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Mohonasen's Deguire among Class B wrestling champions

Mohonasen's Deguire among Class B wrestling champions

Burnt Hills secures team title
Mohonasen's Deguire among Class B wrestling champions
Jake Deguire of Mohonasen and Jacob Slovak of Columbia vie for the Class B title Saturday.
Photographer: Peter Barber

ROTTERDAM — Jake Deguire's junior season stat line includes another milestone, and another individual championship, after Saturday's Section II Class B wrestling meet in his home gymnasium.

The Mohonasen team captain reached 100 career pins with three of them, and then added one more fall to secure the 138-pound title at a competition that saw the two of his schoolmates come out on top, as well.

"Pinning people feels good," Deguire said. "I want to pin everyone."

Deguire became Mohonasen's all-time wins leader earlier this season, and his four pins Saturday boosted his five-year varsity total to 146 victories. Earlier in the season, he notched four straight pins in winning the Mohonasen Invitational crown.

"He is one of the most gifted athletes I've seen," Mohonasen coach Brandon Guthrie said. "He is a three-sport athlete, and he shines in every sport."

Deguire won the Class B 132-pound championship as a sophomore before adding another title at the next weight class to his growing batch of mat credentials.

"It was a dominant performance," Guthrie said.

Deguire pinned Jacob Slovak of Columbia in 69 seconds for his fourth win Saturday. He pinned Kyle Miller of Queensbury in the semifinals in 4:13, and before that, recorded falls in 1:11 and 3:49.

"I knew he was strong," Deguire, the No. 1 seed, said of No. 3 Slovak. "I knew he was going to try to throw me. I didn't let it happen."

Deguire will look for his second consecutive Section II Division I title next Saturday at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. The top five in each weight class from Saturday's competition earned an automatic invite to that meet, which serves as the state meet qualifier.

"He went 1-2 at the state meet last year," Guthrie said. "He's gotten so much better. Obviously, this year the goal is to get as high up that podium as he can."

Clayton O'Connor of Mohonasen began the finals with a 37-second pin of Ralph Keeney of Ballston Spa in the 99-pound bout, and Camrin Russell of Mohonasen closed out the competition with another 37-second pin of Christian Robinson of Amsterdam in the 285-pount bout.

Nick Palso of Ballston Spa captured his fourth consecutive class championship with a major decision (11-3) over Jack Taylor of Burnt Hills in the 106-pound final.

"I beat him [Taylor] the past two years in the class finals, and I knew I could beat him again," Palso said. "I had to put together multiple moves."

James Prastio of Ballston Spa defended his 160-pound title with a 7-0 decision over Mason Lumbra of Averill Park.

"Hats off to him [Lumbra]. He's a great wrestler," Prastion said. "I knew what I had to do. Be physical. I tried to be."

"He's blossomed," Ballston Spa coach Harvey Staulters said of his senior leader. "He's taken it up a notch in confidence."

Prastion said he is anxious to make amends next Saturday in Glens Falls.

"I was fourth at the sectional championships last year. Looking back, I made some mistakes," Prastio said. "I took my foot off the pedal last year, and that was definitely a learning experience. I won't be doing that again."

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won Saturday's team title with 231 points, while Ballston Spa placed second (206.5) ahead of  Mohonasen (188), Queensbury (169) and Class B newcomer Columbia (159).

Burnt Hills last won the Class B title in 2015. Ballston Spa was the Class B champion last year and in 2018, and also copped the Class A top spot in 2017.

"It's the wrestleback guys who win it for you," Staulters said. "Burnt Hills did a nice job with their wrestlebacks."

Burnt Hills' 132-pound champion, Sam Lindberg, said the Spartans got a motivational speech recently from former BH-BL coach Tim Koch.

"He came by to speak with us," Lindberg said. "He said if you're not wrestling for a championship, wrestle back as hard as you can for the team."

Lindberg recorded a 9-4 decision over Ethan Weller of South Glens Falls to claim his title after picking up a pair of pins earlier on.

Gabe Goss of Burnt Hills decisioned Connor Gregory of Ballston Spa 3-0 for the 113-pound title, Colin Carlin of Burnt Hills pinned Kaiden Laluna of Queensbury in 1:58 for the 126-pound title, and Victor Little of Burnt Hills decisioned Seth Guay 11-5 for the 220-pound title.

"It was a really good day for Burnt Hills," Lindberg, one of the Spartans six finalists, said. "Hopefully we can continue this momentum for sectionals."

Lindberg, who lost in the 2019 Class B semifinals at 132 and won the 2018 championship at 126, can't wait to get back to Glens Falls.

"After finishing third last year, I am really motivated," Lindberg said. "I've been dreaming about this for a long time."

A pair of Class B champions from the 2019 meet locked horns in Saturday's 152-pound final, with Sean Malenfant of Averill Park defending his title by decisioning Nick Rodecker of Amsterdam 3-0. Rodecker was the Class B 145-pound champ last year.

Renso Montalvo (120) and Jacob Garcia (145) of Amsterdam were among the other champions.

Team scoring

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 231, Ballston Spa 206.5, Mohonasen 188, Queensbury 169, Columbia 159, Amsterdam 141.5, Averill Park 129, South Glens Falls 47.5, Scotia-Glenville 25, CBA 15.5.

Championship finals

99 — O'Connor (M) pinned Keeney (BS), :37; 106 — Palso (BS) major dec. Taylor (BH), 11-3; 113 — Goss (BH) dec. Gregory (BS), 3-0; 120 — Montalvo (Amst) dec. Rossini (BH), 3-2; 126 — Carlin (BH) pinned Laluna (Q), 1:58; 132 — Lindberg (BH) dec. Weller (SGF), 9-4; 138 — Deguire (M) pinned Slovak (Col), 1:09; 145 — Garcia (Amst) pinned Acacio (BS), 1:51; 152 — Malenfant (AP) dedc. Rodecker (Amst), 3-0; 160 — Prastio (BS) dec. Lumbra (AP), 7-0; 170 — Fraser (Q) major dec. Cooper (AP), 15-5; 182 — Schell (Q) dec. Cioffi (Col), 12-5; 195 — Altomer (Col) dec. Insogna (BS), 5-3; 220 — Little (BH) dec. Guay (Q), 11-5; 285 — Russell (M) pinned Robinson (Amst), :37.

Reach Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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