By ROB JONAS
High school wrestling fans may be focused on Tuesday’s Section 2 Division 1 and Division 2 Dual Meet Championships – the winners of which advance to the state Dual Meet Championships. However, there are two significant league matches to keep an eye on over the next couple of days.
Tuesday night, Maple Hill travels to Coxsackie-Athens for what should decide the Patroon Conference regular season title. Then on Wednesday, Amsterdam visits Queensbury for a match between the two remaining undefeated Foothills Council teams.
Maple Hill is led by senior lightweight Caleb Svingala, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the 126-pound weight class by CNY Wrestling. After reaching the state finals at 106 pounds last year, Svingala is undefeated in 26 matches this season. Twenty-two of Svingala’s wins have been by pin. He has also won his weight class at the Mohonasen Invitational Dec. 7 and the Joe McCabe Invitational Jan. 11.
Coxsackie-Athens features four highly ranked wrestlers, led by lightweight Logan Campbell (113 pounds) and middleweight Colin Riley (160). Campbell enters Tuesday’s match with a 21-3 record and 19 pins, with two of his three losses coming against out-of-section competition. Riley owns a 29-9 record and 22 pins. Three of his nine losses came at the highly-competitive Teike-Bernabi Tournament outside of Rochester, and he has reached the podium at the McCabe and Jamie Mormile Invitationals this season. Colby Lord (182) and Seth Dillworth (220) are also currently ranked by CNY Wrestling in the top five of their respective weight classes.
This might be Amsterdam’s best shot at knocking off perennial power Queensbury. The Rugged Rams have seven wrestlers with winning records, led by middleweight Nick Roedecker (152 pounds), who possesses a 30-5 record that includes finals appearances at the Andersen Tournament and the Leo J. Sammon Tournament. Lightweight Renso Montalvo (120) owns a 24-7 record with 17 pins, while Carlos Montalvo (113) has won seven of his last 10 matches to improve his record to 22-14. Jacob Garcia (145) split his four matches at the Eastern States Championships as part of a 28-10 record that includes 21 pins, and heavyweight Christian Robinson (285) began the season with a 23-3 record before struggling at some recent tournaments.
Queensbury has some quality wrestlers, too. Heavyweight Seth Guay (195 pounds) possesses a 22-4 record and individual titles at the Queensbury Holiday Tournament and the Schenectady Invitational. Sophomore Dylan Schell (182) has four tournament podium finishes, including an individual championship from the Queensbury Holiday Tournament, as part of a 21-5 record. Will Fraser (18-6), Kyle Miller (138) and Trevor Robbins (132) are all ranked in the top five of their weight classes by CNY Wrestling.
One more league match to watch happens Thursday when Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown takes on Duanesburg in a battle of unbeaten Western Athletic Conference teams. Austin Lints (126 pounds) is Duanesburg’s standout, as he enters this week with a 27-2 record, nine pins and four technical falls. Freshman Owen Hicks (126) and junior Tanner Warner (285) each own 24-7 records for Fonda/Johnstown.
Tamarac wrestling made a bold statement by going undefeated at its own dual meet tournament Saturday, Jan. 18. The Bengals defeated two larger schools, Mohonasen and Averill Park, as well as Watervliet, Greenville and Cairo-Durham to claim first place.
Lightweight Torin Bishop and middleweight Bobby Treshock led Tamarac with undefeated records. Bishop had three pins and a majority decision at 113 pounds, while Treschock had two falls and a technical fall bouncing between 145 and 152 pounds. Tyler Filarecki (160 pounds), D’Vante Ortiz (106) and Ty Roadcap (120) all went 3-1 in their bouts, while heavyweight Jack Mays won a match at 195 and 220 pounds apiece.
The 5-0 performance at the Tamarac Duals improved the Bengals’ record to 16-1. Tamarac is currently ranked third by CNY Wrestling among Section 2 small school programs, trailing Cobleskill-Richmondville (1) and Warrensburg (2).