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.
Lawrence led a strong Section 2 Division 2 (small school) contingent by winning the 152-pound title with a 3-2 victory over Norwich’s Mike Squires in the finals. Lawrence posted wins by decision in all of his bouts to claim the title. Continue reading “State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles”
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.
Here is a look at all of the opening round matches featuring Section 2 wrestlers at the state tournament, which begins Friday, Feb. 22, at the Times Union Center. Continue reading “Three Section 2 wrestlers receive No. 1 seeds for state tournament”
One week after defeating Saratoga Springs, Shaker edged Niskayuna 38-35 in a Suburban Council wrestling match Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Jashon Homes’ pin against Brody Johnson at 106 pounds and Michael Santore’s 15-2 victory over Matthew Whelan at 113 pounds gave the Blue Bison a 38-32 lead. Jack Schiavo closed out the match with a 5-4 victory over Austin Sill at 120 pounds for Niskayuna, but it wasn’t enough.
Ghassan Chehade (182 pounds) and Ryan Stein (195) also recorded pins for Shaker. Ben Catrambone (126), Willie Thacker (138) and Peter Meshkov (160) pinned their opponents for Niskayuna. Continue reading “Suburban Council wrestling: Shaker edges Niskayuna in dual meet”
The field is set for the Section 2 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships Tuesday, Jan. 15.
In Division 1, Shenendehowa received the No. 1 seed and the right to host the tournament. The Plainsmen will face No. 4 Queensbury, while No. 2 Columbia combats No. 3 Ballston Spa.
The Division 2 tournament takes place at Warrensburg, where the top-seeded Burghers wrestle No. 4 Whitehall/Fort Ann and No. 2 Watervliet takes on No. 3 Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George.
The winners from the Division 1 and Division 2 tournaments advance to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Dual Meet Championships Saturday, Jan. 26, at SRC Arena in Syracuse. Continue reading “Teams are set for Section 2 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships”
Three consecutive pins late in the match helped the Niskayuna wrestling team defeat Saratoga Springs 42-36 Thursday, Jan. 3, in a Suburban Council dual meet.
Thomas Minehan (152 pounds), James Murphy (160) and Peter Meshkov (170) all recorded pins to give the Silver Warriors a 42-24 lead with two bouts to go. Willie Thacker (145) started the string of 22 unanswered points with an 18-8 majority decision over Patrick Spatafora to help Niskayuna overcome a 24-20 deficit.
Griffin Biviano (113 pounds), Eric Griskowitz (138) and Devon Crowe (182) pinned their opponents for Saratoga Springs. Continue reading “Suburban Council wrestling: Niskayuna pulls out victory over Saratoga Springs”
Shenendehowa gained the upper hand in the race for the Suburban Council’s best record by beating Ballston Spa 42-29 in a league wrestling match Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Three pins and a technical fall helped the Plainsmen defeat one of their closest rivals. Antonio Lomascolo (126 pounds), Brandon Fahr (182) and Sebastian Underwood (220) recorded the falls, while Brock Delsignore (145) earned the technical fall.
Peter Hansen (170 pounds), Jacob Stangle (285) and Connor Gregory (99) pinned their opponents to lead Ballston Spa. Continue reading “Suburban Council wrestling: Shenendehowa wins showdown with Ballston Spa; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake takes down Niskayuna”
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Pins in the last two bouts of the evening secured Columbia’s 46-32 victory over Saratoga Springs in a Suburban Council wrestling match Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Charlie Welcome (126 pounds) pinned Vinny L’Hommedieu 1:01 into their bout to give the Blue Devils a 3-32 lead. Jordan DiSanto (132) then closed out the match by scoring a second period fall against Maxim Chuckrow.
Michael Altomer (142 pounds), TJ Scaccia (152), Jakob Edwards (160) and Ryan Duryea (285) also scored pins for Columbia, while Noah Smith (106) earned a victory by majority decision.
Eric Griskowitz (138 pounds), Brant Robinson (195) and Doug Cooper (220) all registered pins for Saratoga Springs. Continue reading “Suburban Council wrestling: Columbia tops Saratoga Springs in opening match”
Team: Saratoga Springs
Head coach: Kris West
Last year’s record: 18-3
Playoff result: Finished third at the Section 2 Class A championships
Returning starters: Griffin Biviano (106 pounds), Eric Griskowitz (120 pounds), Devin Crowe (170 pounds), Brant Robinson (220 pounds), Doug Cooper (285 pounds), Zeph Watkins (113 pounds)
Graduated: Jordan Sartin (113 pounds), Frank Spatafora (152 pounds), Ryan DiGuiseppe (160 pounds)
Newcomer: Kyle Griskowitz (99 pounds)
Outlook for the season: Saratoga Springs boasts five returning wrestlers who placed at Sectionals last year – Biviano (third place), Crowe (fourth place), Robinson (third place), Cooper (fourth place) and Eric Griskowitz (second place). Additionally, Watkins placed fourth in his weight class at the Class A tournament.
“We have five returning Sectional place finishers looking to improve on last year’s performance[s],” said West. “As a team, we should do well in tournaments and be competitive in a very tough Suburban Council.”