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Shenendehowa’s Meys completes drive for five

Shenendehowa’s Meys completes drive for five

Austin Meys joined exclusive company Saturday night, becoming just the third athlete to win five Sec

Austin Meys joined exclusive company Saturday night, becoming just the third athlete to win five Section II champ­ionships.

The 189-pound senior’s effort helped Shenendehowa to another team title in the Division I state qualifier, as the Plainsmen crowned four individual champions, giving them nine in the last two years at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

“Those are some pretty good wrestlers,” said Meys of Shenendehowa grad Greg Parker and Salem’ Carl Fronhofer, the only other wrestlers to win a handful of titles in this tournament. “I really wanted to pin in the finals, though.”

Meys’ early second period technical fall win over Ballston Spa’s Chris Ohnsman capped a day that saw Luke Popolizio win a third Section II title, and John Belanger and eighth-grader Nick Kelly earn their first.

Duanesburg junior Evan Borst won the Division II Most Outstanding Wrestler Award after a last-second takedown beat defending champ Curt Thompson of Whitehall in the 119 final.

“I used a move like that late in a finals of another tournament earlier this year,” said Borst. “I’ve wrestled him before, and we have similar styles. It comes down to who gets that last takedown.

Duanesburg also had 10th-grader Nick Gwiazdowski earn an automatic spot in this weekend’s state tourney in Albany. Gwiazdowski nipped 2008 state bronze medalist Jeremy Burns of Hoosick Falls, 4-3, in the DII 189 final.

Shenendehowa went 6-for-9 in the semis. In addition to the finalists, the Plainsmen got a third from Zach Mulderry (130), fourths from heavyweights Mike Almaviva and Adam Geleta, a fifth from Casey Schnackenberg at 135, and a sixth from defeated semifinalist Sean Kusaywa at 171.

Popolizio earned a third trip to the state tourney. He was finished second both years.

“It’s great to win a third,” Pop­olizio said. “The was to get another chance at the states.”

That was also the objective of Scotia-Glenville senior Dan Riggi, who won his second Section II title in four trips to the final by beating Shenendehowa’s Seth Hazelton, 4-0, at 125.

Though he probably secured his fourth trip to the state event just by reaching the final, he wanted to leave no doubt.

“The wild card is great, but there’s nothing like winning this tournament,” said the Binghamton University-bound Riggi. “It was tough, because Seth and I are friends, and we wrestle each other all the time. But I was going to win, no matter what.”

Guilderland senior Matt Cubillos, fourth in the state a year ago, picked up his second Section II title with a thorough 11-0 win over Columbia’s Adam Hulett at 130.

“The first one is special, but getting another is great, especially when people expect you to win,” Cubillos said.

Amsterdam crowned three champions, as Giuseppi Lanzi (140), John Paris (160) and Dan McNam­ara (171) all won.

“I’ve been working for this since seventh grade,” said Lanzi, second a year ago and third here twice. “It’s been a lot of work.”

McNamara followed last weekend’s Class B win with his first Section II title.

“It’s different for me, because we have some guys who wrestle all year,” said McNamara, who also plays football and baseball for the Rams. “I’ve always wrestled, but I’ve had to stop for other sports during the year.”

Zeal McGrew gave Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake its only champion when he edged Guilderland’s Devan Van Auken, 12-10, in overtime at 215. McGrew was a wild- card state entry last year at 285, and came within a win of placing in the top six.

Colonie’s Eliah Golding neared 200 career wins by winning his first sectional title (152), and LaSalle state champs Zach Clemente (145) and Ken Altarac (285) repeated with pins in the final.

Glens Falls senior Nick Lashway earned DI MOW honors with a 19-8 win at 135 over previously unbeaten Brian Latham of Columbia.

Queensbury freshman Josh St. John won the 96 DI title.

Duanesburg put four in the DII finals, with Gus Clark (125) and 2008 champ Randy White (130) also getting to the finals. The Eagles finished eight points behind champ Whitehall in the team standings.

Schalmont’s Vinny Gallo and Billy Chandler both fell in the finals.

Gallo lost to Whitehall freshman Zach Diekel (first at 135 last year) in the 171 final. Chandler fell to Johnstown’s Joey Morrison in the 145 championship bout.

Morrison and repeat winner Mark Gillen took home titles for Johnstown, which placed third as a team. For Morrison, it was his final chance for a championship after four previous top-six finishes.

“Six years. I’ve been working for this for six years,” said Morrison, who said the key was finding a weight where he felt comfortable.

“I could have gone 140, 145 or even 152, but I wanted to be at a weight where I could feel healthy and strong all year,” he said. “We had enough guys in the lineup so I could pretty much stay at this weight.”

Ravena soph Andy Lyman was another who made the final jump after being in the mix at this event.

“It’s definitely a much better feeling,” said Lyman, who will be joined by teammate Joey Persico, the 112 champ, at the state tournament. “This has been a goal of mine.”

Niskayuna’s Kevin Selin finished third at 171; Schenectady had placer finishers in Nick DiCaprio (fourth, 103), Kyle DiCaprio (sixth, 125) and Josh Vics (fourth, 135); and Sar­atoga’s Ford Plowman was fifth at 189 for the Blue Streaks’ best finish in the DI event.

In addition to its four finalists, Duanesburg had 96-pounder Curt Rowley finish third, Tyler Waldron finish fifth at 135, and Ryan Brown place fifth at 140.

Other Schalmont wrestlers to place were Sammy Shields (sixth, 125) and Alberto Beltran (sixth, 152).

Additional entries for the state tournament will be decided Monday, when four wild cards will be added to each bracket. The top qualifiers from around the state, based on a point value that weighs records and previous postseason placings, will be ranked, then added to the state brackets.


Top 10 team scores — Shenendehowa 204.5, Amsterdam 177.5, Guilderland 122, Queensbury 116, LaSalle 114, Colonie 198.5, Averill Park 97, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 83.5, Ballston Spa 82, Columbia 77.5

Championship finals

96 – Josh St. John (Queensbury) dec. Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam), 4-3; 103 – Nick Kelly (Shenendehowa) pinned Zach Hamell (Queensbury), 3:03; 112 – Luke Popolizio (Shenendehowa) dec. Connor Sutton (LaSalle), 7-3; 119 – John Belanger (Shenendehowa) dec. Jon Clemente (LaSalle), 5-0; 125 – Dan Riggi (Scotia-Glenville) dec. Seth Hazelton (Shenendehowa), 4-0; 130 – Matt Cubillos (Guilderland) dec. Adam Hulett (Columbia), 135 – Nick Lashway (Glens Falls) dec. Brian Latham (Columbia), 19-8; 140 – Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam) pinned Matt Lashway (Queensbury), :58; 145 – Zach Clemente (LaSalle) pinned Lee Smith (Shenendehowa), :17; 152 – Eliah Golding (Colonie) dec. Jestin Seays (Amsterdam), 10-5; 160 – John Paris (Amsterdam) pinned Ethan Wilson (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 1:12; 171 – Dan McNamara (Amsterdam) pinned Chad Obzud (Lansingburgh), 2:33; 189 – Austin Meys (Shenendehowa) technical fall over Chris Ohnsman (Ballston Spa), 15-0; 215 – Zeal McGrew (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) dec. Devan VanAuken (Guilderland), 12-10 (OT); 285 – Ken Altarac (LaSalle) pinned Nate Brown (Averill Park), 3:44.

Third-place bouts

96 – Cody Mosley (Averill Park) dec. Joey Butler (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 5-0; 103 – Jeff King (Averill Park) ded. Nick DiCaprio (Schenectady), 13-3; 112 – Kevin Bates (Guilderland) dec. Matt Greene (Beth­lehem), 5-2; 119 – Travis Wolanski (Guilderland) dec. Steve Anson (Colonie), 7-0; 125 – Jason Chudzinski (Colonie) pinned Peter Allen (Averill Park), :36; 130 – Zach Muldertry (Shenendehowa) pinned AdamLaMountain (Averill Park), 1:40; 135 – Matt Hart (Guilderland) dec. Josh Vics (Schenec­tady), 6-5; 140 – Kyle Warmt (Ballston Spa) dec. Greg Reinhart (Guilderland), 6-4; 145 – Pat Lyons (South Glens Falls) dec. Jesse Bolduc (Queenbury), 3-1; 152 – Kevin Selin (Niskayuna) pinned Tony Fusco (Queensbury). 2:54; 160 – Zach Zovistoski (Col­onie) dec. Brandon Breault (Queensbury), 1-0; 171 – Bobby Fish (Columbia) dec. Mike Bonacci (Bethlehem), 4-3 (OT); 189 – Orlando Pacheco (Amsterdam) dec. Mike Mat­razzo (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 8-2; 215 – A.J. Monin (Colonie) dec. Mike Almaviva (Shenendehowa), 8-2; 285 – Van Huyben (Ballston Spa) default over Adam Geleta (Shenendehowa).

Fifth-place bouts

96 – Josh Culora (Scotia-Glenville) dec. Shawn Berman (Albany)., 11-1; 103 – Gaetano Lanzi (Amsterdam) dec. Won Suh Nordquist (Glens Falls), 6-2; 112 – Mark Hitchcock (Mohonasen) dec. Alex Siudy (Amsterdam), 8-4; 119 – Evan Wallace (Col­umbia) pinned Nick Leffler (Scotia-Glenville),1:55; 125 – Neil Robertson (Bethlehem) dec. Kyle DiCaprio (Schenectady), 13-2; 130 – Brandon Guthrie (Colonie) forfeit over A.J. Rue (Saratoga Springs); 135 – Casey Schnackenberg (Shenendehowa) dec. Dan Lee (Bethlehem), 3-0; 140 – Ben Clemente (LaSalle) dec. Bryce Harrington (Glens Falls), 3-3 (OT tb); 145 – Mike Martin (Averill Park) dec. Jared Wojtowecz (Ballston Spa), 5-3; 152 – Dylan Clarke (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) dec. Steve Paniccia (Ballston Spa), 12-1; 160 – Dan Barth (Bethlehem) default over Eugene Sellie (Guilderland); 171 – Dan Hanchett (Queensbury) pinned Sean Kus­aywa (Shenendehowa), 2:59; 189 – Ford Plowman (Saratoga Springs) dec. Austin Schnapp (Lansingburgh), 3-2; 215 – Robert Pacheco (Amsterdam) pinned Tyler Kraus (Mohonasen), 3:00; 285 – Jordan Brand (Glens Falls) pinned Mike Depercin (Alb­any), 4:13

Semifinal results

96 ­— Lapi dec.Mosely, 2-1; St. John pinned Berman, 1:53. 103 — Kelley dec. N.DiCaprio, 4-0; Hamell dec. King, 8-2. 112 — Popolizio technical fall over Hitchcock, 16-0; Sutton pinned, 2:23. 119 — Belanger pinned Wolanski. 5:14; J. Clemente pinned Wallace, 5:36.125 – Riggi technical fall over K. DiCaprio, 17-2; Hazelton dec. Chudzinski, 6-2 (3OT). 130 — Cubillos pinned Guthrie, :50; Hulett dec. Rue, 11-5. 135 — Latham technical fall over Vics, 21-6; N. Lashway dec. Hart, 11-1. 140 — Gi. Lanzi pinned B. Clemente, 3:15; M. Lashway pinned Warmt, 4:56.145 — Z.Clemente pinned Bolduc, 3:01; Smith dec. Lyons, 9-4. 152 — Golding dec. Fusco, 9-8; Seays dec. Selin, 14-11. 160 — Paris injury default over Sellie; Wilson dec. Zovistoski, 14-11. 171 — McNamara dec. Bonacci, 13-0; Obzud dec. Kusaywa, 6-2. 189 — Meys pinned O.Pacheco, 1:14; Ohnsman dec. M.Matrazzo, 5-1. 215 — McGrew dec. Almaviva, 8-3; VanAuken pinned Monin, :54. 285 — Altarac pinned Huyben, 3:02; Brown dec.Geleta, 3-2.



Top 10 team finishes — Whitehall 141, Duanesburg 133, Johnstown 115, Salem 89, Warrensburg 85, Watervliet 82, Schuylerville 80, Ravena 78, Hudson Falls 76, Schalmont 63.5

Championship finals

96 – Brendan Goldup (Schuylerville) dec. John Delaney (Watervliet), 9-6; 103 ­– Noah Valastro (Hudson Falls) dec. Ty White (Whitehall), 7-5; 112 – Joey Persico (Ravena) pinned Tyler Pavlin (Catskill), 5:59; 119 — Evan Borst (Duanesburg) dec. Curt Thompson (Whitehall), 4-2; 125 – Andy Lyman (Ravena) dec. Gus Clark (Duanesburg), 10-3; 130 – Mark Gillen (Johnstown) technical fall over Randy White (Duanesburg), 17-1; 135 – Brian Walsh (Watervliet) dec. Karl Palmer (Granville), 4-2 (OT); 140 – Jake Oswald (Tamarac) dec. Josh Glick (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), 4-4 (OT criteria); 145 – Joey Morrison (Johnstown) dec. Billy Chandler (Schalmont), 7-2; 152 – Jerry Clark (Voorheesville) dec. David Adams (Salem), 3-2; 160 – Taylor Robichaud (Hoosick Falls) pinned Dustin Hallock (Cohoes), 4:23; 171 – Zach Diekel (Whitehall) dec. Vinny Gallo (Schalmont), 11-1; 189 – Nick Gwiazdowski (Duanesburg) dec. Jeremy Burns (Hoosick Falls), 4-3; 215 – Logan Rock (Warrensburg) dec. Greg Mollnow (Cohoes), 6-3; 285 – Dan Ladd (Schuylerville) dec. Sam Chase (Mechanicville), 3-1.

Third-place bouts

96 – Curt Rowley (Duanesburg) pinned Zak Shaw (Fonda-Fultonville), 4:58; 103 – Mike McNally (Watervliet) dec. Kody Shaw (Fonda-Fultonville), 4-2; 112 – John Diekel (Whitehall) pinned Zack Winney (Hudson Falls), :30; 119 – Taylor Treadgold (Voorheesville) dec. Donavan Santi­steban (Warrensburg), 3-2; 125 – Cecil Hayes (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George) pinned Logan Winter (Warrensburg), 2:10; 130 – Aaron Dudley (Hudson Falls) dec. Austin Padgett (Salem), 2-1 (OT); 135 – Tyler Nicholson (Corinth) pinned Kyle Evans (Maple Hill), 1:26; 140 –Aaron Hamilton (Salem) dec. Austini Debell (Johnstown), 2-1; 145 – Jake Kubrickey (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George) dec. David Northshield (Salem), 4-3; 152 – Jake Arrunategui (Johnstown) dec. Josh Harrison (Mechanicville), 5-3; 160 – Travis Beayon (Whitehall) pinned David Kohls (Mechanicville), :42; 171 – Josh Stone (Schuylerville) dec. Adam Biron (Johnstown), 6-3; 189 – Eric Hastings (Granville) dec. Kevin Bardin (Salem), 3-2; 215 – Grant Gebo (Whitehall) dec. Luke Albrecht (Hudson Falls), 6-1; 285 – Keith Domermuth (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), 2:22.

Fifth-place bouts

96 –Joe Mazza (Galway) dec. Zach Marcel (Corinth), 7-6; 103 – Adam Erno (Mechanicville) dec. Adam White (Catskill), 8-2; 112 – Abby Roth (Warrensburg) dec. Lucas Howland (Schoharie), 4-0; 119 – Donny Radliff (Cobleskill-Richmondville) pinned Kyle Myers (Watervliet), 4:12; 125 – Andrew Etman (Watervliet) dec. Sammy Shields (Schalmont), 12-5; 130 – Eric Ripley (Whitehall) dec. Chris Holt (Schuylerville), 6-2; 135 – Tyler Waldron (Duanesburg) dec. Tim Sealey (Canajoharie/Fort Plain), 11-0; 140 – Ryan Brown (Duanesburg) dec. Nick Valastro (Hudson Falls), 9-5; 145 – Brandyn Ainsworth (Broadalbin-Perth) pinned Adam Dayton (Corinth), 4:57; 152 – Nate LaGoy (Whitehall) dec. Alberto Beltran (Schalmont), 12-6; 160 – Jim Sheedy (Voorheesville) pinned Kyle McKeighan (Salem), 2:26; 171 – Clint Dumoulin (Corinth) pinned Benny Freitas (Ravena—Coeyman-Selkirk), 2:09; 189 – Craig Cook (Johnstown) dec. Greg Hannay (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), 8-4; 215 – Will Schouten (Maple Hill) pinned Walter Foster (Granville), 4:03; 285 – Shane Dinkleacker (Coxsackie-Athens) pinned Devin Clark (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk), 3:44.

Semifinal results

96 — Goldup dec. Z.Shaw, 6-2; Delaney dec. Rowley, 11-8. 103 — T. White dec. McNally, 5-3; No. Valastro dec. K. Shaw, 12-0. 112 — Persico dec. Roth, 6-3; Pavlin dec. Winney, 12-6. 119 — Thompson pinned Myers, 3:40; Borst dec. Radliff, 9-4. 125 — Lyman dec. Hayes, 14-4; G. Clark dec. Winter, 11-2. 130 — Gillen pinned Holt, 3:22; R. White dec. Ripley, 12-3. 135 — Palmer dec. Evans, 5-0; Walsh dec. Nicholson, 6-4 (OT); 140 — Oswald dec. Ni. Valastro, 8-3; Glick dec, Debell, 11-3. 145 — Morrison dec. Northshield, 9-2; Chandler pinned Kubricky, 3:00. 152 — Adams pinned Arrunategui, 4:53; J. Clark dec. Harrison, 9-8.160 — Robichaud dec. Sheedy, 10-1; Hallock dec. Beayon, 4-0. 171 — Gallo dec. Biron, 10-0; Z.Diekel dec. Stone, 10-4.189 — Gwiazdowski dec. Bardin, 7-0; Burns dec. C. Cook, 13-1. 215 — Rock dec. Albrecht, 8-1; Mollnow dec. Mollnow, 5-1. 285 — Ladd pinned Campbell, :39; Chase dec. Domermuth, 8-3.

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