Shenendehowa’s Nick Kelley won his fifth title, leading a run of Plainsmen winners in Sunday night’s Section II Division I wrestling championships at Queensbury High School.
Kelley was joined by teammates Corey Ali (113 pounds), David Almaviva (145) as repeat DI winners. Ai Hashimee (182) and Levi Ashley (195) added titles for the Plainsmen.
Schalmont sophomore Nick Gallo (160) won his second straight DII title, and Corinth had three individual winners in the small-school event.
Kelley, who had to come from behind to beat LaSalle’s Joseph Clemente in the semis, beat Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior Joey Butler for the second straight year.
Juniors Brandon Lapi of Amsterdam and Blake Retell of Shaker both won their third DI titles. Gallo became a two-time champ by beating Green Tech’s Sheldon Allen.
“To be a five-time champion, it’s great,” said Kelley, who has signed to go to Binghamton University. “To be among the guys who have won five is great.”
He didn’t let the pressure of being the top man get to him.
“I’ve done this before, but I know that you can’t have any little slip, said Kelley. “You feel a little pressure.”
The 15 champions from both divisions earned spots in the upcoming state tournament, set for Feb. 22-23 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Kelley also got past Butler in the finals of the Big 10 Invtational late in the regular season.
Almavivia, his perennial workout partner, joined Kelley quickly, pinning Columbia’s Jimmy Devine in 45 seconds.
“I was so fired up for that match,” said Almaviva, who will join Kelley at Binghamton next year. “We’ve spent so much time working together, and it’s paid off.”
Gallo beat Green Tech’s Allen by injury default in the 160 final, his second straight Section II championship.
“Every time I go for some kind of a record, I end up hurting a kid,” he said. “My 150th win, I broke a kid’s arm. Today, I break my season win mark, and he gets hurt.
“Its still a great feeling to win.”
Connor Lawrence of Duanesburg won the DII 152 title from the top seed.
Jeff Senecal gave veteran coach Joe Bena a second champ by winning at 195.
“A lot of offseason work,” he said. “I wanted to get better, and move up on the podium.”
Guilderland got a pair of finalists. Josh LoGiudice won his match at 99, Mike Lainhart lost in the 106 final.
“It’s huge, because my school hasn’t had a Section II champion in a while,” said LoGuidice, who will take a 38-1 record into the state tournament. He was hoping his practice partner would make it a pair of champions.
“All of my success is from working with Mike. He and I work every day to make each other better. I see things he can work on, and he sees tnings I can work on.”
Colonie junior Golan Cohen ran his record to 49-3 with a pair of first-period pins and a 6-0 in over Lainhart in the 106 finals.
“I worked on how I could improve since stepping off the
podium last year,”said Cohen, who was sixth a year ago. “I did a lot in the offseason.”
A strong finish at the Eastern States Classic in January convinced him the work was paying off.
“You don’t always get a lot of tough matches early in the sesason,” he said. “That was great for my confidence. It showed me where I was.”
Jason Johnson (220) gave Colonie a second winner.
Retell won the rubber match against 2012 champ Kevin Parker at 120. Out with an injury last postseason, Retell got his third Section II title by taking an 8-6 win in OT.
Parker won their match during the Suburban Council season, and Retell evened their season series in the Class A final.
“It means a lot to get back to the top,” said Retell, who won titles as an eighth-grader and freshman before breaking his hand and missing on a three-peat a year ago.
“It’s really special because I wrestled a good match against a really good wrestler in Parker. He caught me in that spladle early, and I had to recover.”
Lapi built up a 16-0 lead over Columbia’s Kyle Greene before registering a fall just before the third-period ended.
“It’s still a great feeling,” said Lapi, who was a runner-up as a freshman and has won each year since. “I kind of miss being in the [Glens Falls] Civic Center, but it’s still a sectional championship.”
Teammates James Marquez will be joining Lapi at the the state tourney. He won the 160 title, one week after coming up a win short in the Class B final.
“Amazing. The best feeling,” said the senior, who dropped a frustrating decision to LaSalle’s Brendan Goldup last week.
“Doesn’t matter,” Marque said of getting Columbia’s Chris Morrisey, who beat Goldup in the semis. “I corrected the mistakes I made last week.”
Columbia’s Angelo Kress (152) repeated, and was joined at the top of the podium by teammats John McHugh (126) and state finalist El Shaddai VanHoesen (286).
Shenendehowa also got third-place finishes from Kevin Guardino (106) and Jordan Maynard (126), with Dietrich Hartman (96) and Tyler Gougler (170) taking fourth.
Burnt Hills got thirds from Nolan Hale (132) and Jake Ashcraft (152), and Saratoga Springs senior Hunter Rumpf closed his career with a third in the tough 120 bracket.
Schenectady senior Emamuel Zamora placed third at 220.
Corinth had three winners in the DII event. Sophomore Garon LeClair held his top seed at 99, racking up two pins and a technical fall.Third-seeded Ryan Matuszak won at 132, pinning No. 1 seed Sam DeLarge of Albany Academy. And senior Kyle Mulcahy wrappd up his career with a 9-5 win over Lansingburgh’s Taison Graham at 145, Graham beat top-seeded Andy Mollevik of Duanesburg in the semis.
“Once Garon made the weight, I thought he was the one to beat,” said Corinth coach Dick Whitaker. “Ryan had things open up for him in the section, and he took advantage of it.”
Whitehall’s Al Aubin unseated Salem’s Carter Merecki in the stacked 120-pound DII bracket. He knocked off another 2012 winner, Kyler Harrington of Hudson Falls, in the semis.
In DII, Schalmont senior Anthony Paturso bounced back from a tough semi loss to place third at 152. Teammate Tim Flower got third at 182.
99 — Josh LoGuidice (Guild) pinned Anthony Sgorrano (SGF), 1:53; 106 — Golan Cohen (Colonie) dec. Mike Lainhart (Guild), 6-0; 113 — Corey Ali (Shen) dec. Brandon Winchip (Qbury), 7-0; 120 — Blake Retell (Shaker) dec. Kevin Parker (Shen), 8-6 (ot); 126 — John McHugh (Columbia) dec. Kody Bruno (Qbury), 7-2; 132 — Brandon Lapi (Ams) pinnede Kyle Greene (Columbia), 6:00; 138 — Nick Kelley (Shen) dec. Joey Butler (BH), 5-0; 145 — David Almaviva (Shen) pinned Jim Devine (Columbia), :56; 152 — Angelo Kress (Columbia) dec Zach Joseph (Shen), 2-1; 160 — James Marquez (Ams) dec. Chris Morrissey (Columbia), 5-2; 170 — Jack Hatton (BH) pinned Franky Nassivera (Qbury); 182 — Ali Hashimee (Shen) pinned Anthony Papa (BH), :27; 195 — Levi Ashley (Shen) dec. Wayne Burt (Colonie), 3-2; 220 — Jason Johnson (Colonie) dec. Nico Fragale (BH), 9-2; 285 — El Shaddai VanHoesen (Columbia) pinned Austin DiCerbo (Colonie), :57.
99 — Richard Schrade (Saratoga) pinned Dietrich Hartman (Shenendehowa), :30; 106 — Kevin Guardino (Shenendehowa) dec. Max Tempel (Averill Park), 7-2; 113 — Alan McNeil (Averill Park) forfeit over Dominic Inzana (Saratoga Springs); 120 — Hunter Rumpf (Saratoga Springs) pinned Tristan Canova (Bethlehem); 126 — Jordan Maynard (Shenendehowa) dec. Brandon Diaz (LaSalle), 9-2; 132 — Nolan Hale (Burnt Hills) pinned Gary Goodermote (Averil Park), 3:30; 138 — Spencer Kilburn (South Glens Falls) injury default over Joseph Clemente (LaSalle); 145 — Dillon Deckert (Queensbury) dec. Eric Steele (Niskayuna), 5-2 (ot); 152 — Jake Ashcraft (Burnt Hills) dec. Tyler Moses (Averill Park), 5-1; 160 — Brendan Goldup (LaSalle) dec. Nick Dodd (Shaker), 5-0; 170 — Will Martin (Columbia) dec. Tyler Gougler (Shenendehowa), 1-0; 182 — Jesse Futia (Guilderland) dec. Garrette O’Grady (Ballston Spa), 12-3; 195 — Ken Garcia (Amsterdam) dec. Chris Tangora (Bethlehem), 4-3 (ot); 220 — Emanuel Zamora (Schenectady) dec. Matt Holton (Saratoga Springs), 4-2; 285 — Jim Helin (Saratoga Springs) pinned Cody Thomason (Albany).
99 — Garon LeClair (Corinth) technical fall over Bryan Kern (Maple Hill), 18-1; 106 — Luis Weierbach (Hoosick Falls) pinned Nico Riccio (Galway), 2:55; 113 — Matt Morris (Albany Academy) technical fall over Nolan Foster (Hoosick Falls), 15-0; 120 — Al Aubin (Whitehall) dec, Carter Merecki (Salem), 2-1 (ot); 126 — Daniel Van Dyk (Salem) dec. Anthony Mosca (Wvlt), 7-4; 132 — Ryan Matuszak (Corinth) pinned Sam DeLarge (Albany Academy), 3:57; 138 — Sean Romanski (Albany Academy) dec. John Diekel (Whitehall), 5-0; 145 — Kyle Mulcahy (Cornth) dec. Taishon Graham (Lansingburgh), 9-5; 152 — Connor Lawrence (Duanesburg) dec. Bryan Sherman (Hoosick Falls), 8-7; 160 — Nick Gallo (Schalmont) by injury default over Sheldon Allen (Green Tech); 170 — Geno Brancati (Hudson Falls) dec. Mike Green (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 2-1; 182 — Brad Burns (Hoosick Falls) by injury default over Tyler Morris (Salem); 195 — Jeff Senecal (Duanesburg) dec, Andre Maxam (Glens Falls), 8-1; 220 — Joe Nellis (Johnstown) pinned Marcus Ramundo (Schalmont); 285 — Alex Soutiere (Rav) dec. William Baker (Taconic Hills).
99 — Devin Van Vlack (Duanesburg) pinned Alex Lambert (Schalmont), 2:39; 106 — Austin Rich (Whitehall) dec Shane Barberis (Duanesburg),9-0; 113 — Cassidy White (Corinth) dec. Brandon Merchant (Cobleskill-Richmondville), 6-2; 120 — Dan Jardine (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George) pinned Kyler Harrington (Hudson Falls), 2:27; 126 — Jake Anderson (Schuylerville) dec. Tyler Mulcahy (Corinth), 8-6 (ot); 132 — Colby Davendonis (Hoosick Falls) dec Austin Lown (Duanesburg), 8-3 (ot); 138 — Freddy Pechette (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk) dec. Jason Hoffman (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George), 7-4; 145 — Andy Mollevik (Duanesburg) dec. Steven Culbert (Galway), 3-0; 152 — Anthony Paturso (Schalmont) dec. Garrett Hayes (Glens Falls), 10-0; 160 — Brad Perry (Granville) dec. Luke Misuraca (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk), 6-3; 170 — Frank Capone (Watervliet) pinned George Pooters (Cairo-Durham), 2:38; 182 — Tim Flower (Schalmont) dec. Brandon Boomhower (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk), 3-0; 195 — Santino Sierra (Rensselaer) dec. Sean Hogan (Hudson Falls), 10-8; 220 — Harrison Proctor (Schuylerville) pinned Zach Perras (Mechanicville), 2:30; 285 — Raekwon Ward (Lansingburgh) pinned Eric Moyer (Fonda-Fultonville), 1:55.