jarred McMonagle accepted a forfeit at 99 pounds.In the penultimate bout at 106 pounds, Aiden Cali claimed a tough 8-5 decision over Hannibal’s Jack Lamson, but that still meant it was 42-36 going into the 113-pound finale.Needing a pin, Mason Clark got it, putting Ben Alton’ s shoulders on the mat 45 seconds into the second period, and since B’ville now had won eight bouts to Hannibal’s seven, it got the tie-breaker.Max Naples had opened at 120 pounds by pinning Dominic Greenwood in 3:40, but the Warriors fout of the next five bouts, only interrupted at 145 pounds when Liam Fitzgerald edged Hunter Dumas 10-9.B’ville began to comeback with Ryan Hemund’s 68-second pin over 160-pound opponent Drew Butterfield. Tyler Southworth got a forfeit at 170 pounds and Fred Pickard, at 195 pounds, pinned Elijah Wirth in 1:45.When 285-pound heavyweight Naseim Perez lost 8-5 to Santana Salvador, it marked Hannibal’s last win before the Bees made its comeback in the lighter weight classes.Then B’ville ventured to Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday for the Andersen Tournament, where it finished ninth in a 19-team field with 78.5 points as Peru (162 points) took top honors.Just one Bees wrestler got to the finals – Perez, who pinned Newark’s Connor Simizon in 2:19 in the semifinals, only to drop the title bout to Canastota’s Mike Leibl in a 59-second fall.Cali got third place at 106, edging Fairport’s Chris Cialini 4-2 in the consolation bracket final. B’ville takes on West Genesee Wednesday before heading to the Phoenix Round Robin this Saturday at 10 a.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Oktay calls for 12th man noise on Sunday

January 6, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSharesGor mahia players celebrate Francis Kahata’s goal against NA Hussein Dey in a CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has issued a passionate plea to football fans to turn out in large numbers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday when they take on Angola’s Petro Atletico in a do-or-die CAF Confederations Cup match.Gor who sit bottom of Group D are eyeing a place in the quarter finals of the competition for the first time ever but must beat the Angolans regardless of the result Nasr Athletic Hussein Dey and Zamalek post in the other group match. “I want to ask my players number 12, the fans to come out and support us. Not only the Gor Mahia fans but all Kenyans because when we are playing, we represent Kenya. It doesn’t matter whether it is Gor Mahia, Bandari, Sharks or whoever is playing. When you are in this competition, you are representing the country,” Oktay noted.Gor have just the six points from their home wins against Zamalek and Hussein Dey. Had they posted better results away from home, then they would have finished the job early but now find themselves in a tricky situation.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay gestures on the touchline during their CAF Confederations Cup game against Egypt’s Zamalek at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaUnder pressure, Gor are not known to be the best. Last season, they only needed a point against Rwanda’s Rayon Sport to qualify for the quarters but they ended up losing 2-1. This year though, they are counting on their imperious home form to topple Petro.“We have made a plan, and a good plan for that matter. I am confident that we will win. I am not worried. We will play good football; that’s my philosophy because I want to see people happy,” the tactician stated.Gor’s preparations for this important tie have been slowed down with players going on strike over unpaid salaries and allowances, but the same was resolved and they managed to train on Friday evening.The league champions had to field only 15 players for Thursday’s league match against Kakamega Homeboyz and Capital Sports understands that some of the players who were to be rested were called in late after most of their mates boycotted the game.Gor Mahia’s Boniface Omondi (left) and Francis Mustafa celebrate the former’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is difficult for me to work like this because I didn’t even prepare much for this game. I tried talking to the players individually to ask them to come and even on the pitch before the game I tried talking to them. But we have talked and resolved,” the coach said.He added; “This is like a marriage. Sometimes you fight with your wife and it is normal to disagree. It is the same for football as well you might disagree. We are a big family and sometimes we disagree. We have problems but we have solved them.”The tactician has also decried the lack of help from league managers in postponing their games to allow them prepare better.“In Algeria, Hussein Dey had their games cancelled while for us before that, we played against Tusker with 10 men for 70 minutes three days before the game. We don’t mind playing three games in a week after we are done with CAF games. I think they should help us to prepare well and rest players,” the tactician offered.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more