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State wrestling tournament starts Friday

State wrestling tournament starts Friday

Nearly 30 Section II teams will be represented
State wrestling tournament starts Friday
Stevo Poulin of Shenendehowa wrestles Zack Ryder of Minisink Valley for the 2019 state title.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

The New York state wrestling championship tournament is Friday and Saturday at Times Union Center in Albany. Competition will take place in Division I for large-school athletes and in Division II for small-school athletes. Section II has had at least one state individual champion every year going back to 2004.

Here are several more things to know ahead of the competition.

SCHEDULE

Action Friday begins with preliminary wrestling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by quarterfinals from 2 to 4 p.m., and wrestlebacks from 4 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, semifinals and wrestlebacks go from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by the consolation semifinals and wrestlebacks from 12:30 to 2 p.m., consolation finals from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the championship finals at 6:30 p.m. (on two mats after 5:50 p.m. opening ceremonies).

SECTION II TEAM

The Section II team includes 30 wrestlers who earned automatic state tournament invites by placing first at the Feb. 15 Division I and Division II championship event at Cool Insuring Arena, as well as 13 at-large wrestlers selected based on their strong credentials.

Michael Altomer of Columbia (195, 27-5) is the lone Section II Division I at-large selection. The Division II 106-pound bracket includes two Section II at-large selections in Mark Amedore of Schalmont (24-2) and Kieran Cullen of Greenville (41-6), and the Division II 132-pound bracket has two at-large selections in Patrick Moore of Watervliet (37-4) and Tanner McKenna of Warrensburg/Bolton (33-10).

Twenty-six Section II wrestling teams will have at least one wrestler in action. Mohonasen, Shenendehowa, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Warrensburg/Bolton and Whitehall/Fort Ann will each have three wrestlers competing.

Section II has four unbeaten wrestlers in Stevo Poulin of Shenendehowa (DI, 113, 43-0), Sean Malenfant of Averill Park (DI, 152, 39-0); Caleb Svingala of Maple Hill (DII, 126, 42-0) and Jeff Crooks of Cobleskill-Richmondville (DII, 13-0). Four other Section II wrestlers have one defeat entering the state tournament.

Poulin, Brock DelSignore of Shenendehowa (DI, 182, 41-4), Ethan Cooper of Cooper of Cobleskill-Richmondville (DII, 182, 36-3) and Crooks have been awarded No. 1 seeds.

LOOKING BACK AT 2019

Zack Lawrence of Duanesburg capped a 50-0 season last year with a state-championship win in the Division II 152-pound bracket. Lawrence finished his career as Section II's all-time wins leader with 277. Stevo Poulin of Shenendehowa won the Division I 106-pound title to complete a 44-0 season after earning the 99-pound championship in 2018 as a freshman. Caleb Svingala of Maple Hill was second in the Division II 106-pound group.

Division II wrestlers Trent Svingala of Maple Hill (132), Charlie Grygas of Duanesburg (160), Ethan Cooper of Cobleskill-Richmondville (170), Cody York of Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George (182) and Craig Sawyer of Hoosick Falls (285) placed third in 2019.

Among the other champions was Division I 138-pounder Adam Busiello of Eastport-South Manor, who became just the third five-time champion in state tournament history.

ELITE COMPANY

Shenendehowa junior Stevo Poulin is looking to join Austin Meys (2005, 2008-09) as a three-time state champion for the Plainsmen. Poulin is also looking to join his second-cousin Orion Anderson of Schuylerville as a state champion in three different weight classes. Anderson won his state titles in 2016 (at 106 pounds), 2017 (at 120) and 2018 (at 126). Poulin won his first state title in 2018 at 99 pounds and his second in 2019 at 106 pounds.

MILESTONE WATCH

Seniors Eric Griskowitz of Saratoga Springs (36-4) and Aiden Collen of Greenville (39-2) both reached 200 varsity wins while capturing their Division I and Division II titles, respectively, at the state meet qualifier. Griskowitz reached 200 wins with a decision in the DI 145-pound title match. Cullen reached 200 wins, and recorded his 100th career pin, in the  DII 132-pound quarterfinal round.

Mohonasen 138-pounder Jake Deguire (32-5) needs one victory to reach 150 for his career. The junior is 11-0 with Section II Class B and Division I titles since missing two weeks with a knee injury.

SECTION II TEAM

DIVISION I

99 — Clayton O'Connor (Mohonasen); 106 — Nick Palso (Ballston Spa); 113 — Stevo Poulin (Shenendehowa); 120 — Tyler Rossini (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake); 126 — Mike Santore (Shaker); 132 — Ben Catrambone (Niskayuna); 138 — Jake Deguire (Mohonasen); 145 — Eric Griskowitz (Saratoga Springs); 152 — Sean Malenfant (Averill Park); 160 — Colden Dorfman (Shenendehowa); 170 — Peter Meshkov (Niskayuna); 182 — Brock DelSignore (Shenendehowa); 195 — Cameron Durant (Guilderland); Michael Altomer (Columbia, at-large); 220 — Ryan Stein (Shaker); 285 — Camrin Russell (Mohonasen).

DIVISION II

99 — Jair Gomez (Ichabod Crane); Avi Berg (Glens Falls, at-large); 106 — Chris Petteys (Hudson Falls); Kieran Cullen (Greenville, at-large); Mark Amedore (Schalmont, at-large); 113 — Logan Campbell (Coxsackie-Athens); Torin Bishop (Tamarac, at-large); 120 — John Freebern (Corinth); 126 — Caleb Svingala (Maple Hill); 132 — Aidan Cullen (Greenville); Patrick Moore (Watervliet, at-large); Tanner McKenna (Warrensburg/Bolton, at-large); 138 — Greg Hotaling (Cobleskill-Richmondville); 145 — Bobby Treshock (Tamarac); David Austin (Whitehall/Fort Ann, at-large); 152 — Hunter McKenna (Warrensburg/Bolton); Justin Hoffman (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, at-large); 160 — Nick Pino (La Salle); Davin Leon (Schalmont, at-large); 170 — Alec Richards (Corinth); 182 — Ethan Cooper (Cobleskill-Richmondville); Tyler Goodemote (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh, at-large); 195 — Brendan Covey (Whitehall/Fort Ann); Nick McNulty (Watervliet, at-large); 220 — Jeff Crooks (Cobleskill-Richmondville); 285 — Spencer Dickinson (Whitehall/Fort Ann); Jacob Clear (Warresburg/Bolton, at-large).

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

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