The overwhelming majority of Section II wrestlers get a chance to put their holiday gift to use today.
All but a handful of the area teams are competing in tournaments today, in and out of section. And many lineups will look different, as the wrestlers have their two-pound allowance under their belts as they aim for their sectional weights.
Shenendehowa coach Rob Weeks is looking forward to fielding a lineup with athletes at their postseason weights as the Plainsmen defend their team title at the two-day Union-Endicott Duals.
“We finally got there tonight,” said Weeks after his team’s Suburban Council win over Shaker on Thursday night. “It makes things a little different.”
Shenendehowa also got Levi Ashley back into the lineup after the 11th-grader sat out two weeks with illness. In that time, the Plainsmen saw their long unbeaten league dual-meet streak end at the hands of Burnt Hills.
The Plainsmen bounced back by successfully defending their team title at the Spencerport Tournament.
“Maybe the other teams will underestimate us after seeing the Burnt Hills score,” said Weeks, whose team will compete for the first time at the Big 10 Tournament at Albany later this month. “But our kids know what type of team we have.”
Shenendehowa opens against the hosts today at noon, and also gets Minisink Valley and MacArthur in its Group C pool. With three wins, the third-seeded Plainsmen would advance to meet the winner of Group B (Sachem East, Clarence, North Rockland and Brockport) in Sunday’s 11 a.m. semifinal.
Wantagh is the top seed in Group A, and Monroe-Woodbury is the top seed in the four-team Group D pool.
The championship match is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.
Schalmont was also supposed to compete at Spencerport, but cancelled due to the weather. The Sabres are participating in the
Canastota tournament, where they will see face mostly Section III teams, include Division II power Phoenix.
“We couldn’t go to Spencerport, which we had scheduled as our big tournament, to get our best guys a chance to see some strong competition,” said Brian Faulisi, in his first season as Schalmont head coach. “We were able to get into the Canastota tournament, so that makes up for losing out on Spencerport.”
Saratoga Springs, Galway and Ravena are hosting traditional individual tournaments today, with Warrensburg hosting a six-team dual meet event. The host Blue Streaks, Queensbury and Section III’s General Brown should battle for the team title at Saratoga.
Numerous teams will be taking to the road.
Burnt Hills and Schoharie finish up the two-day Oneonta tournament today; Duanesburg is at the Deposit tourney; Mohonasen makes its annual trip to Bristol, Conn,; Watervliet and Berne-Knox-Westerlo are scheduled for the Ilion tournament; Colonie is entered in the two-day Roy C. Ketcham Duals; Columbia is at the Monticello
Duals; and LaSalle is in Pennsylvania for a dual meet event.