COBLESKILL – On a night when everything went the Cobleskill-Richmondville wrestling program’s way, it was only fitting that the Bulldogs captured their first-ever Section II Division 2 dual meet championship in front of a packed house — and, in dramatic fashion.
With the contest hanging in the balance against Tamarac in the closing matches Tuesday night, senior Hunter Edwards pinned Jack Mays in 50 seconds as the Cobleskill faithful stomped their feet on the wooden bleachers in anticipation of taking the final lead. Sophomore Mason Cooper then provided the finishing move of the night, taking down Bengal Tony Derival early on in the 220-pound final and turning him on his back for the 40-second pin and secure the title, 48-39.
“I really thought it came down to the flip at the beginning of the match who had choices at the crucial matches,” Cobleskill coach Justin Kimball said. “Luckily we had the flip we were able to maneuver and move some people around, and that really, really helped our team.”
Starting at 285 pounds in the final, the contest was tied twice through just four bouts, with Cobleskill holding on to a precious three-point lead after Tamarac’s Bobby Treshock pinned Jace Rehberg in 41 seconds.
The Bengals took the lead, 33-30, after Tyler Filarecki pinned Keagan Adriance at 160 pounds in three minutes, 49 seconds. Tamarac expanded on its lead, 39-30 when Andrew Yerdon pinned Zach Yorke in 34 seconds at 170 before the Bulldog heavyweights provided the finishing moves to seal the win.
Ethan Cooper set the table for Edwards and Mason Cooper, pinning Greg Mays at 1:38 and cutting the Bengals’ lead to just three points, 39-36 with the final two bouts remaining.
“I tried to just put all the pressure out of my head, just go and do my job,” Hunter Edwards said. “I know coach wanted a pin, so the only thing on my mind was go in and get six points.”
After the takedown, Edwards cradled Mays’ head and leaned into his upper torso, punishing him against the mat looking for the pin.
With the referee close enough to smell the sweat of both grapplers, his hand waiting to be raised for the pin, the Bulldog crowd began to pound their feet in unison on the wooden bleachers cheering on Edwards’ grip looking for the hand slap to the mat.
“I’m thinking I’m gonna squeeze as hard as I possibly can to get this kid on his back,” Edwards said. “Try to pin him because I was watching the clock, and I’m just thinking, I gotta squeeze harder, I gotta squeeze harder, get him, finish him.”
Just 70 seconds in, he finished the job and gave Cobleskill the slight lead, 42-39, not a guaranteed victory, but the pin and the crowd gave Mason Cooper all the motivation he needed.
“I watch every match and then I see the crowd clap, and it was one of the best motivations I’ve ever had,” Mason Cooper said.
He didn’t waste any time, shooting at the legs of Derival, putting him onto the mat and then moving up for the 40-second pin.
“I mean, that’s always the plan, you just want to get in there, get your job done and get out,” Cooper said.
With the two-dual match victories Tuesday, the Bulldogs earned a trip to the state dual meet championships Feb. 1 at Onondaga Community College to take on winners from throughout the state.
“I mean, it’s not just a trip to Syracuse, but it really establishes our school as a wrestling powerhouse and it shows all of Section II, even beyond the team [title], that the [Section II] individual tournament, we’re coming, we’re coming to win,” Edwards said. “I think it sets a lot up for even the state tournament, because we had teams like Tamarac and Warrensburg … Warrensburg went all the way a couple of years ago, and they’re definitely a talented squad. So I think it means a lot to us.”
COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE (CR) 48, TAMARAC (T) 39
99: Trevor Bishop (T) by forfeit; 106: Kyber Henry (CR) pinned D`Vante Ortiz, 4:56; 113: Torin Bishop (T) pinned John Oldorff, 2:37; 120: Luke Yorke (CR) pinned Ty Roadcap, 2:17; 126: Gus Spohn (CR) pinned Dylan Grogan, 0:29; 132: Christian Crandall (T) pinned Nyssa Roennpagel, 5:16; 138: Bryan Macky (T) dec. Luke Pryor, 9-2; 145: Greg Hotaling (CR) pinned Aiden Schmidt, 2:51; 152: Bobby Treshock (T) pinned Jace Rehberg, 0:41; 160: Tyler Filarecki (T) pinned Keagan Adriance, 2:49; 170: Andrew Yerdon (T) pinned Zach Yorke, 0:34; 182: Ethan Cooper (CR) pinned Greg Mays, 1:38; 195: Hunter Edwards (CR) pinned Jack Mays, 1:10; 220: Masen Cooper (CR) pinned Tony Duriviel, 0:40; 285: Jeff Crooks (CR) pinned Joe Mays, 0:30.