Shenendehowa wrestler Brock Delsignore, a junior, has made a verbal commitment to compete and study at North Carolina State, where he will join several others there with Section II connections.
N.C. State is coached by Niskayuna graduate Pat Popolizio, and his roster includes 2019 Shenendehowa graduate Kiernan Shanahan and 2018 Ballston Spa graduates Tyler Barnes and Jake Cook. The school's alumni include Duanesburg's Nick Gwiazdowski, who won NCAA heavyweight titles while with the Wolfpack.
Pat Popolizio's brother, Frank Popolizio, runs the Journeymen Wrestling Club of which Delsignore is a member, and Shanahan, Barnes, Cook and Gwiazdowski represented.
"Ultimately, familiarity won over," Frank Popolizio said of Delsignore's choice between N.C. State and other programs from Penn, Lehigh and Northern Iowa. "He's been going to camps and clinics there for 10 years."
"I've known the coaches for half of my life," Delsignore said. "I know some of the guys and get along well with them."
Delsignore won 145-pound Section II Class A and Division I titles last season — his first with Shenendehowa — and has gained 40 pounds since that season.
"I didn't want to be a little guys all my life," Delsignore said. "I have been working out every day, and I mean every day. I am doing the right things and making gains."
Delsignore wrestled for South Glens Falls for three years before heading to Shenendehowa. He qualified for the state tournament in each of the last three seasons, but did not place.
"Not the way I wanted it to turn out," Delsignore said. "I am aiming for a state title this year."
Frank Popolizio said the recruiting of Delsignore picked up a notch after he won the 170-pound title late last month at the Journeymen Fall Classic. He went 4-1 in a field that included several highly-ranked wrestlers.
"It made me feel great that a lot of people wanted me," Delsignore said.