Section II wrestling championships will be held Saturday in five classes. Individual and team champions will be crowned, and individuals will gain entry to the following weekend’s state meet qualifier.
Here are five things to know about Saturday’s action.
WHO IS HOSTING
Shenendehowa and Warrensburg, which represented Section II at the New York State Dual Championships last weekend, will host the Class A and Class D sectional meets. Other hosts will be Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Class B), Corinth (Class C) and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (Class CC). Competition begins at 10 a.m.
Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls will host the Section II state meet qualifier Feb. 9 where athletes will be grouped for Division I (Class A, B athletes) and Division II (Class C, CC, D athletes) competition. Times Union Center in Albany will host the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament Feb. 22-23.
The Class A meet will include athletes from Albany, Bethlehem, Colonie, Columbia, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Spings Schenectady, Shaker and Shenendehowa.
The Class B meet will include athletes from Albany Academy, Amsterdam, Averill Park, Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown, La Salle, Mohonasen, Queensbury and South Glens Falls.
The Class CC meet will include athletes from Cobleskill-Richmondville, Cohoes, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, Mechanicville/Stillwater, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont, Schuylerville and Scotia-Glenville.
The Class C meet will include athletes from Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Cairo-Durham, Canajoharie, Catskill, Corinth, Coxsackie-Athens, Greenville, Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, Taconic Hills, Tamarac and Watervliet.
The Class D meet will include athletes from Berlin, Duanesburg, Galway, Granville, Hoosick Falls, Maple Hill, Rensselaer, Cambridge/Salem, Schoharie, Warrensburg and Whitehall/Fort Ann.
EYEING REPEAT TITLES
At the Class D meet, Duanesburg 152-pound senior Zach Lawrence will be going after his fifth straight class championship, and Maple Hill’s 132-pound senior Trent Svingala will be striving for his fourth straight class championship. Svingala used his Class D and follow-up Section II Division II wins last year as a springboard to the state 120-pound title.
At the Class CC meet, Cobleskill-Richmondville 170-pound junor Ethan Cooper will be going after his fourth consecutive class title.
Several wrestlers will be eyeing their third straight class titles including Thomas Minahan of Niskayuna, Brock Delsignore of Shenendehowa, Nick Palso and Jacob Stangle of Ballston Spa, Nik Koch of Averill Park, Alec Richards of Corinth, Dan Motta of Mechanicville/Stillwater, Bobby Treshock of Tamarac, Cody York of Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, Caleb Svingala of Maple Hill, Austin Lints of Schoharie and Nolan McNeil of Warrensburg. Delsignore won his first two while attending South Glens Falls.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMPS
Columbia (Class A), Ballston Spa (Class B), Cobleskill-Richmondville (Class CC), Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George (Class C) and Warrensburg (Class D) won team titles a year ago. Ballston Spa will be seeking its third straight title after placing first in Class A in 2017. Warrensburg will be going after its fourth consecutive Class D championship.
A LOOK BACK
Like Svingala, Shenendehowa sophomore Stevo Poulin used his class meet success in 2018 as a springboard toward a state championship. Wrestling at 99 pounds, Poulin went 3-0 at the Class A meet, notched three more wins at the Section II Division I meet, and later posted four wins to claim his New York title. Poulin wrestles now at 106.
The other returning Class A champions aside from Minahan are Austin Sill of Shaker, Eric Griskowitz, Brant Robinson and Doug Cooper of Saratoga Springs, and Michael Altomer and Jakob Edwards of Columbia. Columbia had seven finalists and four champions last year when it edged Shenendehowa (212.5-205) in the closest of the five team title battles.