The Meys brothers rode through Rochester this weekend, one writing the end to one of the best high school careers in Section II wrestling history, the other adding another chapter to a story that will be finished this time next year.
Shenendehowa’s Hunter Meys capped a perfect two-year run by decisioning Josh Peters, 7-3, in the 189-pound title bout in the Division I finals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling championships Sunday.
The Boston University-bound senior followed his brother, Austin’s 42-second pin in the 171 finals, as they became the first siblings in Section II history to win states in the same year.
Their efforts helped Section II to the DI team title, its first since 1982, as 10 wrestlers got to the finals.
“It’s just been an awesome six years,” said Meys of his varsity
career, in which he placed four times at this tournament, accumulated 254 wins and took possession of the national high school record for career pins. “I owe this to all the coaches I’ve had, all the time they spent with me.”
In winning for the 15th time in 18 matches in this event, Meys displayed technique that he normally doesn’t need to use, scoring three takedowns, including the clincher with less than 40 seconds to go.
“I guess part of it is mental,” said Meys, who was able to keep Peters at bay after a late first-period
escape gave him the lead for good.
“It was a little different this year,” said Meys. “The expectations are kind of different, because everyone expects you to win.”
Austin Meys had the most dynamic finish of the finals, taking Section III champ Collin Toney to his back almost immediately, and didn’t let up until securing a title to go with the one he won an eighth-grader at 103 pounds. In doing so, he earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for DI.
“I didn’t want to take any chances,” said Meys of his lightning finish. “I like to pin, anyway.”
The younger Meys closed his
junior year with three falls in also becoming a four-time place finisher.
“This feels pretty good, to win a second state title,” Meys said. “The guys I’m wrestling are a little bigger and stronger now, but to win again is a great feeling.”
Duanesburg’s Brian Borst also won a state title, capping a dominating two days with a gutty, 6-5 win over Fredonia’s Chris Conti in the Division II 119 finals.
“I’ve worked so long for this, since first grade,” said the senior of the win that made him just the second state champ from his school and more than made up for frustrating results in his three previous trips here. “I always seemed to draw the champion or a finalist in the first round. I just decided to train harder this year.”
Borst scored the first takedown, fell behind, 4-2, then let Conti to his feet with the potential state-winning point with 52 seconds to go.
“I felt I could take him down,” he said of the strategy he went with
after exchanging glances with coach Joe Bena.
Borst hit his gold-medal takedown with 32 seconds left, and rode out the win, not even getting flustered with a restart with three seconds remaining.
“He wasn’t going to get up,” said Borst, who finished with a school-record 193 wins.
Section II sent eight of 10 DI semifinalists into the finals, with LaSalle teammates Zach Clemente (140) and Ken Altarac (285) also winning.
Amsterdam seniors Brian Benton (130) and Rob Morey (152) settled for silver medals, as did Columbia senior Zach Crain (135) and Shen junior Luke Popolizio (103), his second straight state silver.
Benton lost for only the third time this season, but two of them came against Fordham Prep’s
Andrew Lenzi, including a 5-3 loss Sunday night.
“I knew he was good on his feet, and I wanted to get the first takedown,” said Benton, who finished with 253 career wins. “I couldn’t get it, and he was real tough.”
Crain lost his final, 3-2, on a penalty point for stalling in the closing seconds.
“I didn’t think either one of them did any more than the other, but Zach always seems to find a way to pull out the match,” said Columbia coach Anthony Servidone.
“I don’t think I wrestled that bad,” said a dejected Crain. “I had a couple of opportunities, but I just couldn’t finish them.”
Luke Popolizio gave up the tying point in the final four seconds of regulation, and dropped an OT decision.
The DI wrestlers enjoyed a tremendous semifinal round, going 8-for-10, with only Brendan
McKeown (130) of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (130) and Ballston Spa senior Alex Steciuk (160) missing out.
When Section II won its only team title, in 1992 at the one-division format, seven athletes went to the finals, with four winning.
Austin Meys pinned twice and posted a major decision en route to his second state final.
Section II 238, Section VIII 190, Section XI 165.5, Section III 144, Section V 135.5, Section IV 133, Section IX 110, Section I 94.5, Section VI 78, CHSAA 38, Section X 36, PSAL 12
96 — Bobby Dierna (Wayne-IV) dec. Sean McCormick (Johnson City-IV), 11-8. 103 — Ken Collado (Hauppauge-XI) dec. Luke Popolizio (Shenendehowa-II), 4-3 (2OT). 112 — Nick Arajau (Syosett-VIII) vsl. Justis Flamio (Mahopac-I), 8-2.. 119 — Stephen Bonnano (Wantragh-VIII) dec. Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central-IX), 5-4 (3OT). 125 — Jamie Franco (Monfroe-Woodbury-IX) dec. Shawn Brown (Canton-X), 2-0. 130 — Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep-C) dec. Brian Benton (Amsterdam-II), 5-3. 135 — Luke Bohn (Watertown-III) dec. Zach Crain (Columbia-II), 2-1. 140 — Zach Clemente (LaSalle-II) vs. Sean Floor (Port Jervis-IX), 6-4. 145 –John Greisheimer (Wantagh-VIII) vs. Donnie Vinson (Whitney Point-IV), 8-7. 152 — Peter Capone (Johnson City-IV) dec. Rob Morey (Amsterdam-II), 12-2. 160 — Bryan Bourne (Spencerport-V) vs. Matt Bogardus (Fulton-III), 5-3. 171 — Austin Meys (Shenendehowa-II) pinned. Collin Toney (Mexico-III), :42. 189 — Hunter Meys (Shenendehowa-II) dec. Josh Peters (Vestal-IV), 7-3. 215 — Paul Glover (Spencerport-V) dec. Robert Eskander (Webster Thomas-V), 3-2. 285 — Ken Altarac (LaSalle-II) dec. Corey James (Kingston-IX), 3-2.
Section II results
96 — Jeff King, Avrerill Park, DNP; Nick Kelley, Shenendehowa, DNP. 103 — Luke Popolizio, Shenendehehowa, second. 112 — Juliano Pabon, Shenendehowa, DNP. 119 — T.J. Popolizio, Shenendehowa, sixth. 125 — Matt Cubillos, Guilderland, fourth; Dan Riggi, Scotia-Glenville, DNP. 130 — Brendan McKeown, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, sixth; Brian Benton, Amsterdam, second; Nick Oligney, Lansingburgh, DNP. 135 — Giuseppi Lanzi, Amsterdam, DNP; Zach Crain, Columbia, second. 140 — Zach Clemente, LaSalle, first. 145 — Paul Martin, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, DNP. 152 — Rob Morey, Amsterdam, second. 160 — Alex Steciuk, Ballston Spa, fourth; John Paris, Amsterdam, DNP. 171 — Austin Meys, Shenendehowa, first. 189 — Hunter Meys, Shenendehowa, first; Jared Myhrberg, Queensbury, sixth; Jake Newcomb, Niskayuna, DNP. 215 — Tim Elbert, Queensbury, third. 285 — Zeal McGrew, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, DNP; Ken Altarac, LaSalle, first.
Section III 209, Section V 203.5, Section VI 195.5, Section IV 189.5, Section II 144.5, Section I 64.5, Section VII 61, Sectin VIII 35, Section IX 31, Section XI 26.5, Section X 20.
96 — Arik Robinson (Peru-VII) dec. Dylan Kavanaugh (Vernon-Verona-Sherill-III), 8-1. 103 — Quinton Murphy (Holley-V) dec. Kyle Crisafulli (Phoenix-III), 4-2. 112 — Rob Broda (Eden-VI) dec.. Joe Smaldone (Geneva-V), 5-4. 119 — Brian Borst (Duanesburg-II) dec. Christopher Conti (Fredonia-VI), 6-5. 125 — Garrett Morabito (Susquehanna Valley-IV) pinned Brian Kampnich (Watertown Immaculate Heart-III), 3:58. 130 — Ian Paddock (Warsaw-V) dec. Kyle Dake (Lansing-IV),
9-4. 135 — Alex Ekstrom (Palmyra-Macedon-V) dec. Brian Sewalt (Waverly-IV), 14-7. 140 — Mike Nevinger (Letchworth-V) dec. Josh Micek (Maple Grove-VI), 5-4. 145 — Derek Brenon (Watertown Immaculate Heart-III) dec. Nicholas Czalpa (Warsaw-V), 7-3 (OT). 152 — Antonio Doldo (Watertown Immaculate Heart-III) dec. Kenny Betts (Fredonia-VI), 5-1. 160 — Ryan LeBlanc (Morrisville-Eaton-III) dec. Ryan Black (Warrensburg-II), 5-1. 171 — Cody Hutcheson (Bath-V) dec. Tyler Beckwith (Greene-IV), 4-3. 189 — Nate Scheidel (Caldeonia-Mumford-V) dec. Dan Fruscella ( Holland Patent-III), 5-1. 215 — Hank Penree (Frankfort-Schuyler-III) dec. Brad Eichelberger (Fredonia-VI), 4-3. 285 — Dustin Frederick (AuSable Valley-VII) pinned Art Garvey (East Aurora-VI), 2:34.
Section II results
96 — Tyrel White, Whitehall, DNP; Noah Valastro, Hudson Falls, sixth. 103 — Sarah Anderson, Schuylerville, DNP. 112 — Curt Thompon, Whitehall, fourth. 119 — Kirk Harrington, Hudson Falls, sixth; Brian Borst, Duanesburg, first. 125 — Mark Gillen, Johnstown, sixth. 130 — Randy White, Duanesburg, DNP. 135 — Jonn Gochenour, Galway, fifth; Zach Diekel, Whitehall, DNP. 140 — Robert Merchant, Cobleskill-Richmondville, fourth. 145 — Nate Cross, Hudson Falls, DNP; David Adams, Salem, DNP. 152 — Aaron Barber, Hudson Falls, third; Cody Legg, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, fifth; Wes Coppolo, Duanesburg, sixth. 160 — Ryan Black, Warrensburg, second. 171 – David Larson, Duanesburg, DNP. 189 — Jeremy Burns, Hoosick Falls, third; Louis Emden, Johnstown, DNP. 215 — Logan Rock, Warrensburg, fourth; Jedd Mason, Whitehall, DNP. 285 — Dan Ladd, Schuylerville, fourth.
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