Cory Quintana made a decision to better himself in the offseason.
He’s done that, both on and off the wrestling mat.
The Mohonasen 285-pounder raised his season record to 22-2 by winning the Schenectady Invitational, the record the result of a summer of continuous wrestling. His effort helped the Mighty Warriors finish second to Peru, which entered the tourney after having to withdraw from the Eastern States Classic.
“I decided that I was going to make wrestling a priority, even at the expense of football,” Quintana said. “I trained and worked all summer. I think my offseason record was 80-3, so I got a lot of matches.
“I knew I needed a lot of mat time if I wanted to be with the best in the section. It’s paid off, so far.”
Mohonasen coach Sean Daley is not only impressed by what Quintana has done on the mat, but off the mat, as well.
“He’s really matured,” said Daley. “He enlisted in the Army National Guard last month, he’s planning on going to Brockport to wrestle and he already knows the day he’s leaving for boot camp after graduation in June.”
“I’m planning on being in the ROTC program and wrestling at Brockport, and after four years, when I graduate, I’ll be an officer,” said Quintana. “I leave for Fort Benning, Ga., on June 25, then it’s off to Brockport.”
Quintana’s workout partner, Bobby DiFulvio, won the 220-pound title in his first competition of the season.
“He couldn’t beat Cory, so he had to lose 30 pounds to get into the lineup,” said Daley, who had a third finalist in 160-pounder Kyle Ragule, who lost to Johnstown’s Brandyn Ainsworth.
“We brought 12 wrestlers, and 10 of them placed [in the top six],” said Daley.
Galway had similar success, though the Eagles went 0-for-3 in the finals.
“We’re getting better,” said coach Mike Sartin. “The numbers are up, and more of them are turning into year-round wrestlers.”
Nico Riccio (106), Jay Oakes (138) and Brandan Aschmutat (182) all reached the finals.
“Nico only has three losses, and they’re all to quality wrestlers,” Sartin said. “Even with the losses in the finals today, it’s good to see a team like Peru.”
Schenectady had a champion in 138-pounder Gus Clark, a Section II runner-up from a year ago.
“I’m getting ready for sectionals,” said the senior after picking up
career win No. 116. “Just fine-tuning my game.”
Scotia-Glenville had finalists in Nick Leffler (145) and Jon DiPace (195), and Fonda-Fultonville’s Jackson Simpson got to the 99-pound final.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Abe Carey was second at 113.
“Tournaments are important, because we don’t have any dual meets this year,” said Carey, referring to his team dropping all of its Foothills Council and non-league matches for budgetary reasons. “I’m hoping to see good competition at the tournaments to get ready for sectionals.”
The Patriots are down to a handful of wrestlers, which makes it hard to stay sharp.
“There are only a few in the room,” said Carey, now 17-2 for the season. “You can’t do as many things as you can when you have lots of guys in the room.”
Ballston Spa had 120-pounder James Ronca and 152 Tyler Wachtel win their weight classes.
“Adding Peru made it a tougher tournament, but it also made it a better tournament,” said Schenectady first-year coach Chad Languish. “We’ve got a lot of younger kids, so the idea is to expose them to good competition, to see what it’s like.”
Top seeds Nick Kelley (132) and Tony Fusco (195) won to remain undefeated, as Shenendehowa finished second to Wyoming (Pa.) Seminary in the team race.
Kelley had three pins and a technical fall before defeating Nick Mauriello of Hauppauge, 10-4 in the final. Fusco had a pair of pins, including No. 4 seed Reggie Williams of Johnson City in the semifinals, before beating Austyn Hayes of Phoenix in the finals.
Cole Lampman also reached the finals at 285, losing by pin to No. 1 seed Michael Johnson of Wyoming Seminary.
Corey Ali was sixth at 106, and Levi Ashley took seventh at 182.
Aaron Dudley of Hudson Falls placed second at 160, losing to Frank Affronti of Wayne, 4-3, in overtime.
Top-seeded Connor Sutton of LaSalle was upset in the quarterfinals by Joe Cataldo of MacArthur, and Dudley beat Cataldlo, 8-4, in the semis.
Brandon Lapi of Amsterdam placed third at 113, Sutton and teammate Jon Babson (220) both were fourth, Whitehall’s Zach Diekel was fourth at 195, and Noah Valastro of Hudson Falls placed seventh at 126.
DOMINICK KOSSMAN DUALS
Saratoga Springs finished second to Copenhagen in the team standings, compiling 289 points to Copenhagen’s 312. Copenhagen won its match between the teams, 45-30.
The Blue Streaks’ lightweights — Richard Schrade, Dominic Inzana, Nick Dyer and Hunter Rumpf — went 18-2, with Inzana and Rumps 5-0, as were Nick Drumm, Nick Gibbons and Rich Cooper.
The host Indians went 3-2, beating Albany, Canajoharie/Fort Plain and Cohoes and losing to Saratoga and Copenhagen.
Alexis Bleau (99), Lucas Howland and Skyler VanDerwerken all went 5-0.
MOUNT ANTHONY TOURNAMENT
Josh LoGiuduce (99) and Mike McGill (220) won titles, and Nick Haluska (145) and Jesse Futia (160) also got to the finals as Guilderland finished second to the host team.
Mike Lainhart (106), Josh Stuto (113) and Jesse Mesick (285) were third for the Dutchmen.
Salem took fourth, with Luke Fronhofer (99), Carter Merecki (106), Dan VanDyk (120), Tyler Morris (182) and Tom Wilson (195) all second. Dustin Humphrey (152) and Kyle Eastman (160) both took fourth for the Generals.
Averill Park placed sixth as Don Nalley (99), Gary Goodermote (126) and Cody Mosley (138) all placed third.
Zach Marcel won the 120-pound title to lead Corinth’s effort. Kyle Mulcahy (138) also got to the finals, with Tyler Mulcahy (126) third.
Team scores — Peru 284.5, Mohonasen 178.5, Saranac 169.5, Ballston Spa 141, Schenectady 115, Galway 108, Scotia-Glenville 92.5, Fonda-Fultonville 75, Hadley-
Luzerne/Lake George 71, Taconic (Mass.) 66, Niskayuna 57.5, East Windsor (Conn.) 42, Johnstown 41, Broadalbin-Perth 22.
99 — Ethan Feazelle (P) dec. Jackson Simpson (Fon), 14-0; 106 — Kyler Agoney (P) pinned Nico Riccio (Gal), 5:04; 113 — Max Marte (P) pinned Abe Carey (BP), 4:57; 120 — James Ronca (BS) dec. Codie Gillette (Sar), 6-3; 126 — Jacob Bushey (P) dec.
Trevor Goddeau (Sar), 3-1; 132 —Jacob Goddeau (P) technical fall over Jay Oakes (Gal), 4;14; 138 — Gus Clark (Schen) pinned Nick Forget (P), 1:55; 145 — Noah Phillips (P) dec. Nick Leffler (Sco), 13-1; 152 — Tyler Wachtel (BS) dec. Josh Wright (P), 4-0; 160 — Brandyn Ainsworth (J) dec. Kyle Ragule (Moh), 7-4; 170 — Troy Seymour (P) dec. Jesse Kordana (Tac), 14-7; 182 — Nate Wood (Sar) pinned Brandon Aschmutat (Gal), 3:44; 195 — Ben Perry (Sar) dec. Jon DiPace (Sco), 7-2; 220 — Bobby DiFulvio (Moh) pinned Luke McKee (P), 3:09; 285 — Cory Quintana (M) pinned Emanuel Zamora (Schen), :42.
99 — Mahesh Bhoge (Moh) pinned Tyler Lovett (Schen), 2:25; 106 — Trevor Ramoutar (Schen) dec. Kelsey Gray (Fon), 9-2; 113 — Austin Kownack (Moh) dec. Brandon Kniskern (BS), 6-0; 120 — Tanner Phillips (P) dec. Dan Jardine (HL), 2-0; 126 — Josh Culora (Sco) pinned Jason Hoffman (HL), :50; 132 — Dalton Jones (BS) pinned Cody Cooke (Sco), 2:03; 138 — Austin LaTulip (Sar) dec. Dom Notar (Moh), 5-4; 145 — Steve Shadick (Moh) dec. Mike Phillips (Sar), 7-1; 152 — Tracis Kuni (Tac) dec. James Black (Sar), 9-1; 160 — Ryan Papalau (Gal) dec. A.J. Paniccia (BS), 3-0; 170 — Tyler Swett (BS) pinned Tom Layton (Moh), 2:06; 182 — Omar Abdoun (N) pinned Kyle Conley (EW), 1:33; 195 — Joaqion Zamora (Schen) dec. Cody Fisher (Fon), 12-7; 220 — Jimmy Plakas (N) dec. Paul Herrera (Sar), 8-2; 285 — Derrick Cumber (P) pinned Adam Agresta (HL), :47.