Lyndonville’s Recco captures Section V championship

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Tony Recco, shown here in action during an earlier season match, captured the Section V Division 2 113 lb. title today, his second sectional championship in the last three years.

As a freshman in 2012 Lyndonville’s Tony Recco claimed a Section V title and went on to earn a state championship. Last year an injury prevented him from defending his sectional title or earning a return trip to the states.

However, today, Recco caught up a little on that lost time as he captured the Section V Division 2 (small schools ) 113 lb. crown in competition at SUNY Brockport earning a trip to the state championships.

Recco scored an 8-0 major decision victory over Adam West of Palmyra-Macedon in his championship bout.

He opened the competition with a lightning quick 16 second pin over Anthony Miraglia (Byron-Bergen) and then scored major decision wins of 10-2 over Jason Ellsworth (Attica) in the quarterfinals and 9-0 over Blake Antal (South Seneca) in the semifinals.

Lyndonville also had Devon Joy (145) place third, Jeff Gress Jr. (99) fifth and Tom Follman (152) sixth.

Joy rebounded from a quarterfinal round loss to score four straight victories in the consolation bracket with a pin and three decision wins to earn third place honors. He decisioned Devan Marsteiner (Sodus) 5-3 in the match for third place.

Gress opened the competition with a pair of pins but then lost in the semifinals 15-0 to Dane Heberlein (Alexander). He rebounded back to take fifth place by pinning Gunna O’Lena (Newark) in 4:25.

Holley had a pair of fourth place finishers in Martin Beadle (138) and Kevin Avery (152). Both lost in the semifinals an then dropped narrow decision wins in the matches for third and fourth place.

In the Section VI state qualifier at Niagara County Community College, Medina had a pair of fifth place finishers in Brennen Callara (106) and Joe Velez (113). Both lost in the quarterfinals but rebounded to score a pair of consolation bracket wins to earn fifth place honors.

Cameron Swick (120) of Barker/Roy-Hart also placed fifth.