Batavia/Attica’s Casper Stewart wins 4th straight, Kaden Marucci captures 1st title at Wrestling Championships
Photo provided | Batavia/Attica’s Casper Stewart
and Kaden Marucci each took home titles at
Saturday’s Section V Class A2 championships.
It was the fourth straight title for Stewart and the
first career championship for Marucci.
Joining Stewart at the top of the podium was Batavia/Attica senior teammate Kaden Marucci, who captured his first career sectional title with a 3-1 decision over Jonathan Jeffers (Churchville-Chili) in the 160-pound final.
Both wrestlers entered the tournament as the top seed in their respective classification.
“The ability to get their attacks going early in matches helped them today,” said Batavia/Attica head coach Rick Stewart. “Their confidence is where it needs to be at this stage of the season. They both have wrestled through the youth program and have years of experience. That contributes to the success they are having now.”
Stewart’s run to the championship began with a first-round bye before he advanced to the semifinal after opponent Joshua Vlatkovic (Spencerport) was forced out due to injury just :25 into the match. The Batavia/Attica sophomore then followed that up with a win by pinfall over Braden Whitcomb of Canandaigua (:24) before ousting Tyler Jeffers in the title match.
Marucci’s road was nearly as easy. The senior pinned Sir Duncan of Eastridge (1:59) in the quarterfinal and then made quick work of Brockport’s Joseph Caudle (:41) in the semifinal. He then battled Jonathan Jeffers to the slim victory in the final.
“It’s a great accomplishment, going out your senior year with a sectional title,” said Stewart of Marucci. “I’m super proud of Kaden. He’s a very coachable kid, super smart, and he’s going to do a lot of great things in life. Now, we’re going to try to prepare and get both him and Casper through to the states. “
Batavia/Attica placed fourth as a team (147), over 100 points behind the first-place winner, Spencerport (249.5). Churchville-Chili finished as runner-up, recording 208.5 team points, four points better than Brockport’s (204.5) third-place finish.
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