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”
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”
Team: Averill Park
Head coach: Mike Malenfant
Last year’s record: 14-6
Playoff result: Placed second at Section 2 Class B tournament
Returning players: Nik Koch (defending Sectional champion), Sean Malenfant (third place in Section 2), Andrew Lee (placed fifth in Section 2), Erick Haskins (placed second at Class B Sectionals), Jacob White (placed third at Class B Sectionals), Alex Cooper (placed third at Class B Sectionals), Cameron Groff (senior), Mason Lumbra (sophomore)
Graduated: Peter Flick, Andrew Fountain, Jacob Miller, Anthony Mills, Evan Swain
Newcomers: Michael Clark (freshman), Nathan Fischer (sophomore), Xavier Graham (senior), Ray Hebert (senior), Dominick Paradise (sophomore)
Coach’s comments: “Averill Park is expecting to be competitive in the Suburban Council and overall in Section 2. The level of experience is mixed with several veterans and newcomers on the team. There are many athletes participating this season, which will allow Averill Park to fill the weight classes. We are expecting individual success at the Section 2 [and] state competitions.”