Shenendehowa wrestling defends dual title

Plainsmen put together late rally
Ayden Robles of Shenendehowa and Aiden Scott of Columbia wrestle in the 120-pound final Tuesday night.
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Ayden Robles of Shenendehowa and Aiden Scott of Columbia wrestle in the 120-pound final Tuesday night.

CLIFTON PARK — In the end, that ace Shenendehowa had ready to play never became a factor.

The Plainsmen notched three late wins to overcome a deficit and then secure the Section II Division 1 dual meet title on their home mat Tuesday night.

Sebastian Underwood and David Ensminger sandwiched pins around a decision by Kevin Fobare to decide the outcome before state champion Stevo Poulin added a final fall in a 47-34 triumph over Columbia.

“We wrestled Niskayuna last week, and we did not wrestle well,” Shenendehowa coach Rob Weeks said after his team beat Queensbury in the semifinals and then one of its biggest rivals in the title bout. “The whole week, we were telling the guys, ‘We’ve got to compete. Let’s step up.'”

Several Plainsmen did, including Fobare, whose 5-0 decision over Nick Funari in the 285-pound match gave his team a 35-34 advantage.

“I love coming through in the clutch,” said Fobare, a junior who went 2-0 on the night with a pair of decisions. “I knew I had to win. My thought was if I didn’t win, we might not win.”

Underwood pinned Nathan Delamater at 220 as Shenendehowa crept within 34-32, and, after Fobare’s win, Ensminger clinched the title with another pin at 99 pounds against Maddie Hurd that made it 41-34. Poulin’s finishing touch was a pin over Noah Smith at 106 that kept the nationally ranked sophomore undefeated.

“Fobare stepping up for us was big,” Weeks said. “We have been prodding him all year to be more aggressive. He was pretty aggressive out there.”

Columbia had taken a 34-26 lead when 195-pounder Ryan Duryea pinned Harry Gould. Earlier on, the Blue Devils were up 16-5 after a pin by 132-pounder Zach Strope.

“We knew it was going to be a tough meet, but we were 100 percent confident,” Fobare said. “Our guys fought hard.”

Shenendehowa prevailed last year in the dual competition by beating Ballston Spa (37-34) in the semifinals and then Columbia (44-29).

“We put in the work every day,” Fobare said. “Day in and day out. This feeling is amazing to win it again.”

Pablo Delarosa (113), Seamus Leavey (138), Brock Delsignore (145), Colden Dorfman (170) and Brandon Fahr (182) also had wins for Shenendehowa. Aiden Scott (120), Jacob Slovak (126), T.J. Scaccia (152) and Jakob Edwards (160) had Columbia’s other wins.

“In the locker room before we came out, we were saying this is what counts,” Fobare said. “We beat Queensbury and we had Columbia next. We had to get it done.”

Shenendehowa defeated Queensbury 49-26 while on an opposite mat Columbia beat Ballston Spa 40-28 in the other semifinal.

“We wrestled better than the last time,” Ballston Spa coach Harry Staulters said of a 43-36 loss to Columbia earlier this season. “They are just an outstanding team.”

Shenendehowa had beaten Columbia 54-24 earlier this season.

Shenendehowa is headed to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Dual Meet Championships Jan. 26 at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. Shenendehowa went 0-2 last year at the inaugural state event, losing in its pool to Fulton (38-28) and Hilton (46-22).

“We want to compete out there,” Weeks said.

Championship
Shenendehowa 47, Columbia 34

113 — Pablo Delarosa (S) tech fall Anthony Poggoli, 20-5, 3:16; 120 — Aiden Scott (C) major dec. Ayden Robles, 12-4; 126 — Jacob Slovak (C) pin Maya Porter, 2:38; 132 — Zach Strope (C) pin Andrew Smolovik, 3:20; 138 — Seamus Leavey (S) tech fall Hollis Berry, 24-9, 5:20; 145 — Brock Delsignore (S) dec. Michael Altomer, 14-5; 152 — T.J. Scaccia (C) by forfeit; 160 — Jakob Edwards (C) pin Josh Penman, :41; 170 — Colden Dorfman (S) pin Angelo Cioffi, 1:42; 182 — Brandon Fahr (S) by DQ Adam Riley, illegal throw; 195 — Ryan Duryea pin Harry Gould, 3:43; 220 — Sebastian Underwood (S) pin Nathan Delamater, :50; 285 — Kevin Fobare (S) dec. Nick Funari, 5-0; 99 — David Ensminger (S) pin Maddie Hurd, 1:11; 106 — Stevo Poulin (S) pin Noah Smith, 1:09.

Semifinals
Shenendehowa 49, Queensbury 26

106 — Davin Leavey (S) by forfeit; 113 — Stevo Poulin (S) tech fall Dylan Sleezer, 17-2, 2:59; 120 — Ryan Sleezer (Q) pin Pablo Delarosa, 5:03; 126 — Trevor Robbins (Q) major dec. Maya Porter, 14-3; 132 — Dan Brady (Q) major dec. Antonio Lomascolo, 11-2; 138 — Seamus Leavey (S) dec. John Brady, 11-5; 145 — Brock Delsignore (S) by forfeit; 152 — Cody Deuel (S) major dec. David Sanders, 19-9; 160 — Colden Dorfman (S) major dec. Dylan Tucker, 15-2; 170 — Will Fraser (Q) pin Brandon Fahr, 2:46; 182 — Harry Gould (S) pin Shawn Stimpson, 3:49; 195 — Seth Guay (Q) pin Aidan Ritter, 5:40; 220 — Sebastian Underwood (S) by forfeit; 285 — Kevin Fobare (S) dec. Will Bell, 3-0; 99 — David Ensminger (S) pin Brayden Shattuck, 2:00.

Columbia 40, Ballston Spa 28
106 — Nick Palso (BS) major dec. Noah Smith, 10-2; 113 — Michael Yelle (C) dec. Owen Walsh, 4-3; 120 — Charlie Welcome (C) major dec. Zach Fitzgerald, 14-1; 126 — Aiden Scott (C) pin Geno DeRubertis, 4:%3; 132 — Jacob Slovak (C) dec. Chris Grace, 3-2; 138 — Zach Strope (C) dec. Amir Abdellatif, 11-10; 145 — T.J. Scaccia (C) major dec. Jack Davis, 9-1; 152 — Mike Altomer (C) tech fall Jake Hudson, 16-0; 160 — Jajob Edwards (C) by forfeit; 170 — James Prastio (BS) dec. Angelo Cioffi, 6-1; 182 — Peter Hansen (BS) dec. Adam Riley, 9-7; 195 — Colby Harblin (BS) pin Austin Fahrenkopf, 1:14; 220 — Ryan Duryea (C) pin Eric Brenan, 1:19; 285 — Jake Stangle (BS) pin Nick Furnari, :44; 99 — Connor Gregory (BS) pin Alex Crawford, 3:18.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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