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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | December 17, 2021 | Photo courtesy Shannon McCarty


WAVERLY — Waverly picked up forfeits in the final three weight classes to rally for a 40-30 win over SVEC here Friday nigh in IAC wrestling action.

"We were down three starters — Nico Rae, Austin Ingham, and Gage Tedesco — so our remaining starters had to pull together," said Waverly coach Devan Witman, who watched the live stream of the match from home due to an illness.

"The two matches that stick out are Landon McCarty, who was down four, getting the fall against a tough Kaleb Smith," noted Witman.

"And, Jake Besecker getting the major over (Taya) Beach, who he had lost to over the weekend," added Witman.

The teams traded pin falls in the early going, and the two teams ended up splitting the eight weight classes contested on the mat.

Tyler Knickerbocker gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead with a first-period pin at 160 pounds, but Waverly junior Braeden Hills answered with a pin in 1:49 at 172 pounds to tie the match at 6-6.

SVEC standout Devin Beach scored a first-period fall at 189 pounds, but 8th-grader Troy Beeman tied the match at 12-12 with a pin in 2:22 at 215 pounds.

At 285 pounds, Waverly junior Ty Beeman scored the initial takedown, but John Hammond countered and scored the fall at 3:39 to give SVEC an 18-12 lead.

"Ty (Beeman) took a tough loss when he was up 2-0," said Witman. "I don't think Ty loses to him again."

There was no match at 102, and SVEC's Caden Ruben received a forfeit at 110 pounds to give the Eagles a 24-12 lead.

McCarty, a junior, started the Wolverines' comeback with a pin of Smith in 1:35 at 118 pounds, and Besecker, at 126, forged a 12-1 major decision win over Taya Beach to trim the deficit to 24-22.

SVEC's Shane Neal extended the Eagles' lead to 30-22 with a second-period fall at 132 pounds, but Waverly juniors Connor Stotler (138), and Mason Ham (145), and freshman Dustyn Gingerich (152) received forfeits to close out the match.

Waverly returns to action Wednesday at the Athens Duals.




160: Tyler Knickerbocker (SVEC) by fall over Braeden Nichols (W), 1:50;
172: Braeden Hills (W) by fall over John Johnston III (SVEC), 1:49;
189: Devin Beach (SVEC) by fall over Andrew Kimble (W), 1:13;
215: Troy Beeman (W) by fall over Ezekiel Foster (SVEC), 2:22;
285: John Hammond Jr (SVEC) by fall over Ty Beeman (W), 3:39;
102: No match;
110: Caden Ruben (SVEC) by forfeit;
118: Landon McCarty (W) by fall over Kaleb Smith (SVEC), 1:35;
126: Jake Besecker (W) major dec. Tayah Beach (SVEC), 12-1;
132: Shane Neal (SVEC) by fall over Seth Noto (W), 2:32;
138: Connor Stotler (W) by forfeit;
145: Mason Ham (W) by forfeit;
152: Dustyn Gingerich (W) by forfeit;


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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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).