Gator wrestlers clinch seventh consecutive AML title

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
February 19, 2009

Back in December, a local newspaper’s Allegheny Mountain League wrestling preview posed the question, “Is this the year Port Allegany gets dethroned?”

As one might expect, a copy of the story has spent the season on prominent display in the practice room at the high school. And last Friday night in the Port Allegany gym, the Gator matmen answered that query once and for all with a resounding “no,” wrapping up their seventh consecutive AML championship and extending their league winning streak to 54 duals with dominating victories over Sheffield (3-19), 78-0, and Kane (1-8), 72-6. No surprises there; Port overwhelmed its AML opposition in 2008-09, winning eight league matches by an average 64-11 score.

But when asked what it meant to him to keep the program at the top of the league, first-year head coach Sean Lathrop deflected any credit for the team’s success.

“It’s really not me, it’s the kids,” he said. “They’re more interested in the streak, and keeping it rolling. They don’t want to be the class that loses the streak; that’s something that’s been passed down. Having Alan (Lovell) and Brian (Neal) in the wrestling room helping coach – they were part of it.”

Making up two dual meets at the same time allowed 20 different Gator wrestlers to step onto the mat on Friday night, including some who don’t often get a chance to compete at the varsity level.

“That was something the kids wanted to do,” Lathrop explained. “That was the starters’ idea. We’ve got a bunch of unselfish kids.”

Earlier in the week, the Gators traveled to Oswayo Valley with similar results, rolling over the Green Wave 72-6. Tom Caden, Chet Tanner, and Dylan Major picked up pins for Port, which completed the dual-meet season with a 17-9 record.

Now, it’s time to focus on individual goals at this weekend’s District 9 championships in Clarion. And with several wrestlers likely to garner high rankings at Tuesday evening’s seeding meeting in Brockway, “I think we can fare well down there,” Lathrop said. Returning district and regional champion Major (31-3) heads that list, with fellow captains Adam Greenman (27-7), Zigmund Reichenbach (22-11), and Damen Brodhun (20-15), plus talented sophomores Tanner (28-2) and Ryan Kio (19-13), all sure to draw their share of attention.

No matter how far his wrestlers go from here, Lathrop is pleased with the results of his first season at the helm.

“The coaching staff and I feel fortunate to be able to coach a group of kids like this, and we’d also like to thank all the fans who have supported us through the year by showing up at our matches,” he said.

At Shinglehouse, 2/11:
Port Allegany 72, Oswayo Valley 6
103: Tom Caden (PA) 1:54 Haupt; 112: Ryan Kio (PA) forfeit; 119: Brandon Goodreau (PA) forfeit; *125: Ken Causer (PA) forfeit; 130: Chet Tanner (PA) 3:21 Harris; 135: Justin Lewis (PA) forfeit; 140: Brad Goodreau (PA) forfeit; 145: Kellogg (OV) 9-4 Koty Milford; 152: Adam Greenman (PA) forfeit; 160: Cole Caulkins (PA) forfeit; 171: Norton (OV) 8-5 Zig Reichenbach; 189: Dylan Major (PA) :31 Williams; 215: Damen Brodhun (PA) forfeit; 285: Zach Manning (PA) forfeit.

At Port Allegany, 2/13:
Port Allegany 78, Sheffield 0
103: Troy Halle (PA) forfeit; 112: Kio (PA) :57 Carnegie; 119: Marcus Borowsky (PA) forfeit; 125: Pat Lacher (PA) 11-2 T. Mosher; 130: Tanner (PA) forfeit; 135: Lewis (PA) forfeit; 140: Brad Goodreau (PA) 11-1 M. Mosher; 145: Benn Baxter (PA) 1:25 Smith; 152: Greenman (PA) 1:27 Chittester; 160: Ryan Bodamer (PA) :52 Powell; 171: Reichenbach (PA) forfeit; 189: Brodhun (PA)14-0 Parsons; 215: Major (PA) :48 Hahn; *285: Manning (PA) forfeit.

Port Allegany 72, Kane 6
*103: Bryan Lacher (PA) forfeit; 112: Kio (PA) TF 18-2 Hulings, 4:12; 119: Brandon Goodreau (PA) 3:16 Asp; 125: Causer (PA) forfeit; 130: Tanner (PA) forfeit; 135: Lewis (PA) forfeit; 140: Brad Goodreau (PA) forfeit; 145: Milford (PA) 3-0 Zuzek; 152: Greenman (PA) forfeit; 160: Welch (K) 5:19 Dalton Warnick; 171: Reichenbach (PA) 12-0 Allen; 189: Major (PA) forfeit; 215: Brent Frontino (PA) forfeit; 285: Manning (PA) forfeit.

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