The start of the sectional wrestling season starts this weekend with championships in the various classes on Saturday.
Indian River, Carthage and Watertown will participate in the Class A tournament to be held at Fulton. The Warriors and the host Red Raiders will be the favorites for the team title. Fulton has won the Class A championship for the last 25 years.
Indian River has number one seeds in wrestlers Nick Toutant (126 and 132 pounds), Derrick Gray (138), Dylan Crowder (145), Sonny McPherson (170). Carthages Shayne Brady (182) and Trevor Gibbons (285) are the top seeds in their divisions.
South Jefferson travels to the Class B tournament at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill to try to add one more team title to coach Pat Connerss trophy case before he retires. The Spartans last won the team crown in 2005-06. South Jefferson is fresh off its victory at the Frontier League championships last weekend.
Adam Hutchinson (120), Holden Pelton (132), Daniel Smith (170), Logan LaFlamme (182, 195) and Ryan Charlebois (220) all are No. 1 seeds.
APW/Pulaski will also compete in the Class B tournament.
General Brown and Lowville represent the Frontier League in the Class C tournament at Hannibal. The Lions finished 2.5 points behind Canastota in last years tournament. The Red Raiders will look to improve on their seventh place finish from last year.
Tyler Silverthorn (160) is the only top seed for General Brown, which have four No. 2 seed. Brandon Fayle of Lowville is the top-ranked wrestler at 285.
Sandy Creek is hosting the Class D tournament and will attempt to win its seventh straight championship. The Comets will see a lot of familiar opponents in Copenhagen, South Lewis, Immaculate Heart Central and Beaver River.
Sandy Creek has three No. 1 seeds in Mason McNitt (160), Jake Benedict (170) and AJ Wills (195). IHCs Nick Koelmel (145), Beaver Rivers Isaiah Riccio (152) and Copenhagens Scott Hamblin (220) also earned top seeds.
The Section 3 Divisional championships are next weekend at SRC Arena in Syracuse. The state championship are Feb. 22-23 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Graduated scale OKed
Schools that combine for athletic purposes will not be treated the same as in the past after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted to use a graduated scale to determine a schools classification.
In a 12-10 vote by the NYPHSAA Executive Committee, the graduated scale for the five-sport classification cut off numbers will take the place of the 100 percent of BEDS numbers when two schools combine for athletic participation.
The graduated scale will work like this. The higher enrollment of the two schools is used as a base number. Then, the other school will be added according to the following scale: Class AA, 50 percent; Class A, 40 percent; Class B, 30 percent; Class C, 30 percent; and Class D, 20 percent.
The newly implemented scale will take effect for the 2013-2014 school year as a two-year pilot.
The executive committee also voted in favor of providing sections the option to participate in section uniforms at the NYSPHAA individual championships as long as no cost is incurred by the students, schools or sections. This will take effect immediately.
And the executive committee also voted unanimously in favor of granting girls ice hockey regional status for the 2013-14 season.
DOTTERER OUT OF HOSPITAL
Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy baseball coach Thomas Dotterer was released from the hospital on Monday after being shot in the face during a robbery at a liquor store on Jan. 23.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported that Dotterer, 77, visited friends and family at his business, Salina Liquors and Wine, only hours after being released from the hospital. Dotterer was shot in the eye during the robbery. Dotterer lost vision in the eye.
Police arrested Shireff J. Williams III on charges of robbery and assault.