Two-time state high school champion Austin Meys goes after his second consecutive national wrestling title at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Accelerade Cadet Nationals, which open today in Fargo, N.D.
Meys, who recently completed his junior year at Shenendehowa High School, was a 2007 Cadet age-group freestyle champ at 152 pounds in Fargo last summer. He moves up to the Junior Division, and will be at 171 when the freestyle competition opens Thursday.
The weeklong tournament starts today, with the first two rounds of Cadet Greco-Roman. The junior Greco tourney opens Sunday, the women’s division runs Monday and freestyle competition caps the event, with the Cadets beginning Wednesday.
Meys is a two-time All-American, placing third as a Cadet in 2006.
LaSalle Institute teammates Zach Clemente and Ken Altarac, both coming off strong showings at the recent Junior National Dual Meet Championships, are among the other Capital Region athletes competing.
Clemente, a double All-American with top-eight finishes in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at 140 pounds at the Junior level a year ago, returns at the weight in both styles.
Altarac is registered in both styles in the Junior 285 brackets.
Duanesburg graduate Amy Whitbeck is shooting for her third straight top-three finish in the women’s freestyle division. Whitbeck is moving up to 124 from 102.
Other area athletes registered to compete in the Junior division are Guilderland’s Matt Cubillos (both styles, 130), Galway’s Jonn Gochenour (both styles, 140), John
Belanger of Glens Falls (112, freestyle) and Colonie’s Eliah Golding (both styles, 145). Former Albany Academy standout Ben Krakower, who now competes for private school power Blair (N.J.) Academy, is entered in the 189-pound freestyle division.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake has three wrestlers signed up in the Cadet division. John Acors and Zeal McGrew are entered in both styles at 215 pounds, and Dylan Clarke is registered for the 152 freestyle
Other Cadets competing are LaSalle’s Connor Sutton (105 freestyle), Jon Clemente (both styles, 112) and Corey Rifenberick (140 freestyle); and Colonie’s Jason Chudzinski (both styles, 125).
Colonie’s Lisa Anson (95) and Kelsea Suchocki of Cobleskill-Richmondville (146) are also registered in the women’s event.
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