Three consecutive pins by middleweights Tyler Stanton, Bassir Rezek and Ghassan Chehade helped Shaker defeat Saratoga Springs 42-35 Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a Suburban Council wrestling match.
Stanton (152 pounds) pinned Jake DeLuca with seven seconds left in the second period to get the streak going for the Blue Bison. Rezek (160) pinned David Wilk midway through the second period of their bout, and Chehade (170) followed suit with a second-period pin over Spencer Cornell.
Doug Cooper (220 pounds) and Kyle Griskowitz (99) scored pins to help Saratoga build an 18-0 lead before Jashon Holmes (106) and Michael Santore (113) recorded falls to get Shaker back in the match. Continue reading “Suburban Council wrestling: Shaker surges past Saratoga Springs”
Saratoga Springs had 10 wrestlers place in the top four of their weight classes to win the Mohonasen Invitational Saturday, Dec. 1, in Rotterdam.
Three Blue Streaks won in the championship finals, and three more earned victories in the consolation bracket finals to help Saratoga finish with 218.5 points. Maple Hill was second with 169 points, and Mohonasen placed third with 152.5 points.
Kyle Griskowitz (99 pounds), Brant Robinson (195) and Doug Cooper (215) won their weight classes for Saratoga. Griskowitz defeated Fonda-Johnstown’s Dylan Cotter 8-2 in the championship finals, while Robinson earned a technical fall over Colonie’s Colby Mattice. Cooper pinned Lansingburgh’s Y’lonte Jones Richards 17 seconds into the second round of their finals match. Continue reading “Section 2 wrestling: Saratoga Springs wins Mohonasen Invitational; Coxsackie-Athens places second at Ossining tourney”
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.”