Medina Journal-Register — SANBORN — Sophomore Joe Velez and freshman Brennen Callara both placed fifth in their respective weight classes at the 2014 Section VI Div. 2 Wrestling Championships and New York State Championships Qualifier hosted by Niagara County Community College Saturday.
Velez, who wrestled in the 113-pound bracket, and Callara, a 106-pound participant, each finished with a record of 3-2 at day’s end. Medina’s other participant, sophomore Charles Beach, failed to place as he was knocked out of the 182-pound bracket in the first round by way of a 10-4 decision.
Velez’s results consisted of a 5-2 win by decision in round one, a loss by way of pin in the quarterfinals, a 5-3 win in the consolation round, a 3-1 loss in the consolation semifinals and a 3-1 win in the fifth-place match.
Callara won his first-round matchup with a pin, lost 3-1 in the quarterfinals, won in the consolation round 14-5, lost in the consolation semifinals 9-0 and won in the fifth-place match by pinning his second opponent of the day.
“They’re close with a lot of their opponents so overall I was pleased with their performances,” Mustangs head coach Eric Gross said about his wrestlers. “It’s not the outcome they want and it’s not what they trained for, but I think they’ve gotten better throughout the year and progressed. That’s what we look for in anything.”
Gross said he knew coming in to the tournament that his wrestlers had a chance to make it far.
“We knew they would have to put together four good matches to be a champion at this tournament and we knew they had a tough road ahead of them, but if they put up a good tournament they could be in the finals,” Gross said. “It’s a process and sometimes they won’t see the results until their junior or senior year.”