By: Tim Birney | | January 23, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


ATHENS — Athens crowned four champions — juniors Gavin Bradley, Kaden Setzer, and Karter Rude, and sophomore Chris Bathgate — here Saturday at the annual Jarvis Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

The Wildcats also had one runner-up in senior Zach Stafursky, and four third-place finishers in juniors Lucas Forbes and Gavin McGrath, and freshmen Josh Courtney and Mason Vanderpool. Sayre sophomore Glen Romberger also recorded a third-place finish.

Bradley was 3-0 in march to first place at 113 pounds.

He recorded pins of 23 seconds over Mifflinburg’s Dylan Starr, and 4 seconds over Williamson’s Chelsea Hungerford.

Bradley finished his day with a 17-5 major decision of Benton’s Chase Burke.

Also at 113 pounds, Josh Courtney was 2-1 on the day to finish third.

Courtney forged a 14-0 major decision over Mifflinburg’s Dylan Starr in his first bout, lost via fall in 68 seconds to Burke in his next bout.

Courtney closed out the tournament with a pin of Hungerford in 28 seconds.

Setzer was dominant in his 138-pound title run, registering four falls — all in the first period.

He scored a 41-second fall over teammate Brock Dennison, and a 69-second fall over Benton’s Remington Morrow.

Setzer then decked Williamson’s Aiden Passerallo in 9 seconds, and finished off his day with a pin of Sayre senior Bobby Benjamin in 1:54.

Benjamin finished the day at 1-3, with a pin of Passerallo in 3:56 his only win. Dennison finished the day 0-4.

Rude also pinned his way to the 160-pound title, recording three first-period fall.

Rude pinned Williamson’s Cody Fleming in 1:54, then decked Benton’s Dereck Deitz in 28 seconds. He finished the day with a pin of Towanda’s Brandon Lantz in 77 seconds.

Bathgate went 3-0, including a pair of first-period falls to win the 152-pound title.

Bathgate pinned Towanda’s Zane McPeak in 1:20, and decked Benton’s Nick Stevens in 48 seconds. He also won via injury default over Towanda’s Evan Johnson.

Stafursky finished 2-1 to place second at 172 pounds.

Stafursky was pinned by returning PIAA place-finisher Nolan Lear (5th at 160 pounds) of Benton in 3:40 for his only setback of the day.

He pinned teammate Josiah Stringham in 1:28, and then edged Benton’s Mason Michael, 7-5, for his two wins

Stringham was 0-3 on the day.

At 120 pounds, Vanderpool was 2-2 to finish third, and sophomore Layla Bennett was 1-3.

Vanderpool pinned Williamson’s Mason Kelsey in 39 seconds, and Bennett in 1:50 for his two wins. He lost via fall to Benton’s Dylan Granahan and Mifflinburg’s Brady Struble, who finished 1-2 in the weight class.

Bennett’s win came via fall over Kelsey in 2:58.

McGrath went 1-2 to finish third in the 132-pound weight class. His lone win was a 34-second fall over Mifflinburg’s Jeremy Page.

He lost via technical fall to returning state qualifier Gable Strickland of Benton, and via fall to Williamson’s Nathaniel Welch. Strickland won the weight class with a technical fall of Welch.

At 145 pounds, Forbes went 2-2 to finish third in the weight class.

Forbes pinned teammate Jadon Rice in 3:20, and Towanda’s Garrett Chapman in 4:41 for his two wins.

He lost via second-period fall to Mifflinburg’s Troy Bingaman, and first-period fall to Benton’s Mason Smith. Bingaman was 4-0, including a technical fall win over Smith, to win the weight class.

Romberger finished 3-1 on the day to finish third in the 189-pound weight class.

Romberger registered falls over Athens junior Colin Rosh in 3:48, Williamson’s Ian Bump in 30 seconds, and Williamson’s Jonathan Melendez in 1:14.

His lone loss was via first-period pinfall to Benton’s Jake Bobersky, who won the weight class.

Rosh finished 0-4 on the day.

At 285 pounds, freshman Josh Nittinger was 1-2 on the day, logging a first-period fall of Towanda’s Jared Gunther for his only win.

Other champs on the day were Towanda’s J.B. Parker at 106 pounds, Mifflinburg’s Gabe Gramly at 126, Williamson’s Mike Sipps at 215, and Mifflinburg’s Emmanuel Ulrich at 285.

Athens returns to action Tuesday at Troy, while Sayre travels to Canton Tuesday.


About the Author

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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.