GLENS FALLS — Colden Dorfman remembers a lot about the 160-pound Division I title bout he lost at last year's Section II wrestling championships at Cool Insuring Arena.
"I wasn't clapping like that," Dorfman, a Shenendehowa junior, said Saturday night after notching his third win. "This feels great honestly. I've thought about this since eighth grade."
Dorfman will represent Section II at the Feb. 28-29 state meet at Times Union Center after prevailing in the 160-pound final against Bassir Rezek of Shaker. He wrestled at the state meet last year, too, as an injury replacement after losing to his good friend Peter Meshkov of Niskayuna 7-0 in the sectional final.
"Some people would say I didn't earn it, and they were right," Dorfman said. "I proved myself. I've earned it all this year."
Dorfman pinned Scott Miller of Queensbury in 1:37, recorded a 3-2 decision over Mason Lumbra of Averill Park in the semifinals and needed 1:08 to pin Rezek and secure his state meet spot.
"That's been his focus this year, and he earned it," Shenendehowa coach Rob Weeks said. "He was the No. 1 seed coming in at 160, and he won the state qualifier."
It was Meshkov who came out on top last year, though he sustained a fractured sternum late in that 7-0 win over Dorfman.
"I threw him with 30 seconds left, and that's when the injury happened," Dorfman said. "He told me it didn't hurt until later that night."
So Dorfman filled his position as an unseeded state meet wrestler, and finished fifth with a 3-2 record.
"I wasn't supposed to be there," Dorfman said. "I had nothing to lose. I tried as hard as I could."
Dorfman believes he has four more wins in him this season. That's what it takes to be the best in New York.
"This year, I want to make a statement. Hopefully, this is the start of it," Dorfman said after improving to 36-10. "I want to be a state champion. I looked at the brackets, and I think I can do it."
"His advantage is he's got a tank that doesn't empty. He just keeps going," Weeks said. "In his semifinal, he kept at it and won it with his wherewithal and his cardio."
Meshkov will join Dorfman at the state meet after winning the Division I 170-pound title Saturday by beating Sam Bergin of Shenendehowa 3-1 in overtime
Shenendehowa 113-pound junior Stevo Poulin spent just 50 seconds on the mat in winning his third straight Section II Division I crown.
The two-time state champion pinned Nathan Fischer of Averill Park in 18 seconds, pinned Kyle Griskowitz of Saratoga Springs in 12 seconds and pinned Gabe Goss of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in 20 seconds in running his season mark to 43-0.
"In the past, I might have let the match go for a while and messed with the kid," Poulin said. "I just wanted to get in and out, and keep it professional."
Poulin defeated Goss at the Section II Division I dual meet tournament.
"I pinned him there, too," Poulin said.
Later this month Poulin will be looking to join Austin Meys (2005, 2008-09) as a three-time state champ from Shenendehowa. Poulin's only high school loss came during his freshman season.
Aside from Poulin and Dorfman, Shenendehowa's other champion was Brock DelSignore at 182. DelSignore reached his fifth consecutive sectional final Saturday (first three while attending South Glens Falls) and prevailed for the fourth straight time with a 22-7 tech fall against James Murphy of Niskayuna.
Mohonasen junior Jake Deguire will go after his 150th career victory in his first 138-pound bout at the state meet after collecting three wins to secure his second straight Section II Division I championship.
Deguire pinned his way through last week's Class B meet before notching three more falls Saturday to give him 104 of those in his career. Deguire is Mohonasen's record holder for both wins with his 149 and pins.
Deguire pinned Trevor Robbins of Queensbury in the 138-pound final in 3:55 to repeat as a sectional champion after taking the 132-pound crown last year. That title victory in 2019 was the first for a Mohonasen wrestler at the sectionals since 2012.
"That win last year got the other guys believing," Mohonasen coach Brandon Guthrie said
Mohonasen had five wrestlers at the sectionals last year when Guthrie took over the program. Saturday, the school had 11 athletes in action, and five of them placed in the top six including 99-pound champion Clayton O'Connor and 285-pound champ Camrin Russell.
"Jake has always been an inspiration with how hard he works," said O'Connor.
O'Connor won his title bout by technical fall 18-2 over Brandon Deuel of Shenendehowa, who got there from the No. 6 seed. Russell won his title match by pinning Brian Garrity of Shaker in 58 seconds.
"I knew what I had to do," O'Connor, the No. 1 seed, said. "Finish my shots. Keep attacking. Keep the points coming."
Averill Park junior Sean Malenfant ran his season record to 39-0 with a victory over Seamus Leavey of Shenendehowa in the Division I 152-pound final. Malenfant recorded pins in his first two matches before stopping Leavey in 1:30.
"I am just taking my season match by match," Malenfant said. "I've kept my cool before every match. Focused on what I needed to do. I didn't go in thinking I'm going to destroy everybody."
Malenfant, who also copped the Section II 152 -pound title as a sophomore, boosted his school wins record to 148 Saturday. He'll be looking to add to that total at the state meet where he went 0-2 as a sophomore.
"They were close matches," Malenfant said. "I hope to do better and keep moving along."
Cameron Durant of Guilderland was named the Division I most outstanding wrestler after claiming the 195-pound title with two pins and a decision. His second pin came against No. 1 seed Michael Altomer of Columbia in 66 seconds. Warrensburg/Bolton 152-pound champion Hunter McKenna was the Division II MOW.
99 — Clayton O'Connor (Mohonasen) tech fall Brandon Deuel (Shenendehowa), 18-2. 106 — Nick Palso (Ballston Spa) pin Vincent Grembocki (Shenendehowa), 2:12. 113 — Stevo Poulin (Shenendehowa) pin Gabriel Goss (Burnt Hills), :20. 120 — Tyler Rossini (Burnt Hills) dec. Jack Schiavo (Niskayuna), 5-0. 126 — Michael Santore (Shaker) dec. Colin Carlin (Burnt Hills), 5-0. 132 — Ben Catrambone (Niskayuna) dec. Sam Lindbuerg (Burnt Hills), 4-0. 138 — Jake Deguire (Mohonasen) pin Trevor Robbins (Queensbury), 3:55. 145 — Eric Griskowitz (Saratoga) dec. Jacob Garcia (Amsterdam), 3-1. 152 — Sean Malenfant (Averill Park) pin Seamus Leavey (Shenendehowa), 1:30. 160 — Colden Dorfman (Shenendehowa) pin Bassir Rezek (Shaker), 1:08. 170 — Peter Meshkov (Niskayuna) dec. Sam Bergin (Shenendehowa), 3-1 OT. 182 — Brock DelSignore (Shenendehowa) tech. fall James Murphy (Niskayuna), 22-7. 195 — Cameron Durant (Guilderland) pin Michael Altomer (Columbia), 1:06. 220 — Ryan Stein (Shaker) dec. Victor Little (Burnt Hills), 2-0. 285 — Camrin Russell (Mohonasen) pin Brian Garrity (Shaker), :58.
99 — Jair Gomez (Ichabod Crane) dec. Avi Berg (Glens Falls), 9-5. 106 — Chris Petteys (Hudson Falls) dec. Kieran Cullen (Greenville), 7-2. 113 — Logan Campbell (Coxsackie-Athens) dec. Torin Bishop (Tamarac), 7-2. 120 — John Freebern (Corinth) pin Gus Spohn (Cobleskill), 5:!5. 126 — Caleb Svingala (Maple Hill) dec. Owen Hicks (Fonda/Johnstown), 5-0. 132 — Aidan Cullen (Greenville) dec. Patrick Moore (Watervliet), 7-4. 138 — Greg Hotaling (Cobleskill) major dec. Tyler Stuart (Schalmont), 12-0. 145 — Bobby Treshock (Tamarac) dec. David Austin (Whitehall/Fort Ann), 3-1. 152 — Hunter McKenna (Warrensburg/Bolton) pin Justin Hoffman (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George), 4:19. 160 — Nick Pino (La Salle) dec. David Leon (Schalmont), 6-4. 170 — Alex Richards (Corinth) pin Cadan Landauer (Duanesburg/Schoharie), 2:53. 182 — Ethan Cooper (Cobleskill) major dec. Tyler Goodemote (BKW/MIddleburgh), 12-2. 195 — Brendan Covey (Whitehall/Fort Ann) dec. Nick McNulty (Watervliet), 8-2. 220 — Jeff Crooks (Cobleskill) pin Evan Day (Salem/Cambridge), :45. 285 — Spencer Dickinson (Whitehall/Salem) pin Andrew Dumas (Schuylerville/Greenwich), 5:31.