By ROB JONAS
The Queensbury wrestling team continued its dominance over the Foothills Council by claiming its 35th league championship with a 51-24 victory over Amsterdam Wednesday, Jan. 22.
It was a closely contested match between the two remaining undefeated Foothills Council teams until Queensbury’s heavyweights took to the mat. Dylan Schell (182 pounds), Shawn Stimpson (195) and Seth Guay (220) pinned their opponents to give the Spartans a commanding 33-point lead. It was Guay’s 18th pin of the season, and it raised the senior’s record to 25-4.
Amsterdam forfeited the first bout of the night, and Ryan Vanguilder pinned his opponent at 106 pounds to give Queensbury a 12-0 lead. Carlos (113) and Renso Montalvo (120) rallied the Rugged Rams with pins to tie the match at 12-12, but Kaiden Laluna defeated Zachary Gillis 11-7 at 126 pounds to put the Spartans in front for good. Another Amsterdam forfeit at 132 pounds and a Kyle Miller pin extended Queensbury’s lead to 27-12.
Dristen Hughes (152 pounds) and Will Fraser (170) also earned victories for Queensbury. Jacob Garcia (145) picked up a pin for Amsterdam, while Andrew Mickel (160) and Christian Robinson (285) earned victories by decision.
Amsterdam wrestled without middleweight Nick Rodecker, who is ranked second among Section 2 large school division wrestlers at 152 pounds.
In another Foothills Council match, Nicholas Casolo’s pin in the final bout of the night propelled South Glens Falls past Hudson Falls 35-31. Casolo (160 pounds) notched the fall over Aidan Dougher with 31 seconds left in the first period.
Carlos Ross gave Hudson Falls a 31-23 lead with an 11-1 majority decision over Trevor Karl at 138 pounds. Matthew Gebo (145) and Antonio Murphy (152) earned three-point victories over their opponents to pull the Bulldogs within two points of the Tigers before Casolo put them over the top.
Cordell Younger (170), Joshua Ahrens (195), Aiden Mickel (220), Brian Hockford (285), Timothy Stephenson (120) and Ethan Weller (132) also won their matches for South High. Anthony Colio (182) and Gavin Krywy (126) notched wins for Hudson Falls.
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