Kodie Simpson looks to improve his position against Peru's Dustin Neyer.
While the Peru Indians opened the 2011-12 wrestling season with a 71-6 victory over the AuSable Valley Patriots Nov. 30, both teams came away from the event with a positive outlook.
The Patriots scored wins in two of the six contested matches, with Matt Lamere wrestling at 160 scoring a 5-2 victory and Kodie Simpson at 170 winning 4-0.
The Indians scored wins in the other four, with Josh Wright scoring a 15-0 tech fall at 152, Luke McKee scoring an opening minute pin at 220, Derrick Cumber scoring a first round pin at 285 and Max Marte getting a first round pin.
Eight matches were awarded to the Indians by forfeit, and the 195-lbs. division was not contested due to both competitors failing to make weight.
The Northern Adirondack Bobcats kept pace with the Indians in the early season, as they scored a 37-34 win over the Saranac Chiefs in their season opener.
The Bobcats opened the match with four straight victories, as Jackson Sunderland scored a 10-4 victory at 152, Justin Kellett won by pin at 160, Matt Lashway scored a 9-2 decision and Garrett Giroux won by pin, giving the Bobcats a 18-0 lead.
The Chiefs rallied to tie the match with three straight pins by Ben Perry at 195, Paul Herrera at 220 and Josh Ryan at 285.
The Bobcats responded in the lower weight classes, as Austin Trombley scored a 10-0 major decision at 99 and Rusty Pombrio scored an 8-3 decision at 106. A following forfeit at 113 gave the Bobcats a 31-18 lead.
The Chiefs won the next three matches but were only able to get one six-point pin by Trevor Goddeau at 126 while Codie Gillette scored a 7-0 decision at 120 and Austin LaTulip was able to get an escape for a 1-0 win at 132. The wins cut the lead to one point at 31-30.
In the 138-lbs. match, Matt Carter clinched the victory for the Bobcats with a second period pin, giving the team a 37-30 lead. Mike Phillips won the final match with a decision at 145.
Lady Eagles win tourney
The Westport Lady Eagles used an 18-12 fourth quarter and strong play late from all-state star Willa McKinley to beat the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions 48-44 in the championship game of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Tournament at ELCS.
McKinley was 8-for-9 from the free throw line and scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half to help lead the Eagles to their second win of the season and drop the Lions to 3-1. McKinley also finished with four steals and six rebounds.
Allison Sherman added 16 points for the Eagles, while Karin Dorsey combined three points with six rebounds, Karlee McGee scores three points with two boards, Brendee Russell scored two points with three assists and six steals and Mallory Sudduth scored two points. Emily French added a rebound.
For the Lions, newcomer Savanah Graves was the team’s third leading scorer in the first four games of the season, combining 11 points with six rebounds and four steals.
Lily Whalen added 10 points with six rebounds and a pair of assists, steals and blocks. Kearsten Ashline scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds with two assists, while Shonna Brooks scored eight points, also with six rebounds and two assists. Jasmine Barnes added six points.
Kylee Cassavaugh contributed with five assists and three steals, while Jen McGinn recorded five rebounds and three steals.
In Saranac Lake, the Tupper Lake Lady Lumberjacks got 18 points from Katie Stuart as they scored a 40-33 win.
Carley Aldridge and Kelsie St. Louis each scored nine points in the win, while Sam Sanford and Kristin Bickford each scored two points.
For the Lady Red Storm, Regan Kieffer scored 12 points, while Nicole Viscardo scored eight points, Jazzmyn Tuthill scored five points and Megan Moody scored four points. Megan Kilroy and Remy Orticelle each scored two points in the loss.