ALBANY – Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence won their weight classes at last weekend’s New York State High School Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center.
Poulin claimed his second straight state title by defeating Minisink Valley’s Zack Ryder 4-3 in the Division 1 (large school) 106-pound weight class final. Poulin recorded technical falls in the first two rounds and added a 16-4 majority decision over Hilton’s Rocco Camilacci in the semifinals on his way to the title and a 48-0 record for the 2018-19 season.
Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin, Maple Hill’s Trent Svingala and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence received No. 1 seeds for this weekend’s New York State Wrestling Championships at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Poulin was the lone Division I (large school) wrestler to gain the top seed for his weight class. The 106-pounder enters states with a 40-0 record for the Plainsmen. Svingala takes a 42-0 record into the Division II (small school) 132-pound division bracket, while Lawrence boasts a 46-0 mark as he enters the 152-pound weight bracket.
Ballston Spa’s Jake Stangle received the No. 2 seed in the Division I 285-pound weight class, while Duanesburg’s Charlie Grygas was seeded second in the Division II 160-pound bracket. Warrensburg’s Nolan McNeill gained the No. 3 seed in the Division II 195-pound weight class, despite losing to No. 4 seed Devon Shader of Coxsackie-Athens at Sectionals on an injury default Feb. 9.
There are three instances where Section 2 wrestlers could compete against each other in the quarterfinals. No. 5 seed Drew Bogdan of Albany Academy could meet Shen’s Colden Dorfman if both 160-pound wrestlers win their opening round matches, though Dorfman has to get past No. 4 seed Steven Gazzillo of Cornwall (Section 9). No. 5 Dylan Winchell (Warrensburg) and No. 4 Joey Scheeren (Galway) could be on a collision course in the Division II 113-pound weight class, as could No. 5 Ethan Cooper (Cobleskill-Richmondville) and Rich Forbes (Catskill) at 170 pounds.
Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George held on to win the team title at the Joe McCabe Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 12, at Maple Hill High School in Schodack.
The War Eagles finished with 219.5 points, 11 points ahead of runner-up Watervliet and 22 points ahead of third-place Columbia.
Coxsackie-Athens placed sixth in the team standings, but had the most individual champions with three. Logan Campbell pinned Columbia’s Michael Yelle midway through the first period to claim the 113-pound division title, while Marc Martinez earned a first-period fall over Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George’s William Mitcham for the 285-pound championship. Devon Shader edged Whitehall-Fort Ann’s Brendan Covey 5-4 for the 195-pound division title.
Six Coxsackie-Athens wrestlers earned pins to lead the Indians to a 66-22 victory over Catskill Thursday, Jan. 10, in a Patroon Conference match.
Schuyler Caringi (126 pounds), Devon Shader (195) and Marc Martinez (285) recorded first period falls for the Indians. Jacob Warren (160) pinned his opponent late in the second period, while Colin Riley (152) and Colby Lord (182) secured their pins early in the third period of their bouts.
The Coxsackie-Athens wrestling team traveled to Spencerport, NY, for the two-day Teike-Bernabi Tournament – one of the toughest wrestling events in New York State. The other teams in the tournament were all from Section 5 and much bigger than Coxsackie.
COXSACKIE – The Coxsackie-Athens wrestling team has been one of the best within the Patroon Conference in recent years. Led by head coach Ryan Palmer, the team is hoping to keep momentum from last year, when the Indians were one point away from being league champions. Palmer said he believes that their hard work and commitment will get this team over the hump and become league champions this year.
Coxsackie-Athens wrestler Devon Shader had a breakout season last year, going 39-3. Shader placed fifth at the Section 2 tournament, and he is hoping to improve on that performance with a Sectional championship in his future. He is also a leader for the younger kids on the team, and it shows in practice. They look to Shader as a coach, and when he is trying to teach them a new move or a slight adjustment, they listen.
“I’ve put a lot of off-season work in, and Coach Palmer has really been pushing me,” said Shader. “I’ve also put in off the mat work with Coach John Cox and Joe Ucelinni up at Curby 3 Style Wrestling.”