The two vans that Titan Wrestling Club coach Jefferson LaMountain bought at auction have turned into a wise investment.
“I think we’ve been to a tournament all but two weeks this spring and summer,” said LaMountain, whose Albany-based team competes this weekend at the National High School Coaches Association National Duals. “We have an Ironman Award for anyone who gets more than 80 matches, and about 25 percent of the 40-some guys in the club have qualified this year.”
The duals, which begin Saturday at Long Branch (N.J.) High School, are expected to draw more than 75 teams for competition in elementary, middle and high school divisions.
Schenectady’s Nick DiCaprio won the NHCSA Nationals, and the 112-pounder is on the 18-man Titan team in the high school brackets.
DiCaprio’s brother, Kyle, is the team’s 140-pounder. Both DiCaprios placed at the Section II Division I state qualifier in February.
State high school place-finisher Brian Walsh, who attends Loudonville Christian School and wrestled as part of the Watervliet High team last winter, will compete at 145.
“We’ve got people who have had success at the high school level, and some who I think will be at that level next year,” said LaMountain, a former Colonie High standout. “[Voorheesville’s] Dylan Foster and Taylor Treadgold have both had strong off-seasons. Schuyler Simpson [Maple Hill] is another one who has been in the club, but hadn’t done a lot of traveling with us.
“This year, he’s had success, and his confidence is up. It was just a matter of getting the experience.”
Also on the duals team are Section II place finishers Cody Mosley of Averill Park (103), A.J. Rue of Saratoga Springs (130), Columbia’s Evan Wallace (135) and Mechanicville’s Josh Harrison (160) and Sam Chase (285).
Mosley, Rue, Colonie’s Joe Shell (189) and Albany’s Stefon Flood (152) joined the DiCaprios as place finishers in the NHSCA Nationals.
“Nick has had 91 matches, Kyle has 90, Corey Southard has 94 matches, A.J. has over 100, Joe Shell has 103,” said LaMoutain, whose team trains at the Steuben Athletic Club. “We’re like a family. We don’t leave anyone home when we go to a tournament.”
103 — Cody Mosley (Averill Park); 112 — Nick DiCaprio (Schenectady); 119 — Corey Southard (Columbia); 125 — Taylor Treadgold (Voorheesville); 130 — Paul Billings (Cohoes), A.J. Rue (Saratoga Springs); 135 — Evan Walllace (Columbia); 140 — Kyle DiCaprio (Schenectady); 145 — Dylan Foster (Voorheesville), Brian Walsh (Loudonville Christian School/Watervliet); 152 — Stefon Flood (Albany), Greg Wetzel (Arlington); 160 — Josh Harrison (Mechanicville), Gunnar Simpson (Maple Hill); 171 — Schuyler Simpson (Maple Hill); 189 — Joe Shell (Colonie); 215 — Tim Fensterer (Mechanicville); 285 — Sam Chase (Mechanicville).
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