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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | January 11, 2023


WAVERLY — Waverly won all nine contested weight classes — eight of them by fall — in a 70-6 win over Dryden here Wednesday night in IAC Large School wrestling action.

After a Dryden forfeit to 7th-grader Drayton DeKay at 102 pounds, 8th-grader Caden Bradley brought the Waverly Parents’ Night crowd to its feet with a pin of Wyatt Curtis in 1:49.

The Purple Lions put their only points of the night on the board at 118 pounds with a forfeit to Oscar Brotherton at 118 pounds.

The rest of the night belonged to the Wolverines.

Sophomore Jake Besecker started a 10-bout win streak with a 10-2 major decision over Christopher Green at 126 pounds, and senior Mason Ham ignited a string of pins with first-period fall over Paul Best Jr. at 132 pounds.

Junior Braeden Nichols decked Dean Belden in 2:58 at 138 pounds, and senior Connor Stotler pinned Nicholas Bieber in 2:32 at 152 pounds.

The Wolverines received forfeits to 8th-grader Parker Larson at 145 pounds, and senior Braeden Hills at 160.

At 172 pounds, sophomore Nate Peters scored the fastest fall of the night, pinning Aaron Keem in 55 seconds, and 8th-grader Matthias Welles decked Hunter Covington in 2:46.

Senior Ty Beeman continued his winning ways at 215 pounds with a pin of Aaron Thomason in 1:24. Beeman improves to 18-2 on the season.

Sophomore Kam Hills finished things off with a pin of Dryden’s Kaydin Hinckley, who entered the bout at 13-3 on the season, in 74 seconds.

Waverly, now 9-3, will return to action this weekend at the inaugural Southern Tier Memorial at The First Arena in Elmira.


IN PHOTO 1: Waverly sophomore Kam Hills. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHANNON McCARTY.


102: Drayton DeKay (W) won by forfeit;
110: Caden Bradley (W) by fall over Wyatt Curtis (D), 1:49;
118: Oscar Brotherton (D) won by forfeit;
126: Jake Besecker (W) major dec. Christopher Greene (D), 10-2;
132: Mason Ham (W) by fall over Paul Best Jr (D), 1:52;
138: Braeden Nichols (W) by fall over Dean Belden (D), 2:58;
145: Parker Larson (W) won by forfeit;
152: Connor Stotler (W) by fall over Nicholas Bieber (D), 2:32;
160: Braeden Hills (W) won by forfeit;
172: Nate Peters (W) by fall over Aaron Keem (D), 0:55;
189: Matthias Welles (W) by fall over Hunter Covington (D), 2:46;
215: Ty Beeman (W) by fall over Aaron Thompson (D), 1:24;
285: Kam Hills (W) by fall over Kaydin Hinckley (D), 1:14.

215: Gage Tedesco (W) by fall over Chase LoPinto (D), 1:17)


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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).