By Rob Potter
LIBERTY February 15, 2002 The Monticello wrestlers got the best of the Liberty grapplers Tuesday night in what was the final OCIAA National Conference meet of the season for both teams.
Visiting Monticello (3-10, 1-5-1 OCIAA) beat Liberty (0-12, 0-6 OCIAA) by a 51-20 margin in the conference finale.
The Indians fared better at the middle weights, as Josh Sprague and Ryan Ringi picked up pinfall wins at 135 lbs. and 140 lbs., respectively. Teammate Andrew Covitt won his 152 lbs. match by decision.
But the Panthers held the advantage at both the lightweight and heavyweight classes. At 130 lbs., Scott Kaplan won by decision and Wayne Vander Meulen (171 lbs.) and Matt Holmes (189 lbs.) recorded pinfall victories.
Both Liberty Coach John Lennon and Monticello Coach Ed Kaufmann recognized that each team was having a down season. Therefore, they juggled their respective lineups in an effort to make the meet as fair and competitive as possible.
John (Lennon) and I always try to match the kids up so everybody has a decent match, Kaufmann said. We try to generate more excitement for wrestling up here (in Sullivan County). I think things were pretty evenly matched tonight.
Lennon concurred with Kaufmann.
It was a good meet, everybody wrestled really well, he said. Everbody had a good match and everybody had the opportunity to learn something.
Complete results are as follows:
96 lbs. Chris Ng (Monticello) won by forfeit; 103 Jimmy Conway (M) won by forfeit; 112 Cono Cirone (M) won by forfeit; 119 Dan Ratner (Liberty) pinned Casey DeGraw (M) at 1:45; 125 Kyle Fried (M) won by forfeit; 130 Scott Kaplan (M) defeated Mark LaGattuta by a 9-5 decision; 135 Josh Sprague (L) pinned David Dunlap (M) at 1:32; 140 Ryan Ringi (L) defeated Kyle Brasington (M) by a 14-2 decision; 145 Josh Janove (M) pinned Lauren Michard (L) at 1:45; 152 Andrew Covitt (L) defeated Eric Shulman (M) by a 8-4 decision; 160 No Contest; 171 Wayne Vander Meulen (M) pinned Chris Perez (L) at :41; 189 Matt Holmes (M) pinned Pete Pekany (L) at 1:24; 215 Billy Steinberg (M) won by forfeit; 275 No Contest.