Paris helps Amsterdam take wrestling title

John Paris, who sat on the bench with a knee injury last year, helps Amsterdam win its first Section
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A year ago, John Paris could only watch his Amsterdam teammates while they finished fourth at the Section II, Class B tournament, as a knee injury cost him his entire soph­omore season.

If there was any doubt Paris was fully back, he dispelled it by hammering his way to the 160-pound title Saturday night, helping the Rams to their first class championship since 1984.

“This really means a lot to me,” said Paris, moments after he decisioned Jimmy Neal of Glens Falls, 9-3, in the finals. “I won this tournament as a freshman,. It hurt to not to be able to compete last season.”

Paris has surgery to repair tears of both major ligaments in his right knee. He was able to begin wrestling again in the offseason, and has put together a 42-3 season as heads into this weekend’s state qualifier.

A win at the Eastern States Classic last month gave Paris confidence that was back.

“That was very important. I knew that everything, physically, was OK,” he said. “I really wanted to make sure I was ready for this tournament, because it was going to be on my home mats.”

Paris barely gave the home fans time to watch him get to the finals, racking up pins in 30 seconds and 32 seconds to get to the final.

“I wanted to go out and wrestle my match,” said Paris, who used a pair of python-like tilts to take contral of Neal in the third period. “It also helped that we were having a good final round as a team.”

Paris’ title followed championship round wins by 11th-grader Rick DuFresne at 119, seniors Brian Benton (130) and Rob Morey (152), and sophomore Giuseppi Lanzi at 135.

Benton picked up his fifth consecutive Class B championship, ran his season record to 46-2 and pushed his varsity win total to 246 as he passed previous Section II all-time win leader Matt Herrington’s mark of 243.

“It’s a great accomplishment, and I’m very happy about winning five,” said Benton, who has committed to George Mason University. “But I’m even more happy that my workout partner (Lanzi) won.

“We push each other very hard every day. It’s been like that since were in elementary school, when we were in the Premiere Club program.”

Lanzi had been third the past two years at this stage, after getting to the finals as a seventh-grader.

He also pinned into the final (Amsterdam had nine finalists), then beat Kyle Vuillaume of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 10-2.

“He beat me twice last year,” said Lanzi of Vuillaume. “That made me work a lot harder during the offseason.”

Lanzi has turned the personal rivalry around, having also gotten the best of Vuillaume at the North/South Duals and the Big 10 Tournament. Like most of his teammates, Lanzi had been pointing at this tournament.

“Almost the entire team has been together since we began wrestling back in first, second grade,” said Lanzi. “We knew we would have a special team this year.”

Senior Paul Martin got Burnt Hills a win in the finals, beating the Rams’ Jestin Seays, 9-3, at 145.

“He beat me during the year, but I went back and watched the tape over and over,” said Martin. “He’s got a good double-leg [takedown], but I wasn’t going to let him use it this time,” said Martin, who became a two-time “B” champ.

Amsterdam’s Dan Palmerino beat Scotia-Glenville’s Dan Riggi, 6-3, in the 125 final, stopping the Tartan junior’s bid for three straight Class B titles.

Dan McNamara gave the Rams another title with his win at 171, Amsterdam finished with 246 points. Burnt Hillswas second with 224.

CLASS A

ALBANY — Senior Hunter Meys won his sixth Class A title, also moving past Herrington on the all-time Section II win list, as Shenendehowa rolled up 294.5 points.

Nick Kelley (96), Luke Pop­olizio (103), Juliano Pabon (112), T.J. Pop­olizio (119), Austin Meys (171) and Dan Peyron (215) also won titles, with Austin Meys getting his fourth.

CLASS CC

BROADALBIN — Hudson Falls had seven champions in winning its third straight team title. Aaron Dudley (112), Kirk Harrington (119), Nate Cross (145), Aaron Barber (160) and Tom Barber (171) all repeated.

Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Robert Merchant (140) picked up his third straight title and finished with six top-three sectional finishes.

CLASS C

CORINTH — The host Tom­ahawks had individual winners in James Baker (119), Davin Laclair (125) and Pat Marcel (135), and two other finalists in getting past Schuylerville for the team title.

CLASS D

GALWAY — Dana Mesick’s

1-0 win over Grant Gebo in the 189

final gave Duanesburg the team title over Whitehall by the slimmest of margins, 235.5-230.

Brian Borst won his fourth Class D title, and Evan Borst (125), Randy White (130), Wes Coppolo (152) and Dave Larson (171) were also crowned champions.

CLASS A

Team scores

Shenendehowa 2941⁄2, Ballston Spa 1771⁄2, Guilderland 174, Colonie 157, Columbia 145, Saratoga 1401⁄2, Niskayuna 1031⁄2, Albany 74, Bethlehem 661⁄2, Schenectady 59, Shaker 31.

Match summaries

Championship

96 — Nick Kelley (Shen) def. Spencer Thomas (BS); 103 — Luke Popolizio (Shen) def. Evan Wallace (Colum); 112 — Juliano Pabon (Shen) def. Toby Barnes (BS); 119 — T.J. Popolizio (Shen) def. Jason Chudzinski (Colon); 125 — Matt Cubillos (Guild) def. Lou Angelo (Colum); 130 — Robert Romeo (Guild) def. Brian Latham (Colum); 135 — Zach Crain (Colum) def. Nick Altimari (Shen); 140 — David Staulters (BS) def. J.J. Andersen (Colon); 145 — Eliah Golding (Colon) def. Cameron Staulters (BS); 152 — Eric Simmons (BS) def. Josh Simmons (Colon); 160 — Alex Steciuk (BS) def. Zach Mohan (Sara); 171 — Austin Meys (Shen) def. Adam Winnie (Sara); 189 — Hunter Meys (Shen) def. Jake Newcomb (Nisky); 215 — Dan Peyron (Shen) def. A.J. Monin (Colon); 285 — Devan Van Auken (Guild) def. Andrew Jones (Schdy).

Consolation

96 — Nick DiCaprio (Schdy) def. Lisa Anson (Colon); 103 — Tyler Kessler (Beth) def. Kevin Bates (Guild); 112 — A.J. Rue (Sara) def. Steve Anson (Colon); 119 — Adam Hulett (Colum) dec. Colin Selin (Nisky); 125 — Eddie Davis (Sara) def. Seth Hazleton (Shen); 130 — Lamont Washington (Sara) def. Zach Mulderry (Shen), 135 — Ben Coco (Alb) def. Matt Hart (Guild); 140 — Kevin Selin (Nisky) def. Eugene Sellie (Guild); 145 — Julian Santos (Shen) def. Jesse Hutchins (Colum); 152 — Will Bryans (Shen) def. Chris Johnson (Schdy); 160 — Dan Barth (Beth) def. Zach Zovistoski (Colon); 171 — Chad McCray (Alb) def. Josh Sawyer (Guild); 189 — Ford Plowman (Sara) def. Chris Ohnsman (BS); 215 — Van Huyben (BS) def. Aileem Penn (Alb); 285 — Gary Chrys (Nisky) def. Don Hojnicki (Shak).

5th Place

96 — Matt Green (Beth) def. Rafael Lopez (Sara); 103 — Double forfeit; 112 — Travis Wolanski (Guild) def. Corey Southland (Colum); 119 — Sam Pacelli (Shak) def. Connor Hautau (Beth); 125 — Josh Vics (Schdy) def. Peter Swierzowski (Alb); 130 — Matt Rowe (Nisky) def. Kyle Warmt (BS); 135 — Ryan Bergami (Nisky) def. Jake Glover (Sara); 140 — Lee Smith (Shen) def. Jason Maher (Beth); 145 — David Taylor (Guild) def. Jerry Clark (Beth); 152 — Pat Fontaine (Beth) def. Alex Gordan (Alb); 160 — Raith Ellis (Alb) def. Matt Miller (Guild); 171 — Mike Chmielewski (Colon) def. Stephan Faginas (Colum); 189 — Andrew Purcell (Alb) def. Ami Berger (Shak); 215 — Brendan Ruddy (Guild) def. Bobby Fish (Colum); 285 — Adam Geleta (Shen) def. Mike Wutzer (Colon).

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CLASS B

Team scores

Amsterdam 246, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 224, Queensbury 209, LaSalle 1601⁄2, Averill Park 1481⁄2, South Glens Falls 1431⁄2, Glens Falls 98, Mohonasen 731⁄2, Scotia-Glenville 65, Lansingburgh 54, Christian Brothers Academy 15.

Match summaries

Championship

103 — John Belanger (GF) dec. Connor Sutton (LaSalle), 2-1; 112 — Jon Clemente (LaSalle) pinned Mike Hewitt (Queens), 1:51; 119 — Rick DuFresne (Amst) dec. Russell Radigan (Queens), 8-1; 125 — Dan Palmerino (Amst) dec. Dan Riggi (SG), 6-3; 130 — Brian Benton (Amst) technical fall Brendan McKeown (BHBL); 135 — Giuseppi Lanzi (Amst) dec. Kyle Villaume (BHBL); 140 — Zach Clemente (LaSalle) technical fall Josh Cool (SGF); 145 — Paul Martin (BHBL) dec. Jestin Seay (Amst); 152 — Rob Morey (Amst) pinned Adam Ostrander (Queens), 2:27; 160 — John Paris (Amst) dec. Jimmy Neal (GF), 9-3; 171 — Dan McNamara (Amst) dec. Mike Matrazzo (BHBL); 189 — Jared Myhrberg (Queens) pinned Orlando Pacheco (Amst), 3:09; 215 — Tim Elbert (Queens) major dec. Spencer Miller (BHBL); 285 — Ken Altarac (LaSalle) pinned Zeal McGrew (BHBL), 3:10; 96 — Jeff King (AP) pinned Evan Burchhardt (BHBL).

Consolation

103 — Zach Harrell (Queens) dec. Nick Thomas (BHBL); 112 — Double forfeit; 119 — Zach Habens (SGF) dec. Ben Clemente (LaSalle), 11-4; 125 — Cory Rifenberick (LaSalle) dec. Neal Campbell (Queens), 9-2; 130 — Nick Oligney (Lans) pinned Corey Benson (AP), 3:30; 135 — Ryan Batholomew (SGF) pinned Nick Lashway (GF); 140 — Tony Fusco (Queens) dec. Dylan Clarke (BHBL); 145 — Dan Brickner (LaSalle) dec. Sean Berrios (Mohon), 2-1; 152 — Ethan Wilson (BHBL) pinned Ryan Bellamy (Lans); 160 — Josh Comer (Queens) pinned Drew Digeser (LaSalle), 2:15; 171 — Keegan Bailey (SG) dec. Nate Palmer (SGF); 189 — Brandon Hunsdon (SGF) pinned John Acorsi (BHBL); 215 — Alex Boudreau (AP) dec. Anthony Savage (SGF); 285 — Nate Brown (AP) pinned Joe Retos (Lans), 2:21; 96 — Mark Hitchcock (Mohon) dec. Jim Rumfelt (SG), 3-2.

Fifth-place

96 — Gaetano Lanzi (Ams) dec. Won Suh Nordquist (GF), 9-8; 103 — Josh Mumblo (SGF) dec. Will Richards (Lan), 2-0; 112 — Peter Allen (AP) dec. Kevin Murphy (SGF), 8-2; 119 — Schuyler Meyers (BH) dec. Jeff Orvis (Moh), 5-2; 125 — Adam LaMontain (AP) pinned Alex Rios (GF), 2:07; 130 — Shane Hall (Qby) dec, Joe Lombardo (GF), 3-2; 135 — Matt Lashway (GF) dec. Josh Anderson (AP), 6-2; 140 — Dave Askew (Moh) dec. Mike Martin (AP), 6-2; 145 — Scott Cleavland (GF) forfeit over Scott Morgan (SGF); 152 — Greg Carta (SGF) and Toby Moses (AP), no bout, 5-bout rule. 160 — Peter May (BH) pinned Jake Beer (A), 1:22; 171 — Keegan Farone (CBA) dec. Brandon Goyer (AP), 5-4; 189 — Tyler Kraus (Moh) pinned Jeremy Page (AP), 4:58; 215 — Justin Long (GF) forfeit over Matt Burchhardt (Sco); 275 — James Bonet (Qby) dec. Tim Farnsworth (SGF),10-3.

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CLASS C

Team scores

Corinth 218, Schuylerville 1801⁄2, Hoosick Falls 147, Granville 129, Fonda-Fultonville 112, Tamarac 106, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 101, Mechanicville 99, Watervliet 871⁄2, Voorheesville 67, Cambridge 63, Greenville 10.

Match summaries

Championship

103 — Sarah Anderson (Schuy) major dec. Tom Fuller (Tam), 8-0; 112 — Taylor Treadgold (Voor) major dec. Kyle Myers (Water), 10-2; 119 — James Baker (Cor) dec. Len Rosa (Schuy), 3-2; 125 — Davin Leclair (Cor) major dec. Kyle Entholt (Gran), 12-2; 130 — Jake Oswald (Tam) dec. Sean Jordan (FF), 6-5; 135 — Pat Marcel (Cor) major dec. Karl Palmer (Gran), 10-2; 140 — Josh Glick (BKW) dec. Tyler Nicholson (Cor), 14-9; 145 — Josh Harrison (Mech) major dec. Joe Still (Water), 17-8; 152 — David Kohls (Mech) dec. Ben Carlini (Cor), 6-4; 160 — Chris Tommasino (HF) major dec. Nolan Diamond (BKW), 12-2; 171 — Mike Magazu (HF) pinned Josh Stone (Schuy), 5:48; 189 — Jeremy Burns (HF) pinned Corey Calkins (FF), 2:58; 215 — Ross Pardy (Gran) pinned Corey Wysocki (HF), 4:33; 285 — Dan Ladd (Schuy) dec. Ron Daigle (Gran), 5-0; 96 — John Delaney (Water) major dec. Kody Shaw (FF), 12-3.

Consolation

103 — Josh Peabody (Cam) dec. Kyle Mulcahy (Cor), 7-4; 112 — Brendan Miller (Gran) major dec. Tim Ross (Cor), 14-0; 119 — Chris Schnackenberg (FF) dec. Andrew Etman (Water), 9-8; 125 — Chris Holt (Schuy) dec. David Tiernan (BKW), 6-0; 130 — Adam Dayton (Cor) dec. Jacob Printy (Gran), 3-1; 135 — Sam Mabb (Schuy) pinned Zach Carle (Cam), 3:36; 140 — Erik Franklin (FF) dec. Dan Jones (Mech), 9-7; 145 — Andrew Chirico (Tam) dec. Matt Hoffman (BKW), 6-1; 152 — Taylor Robichaud (HF) pinned Nick Wilsey (Schuy), 2:41; 160 — Clint DuMoulin (Cor) dec. Eric Koval (Schuy), 6-1; 171 — Mike Rubel (Cor) dec. James Sheedy (Voor), 5-2; 189 — Greg Hanny (BKW) vs. T. Hamel (Mech) to be decided Monday because of 5 bout rule; 215 — Jeff Bourdeau (Cor) pinned Bob Coons (Mech), :30; 285 — Sam Chase (Mech) dec. John Allen (Cor), 2-0; 96 — Brendan Goldup (Schuy) major dec. Billy Pine (HF), 14-2.

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CLASS CC

Team scores

Hudson Falls 2861⁄2, Johnstown 158, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 147, Cohoes 129, Schoharie/Middleburgh 1011⁄2, Schalmont 97, Cobleskill-Richmondville 97, Canajoharie/Fort Plain 80, Catskill 591⁄2, Broadalbin-Perth 57, Ichabod Crane 39, Cairo-Durham 16.

Match summaries

Championship

96 — Noah Valastro (HF) def. Lucas Howland (SM); 103 — Sammy Shields (Schal) def. Kory Harrington (HF); 112 — Aaron Dudley (HF) def. Tyler Pavlin (Cat); 119 — Kirk Harrington (HF) def. David Skudera (RCS); 125 — Mark Gillen (Johns) def. Andy Lyman (RCS); 130 — Jordan Lane (RCS) def. Josh Rankin (Coh); 135 — Wes Hotaling (RCS) def. Mykel Foland (SM); 140 — Robert Merchant (CR) def. Vincent Gallo (Schal); 145 — Nate Cross (HF) def. Austin Irish (CR); 152 — Aaron Barber (HF) def. Cody Legg (RCS); 160 — Rocco Nicoletta (IC) def. Grant Ostrander (CR); 171 — Tom Barber (HF) def. Mike Welcome (Coh); 189 — Louis Emden (Johns) def. Mike Kinowski (BP); 215 — Janse Van Alstine (BP) def. Jon-Paul Muller (Johns); 285 — Tim Hammond (HF) def. Derek Mollnow (Coh).

Consolation

96 — Greg Costello (CFP) def. Dan Squires (Schal); 103 — No bout; 112 — Joey Persico (RCS) def. Donny Radliff (CR); 119 — Shaun Wroble (BP) def. Paul Billings (Coh); 125 — J.J. Goblet (SM) def. Nick Valastro (HF); 130 — Billy Chandler (Schal) def. Ken Crouse (CFP); 135 — Lewis Humiston (HF) def. Quinn Scholerud (IC); 140 — Steve Waite (HF) def. Joey Morrison (Johns); 145 — Dylan Slater (CFP) def. Adam Biron (Johns); 152 — Jake Arrunategui (Johns) def. Chad Obzud (Coh); 160 — Heath Colvin (HF) def. Dustin Hallock (Coh); 171 — Craig Cook (Johns) def. Ricky Connell (RCS); 189 — Jon Bucher (HF) def. Greg Mollnow (Coh); 215 — Elias Carlton (HF) def. Ethan Ekstrom (Cat); 285 — P.J. Urban (Cat) def. Anthony D’Antonino (Johns).

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CLASS D

Team scores

Duanesburg 2351⁄2, Whitehall 235, Maple Hill 1861⁄2, Salem 1541⁄2, Warrensburg 1501⁄2, Galway 81, Rensselaer 68, Hadley-Luzerne 46, Waterford-Halfmoon 23, Albany Academy 19.

Match summaries

Championship

103 — Abby Roth (Warren) dec. Ron Radley (MH), 6-4; 112 — Curt Thompson (White) dec. Amy Whitbeck (Duanes); 119 — Brian Borst (Duanes) pinned Tyler Delisle (MH), 1:49; 125 — Evan Borst (Duanes) pinned Kyle Evans (MH), 1:31; 130 — Randy White (Duanes) pinned Eric Ripley (White), 2:54; 135 — John Gochenour (Gal) pinned Zachary Diekel (White), 3:06; 140 — Chris Schilling (MH) dec. David Northshield (Salem), 3-2; 145 — Travis Beayon (White) dec. Mat White (Duanes); 152 — Wes Coppolo (Duanes) dec. Nate Lagoy (White), 6-1; 160 — Ryan Black (Warrens) technical fall Nick Gwiazdowski (Duanes), 3:40; 171 — Dave Larson (Duanes) dec. Dan Roth (MH), 9-5; 189 — Dana Mesick (Duanes) dec. Grant Gebo (White), 1-0; 215 — Jedd Mason (White) major dec. Logan Rock (Warrens), 12-2; 285 — Pat Owen (MH) pinned Jon Spoor (White), 2:25; 96 — Tyrel White (White) pinned Curt Rowley, 3:02.

Consolation

103 — John Diekel (White) major dec. Zach Olson (HL), 12-1; 112 — Jose Sartin (Gal) pinned Cole Alaxanian (Renss), :55; 119 — Donovan Santisteban (Warrens) dec. Cecil Hayes (HL); 125 — Austin Padgett (Salem) dec. George Featherstonhaug (AA), 6-1; 130 — James Tracy (HL) pinned Nick Hage (MH), :25; 135 — Aaron Hamilton (Salem) dec. Shawn Gillingham (MH), 4-0; 140 — Lucas Budesheim (Renss) pinned Cole Tennant (Warrens), :55; 145 — David Adams (Salem) dec. Tyler Needham (Warrens), 4-3; 152 — Patrick Wilson (Salem) dec. Ben Dingman (Warrens), 9-8; 160 — Ken Gordon (Gal) dec. Kyle Mckeighan (Salem), 4-0; 171 — John Kuiper (White) dec. Kevin Bardin (Salem), 5-0; 189 — Jashem Hamilton (Renss) dec. Will Schouten (MH), 7-3; 215 — Zachary Brady (Renss) pinned Brett Saunders (Salem), 1:38; 285 — Chris Klink (WH) pinned Colin Campbell (Warrens), 2:24; 96 — Joe Plante (HL) dec. Brandon Manktelow (Salem), 11-4.

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