Cousino sets mark; Cram also takes title
GRANVILLE, N.Y. — Senior wrestlers Brandon Cousino and Tyson Cram from Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools, respectively, won titles this past Saturday at a tournament in Granville, N.Y.
Cousino won all three of his 182-pound matches by first-period pin and was voted the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler by the 14 coaches of the competing teams. Cram won four matches in the crowded 145-pound weight class to earn his title.
The three victories also pushed Cousino’s career mark to 141-26, surpassing the VUHS record of 139 wins set in 2000 by Scott Bissonette, now a program coach. His seven pins this year pushed his career mark to 90 pins.
Mount Abraham scored the best team finish, taking sixth with 65 points. Roman Mayer at 120 pounds and Gary Conant at 132 pounds each took second-place finishes for the Eagles, and Kevin Pearsall at 182 and Dylan Little at 195 each took fourths.
The Otters were ninth at 43.5 points. Jacob White (fourth at 132) and Josh Beayon (fourth at 170) also reached the podium for OV.
Middlebury was 10th with 32 points. Joe Langevin took third at 285 for the Tigers, as did Joe Whitley at 152, both with two pins and 3-1 records.
Cousino was the only Commodore wrestler at the tournament. He scored 24 points to place VUHS 12th.
Also competing for the local teams at Granville were:
• Eagle Ben Murray at 126, 1-2.
• Tiger Dustin Davio at 132, 2-2.
• Eagle Josh Hardy at 145, 2-2.
Next week, MUHS will host its annual Hubie Wagner Invitational on Wednesday and Thursday. Mount Abe will attend that event.
OV is scheduled to attend a two-day tournament in Cohoes, N.Y. According to VUHS coaches earlier this month, Cousino will compete at a challenging tournament in Lowell, Mass., on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then head to Noble High School in Maine to join one of more teammates for another event on Thursday and Friday. His senior teammate Kyle Kingsley (3-2 in early action) could join him there.