CLIFTON PARK – Shenendehowa wrestler Samuel Bergin has spent most of his varsity career grappling in the shadow of junior teammates Stevo Poulin and Colden Dorfman.
Now a sophomore, the 170-pound Bergin is beginning to make a name for himself in the Section II wrestling community, churning out victories in impressive fashion. On Tuesday night, Bergin opened the championship round of the Section II Division I dual meet, pinning opponent Chris Grace of Ballston Spa in 1:19. From there, the Plainsmen cruised to a convincing 51-19 win over the Scotties at Shenendehowa High School.
It was Bergin’s opening-match win that helped set the tone for the rest of the evening, according to Shenendehowa head coach Rob Weeks
“Sam has a lot of experience and doesn’t get nervous with the big scene,” said Weeks whose squad advanced into the title match with a hard-earned 39-35 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. “He’s very technical and knows how to capitalize on his physical abilities.”
With the victory, Shenendehowa secured its third consecutive Section II Division I dual meet championship. From Tuesday’s competition, Shenendehowa advances to the Feb. 1 dual meet championships at Onondaga Community College.
Bergin is now 14-9 on the season with all 14 wins coming via pin. He entered Tuesday’s dual meet after losing his last three matches following a six-match win streak.
“We have a tough schedule and the kids who I lost to were better than me, but it also made me better,” Bergin said. “I’m learning more moves and it’s paying off. I’m excited to grow and excited for the future. I have more to learn.”
As for Poulin and Dorfman, they didn’t disappoint, either, with both recording wins. Poulin, wrestling at 113 pounds, needed just 43 seconds to pin Ballston Spa's Connor Gregory while Dorfman posted a 12-1 decision over James Prastio in a 160-pound match. It was the 100th career win for Dorfman.
“I’ve been thinking about 100 wins since the eighth grade,” Dorfman said. “I was in my zone out there and was calm.”
Ballston Spa advanced into the championship match against Shenendehowa with a 65-22 victory over a shorthanded Amsterdam squad. The Rams were without four starters due to injury or discipline reasons.
“We’re trying to build a program here and progress,” Amsterdam head coach John Paris said. “We competed against Ballston Spa the last time we played them (40-35 loss), but it’s tough to win with so many kids out. “
Paris caught a glimpse of what he may have in future years with the impressive showing turned in by sophomore Brody Fallas, who pinned Dylan Wolff in just 41 seconds. Fallas had been wrestling at 220 pounds, but was bumped out to wrestle at 285.
“Brody is light for a heavyweight, but he has a good work ethic,” Paris said. “He’s starting to break through. Early on this season, he had a few mental lapses, but he has really progressed.”
Section II Division 1 Dual Tournament Championship
Shenendehowa 52, Ballston Spa 19
99 – Keeney (BSPA) dec. B. Deuel; 106 – N. Palso (BSPA) def. Grembocki; 113 – Poulin (SHEN) wbf. Gregory, :43; 120 – Ensminger (SHEN) wbf. Rurycz, 1:24; 126 – Robles (SHEN) wbf. Fitgerald, 1:01; 132 – Lomoscolo (BSPA) wbf. Derubertis, 1:53; 145 – McGarry (SHEN) dec. Acavio; 152 – Leavey (SHEN) dec. Davis; 160 – Dorfman (SHEN) dec. Prastio; 170 – Bergin (SHEN) wbf. Grace, 1:19; 182 – VanDusen (BSPA) wbf. Riley, 5:13; 195 – Delsignore (SHEN) win by fft; 220 – Insogna (BSPA) def. Yang; 285 – Underwood (SHEN) wbf. Lupo.