WARRENSBURG - Inside their cramped cinder-block headquarters Monday, the Warrensburg Central School wrestlers were relentlessly practicing moves, running drills, and conducting rigorous workout exercises - as they have for most days during their winter vacation.
Over the holiday break, the Burgher team has either been participating in these workouts, or competing in tournaments, wrestling a total of 13 of the 16 days off from school, Coach Mark Trapasso said.
"Some of our wrestlers may have questioned why they worked so hard over the break - but they wrestled and practiced with considerable dedication -and it will pay off for them," he said.
A primary reason for their strenuous schedule is the Warrensburg Duals Meet this weekend.
On Saturday, Warrensburg hosts six teams which wrestle a total of five dual matchups in one long day. Schools competing represent four sections in the state. Entered in the meet are Hudson Falls, Mohonasen, Beekmantown, Messina, Watervliet, and host Warrensburg. Wrestling competition starts at 10 a.m.
Trapasso predicted the Warrensburg Duals Meet will provide plenty of action, considering that several state finishers will be competing, including a state champion from Watervliet, as well as Burgher standout Logan Rock, who captured fourth place in the State Tournament last year.
"There will be some great wrestling," he said.
Wrestling competition this past week offered some highlights for the Burghers.
Rock, who wrestles in a light-heavyweight class, remained unbeaten for the season as he won first place in his 175-pound weight class Saturday in the 40th annual Peru Wrestling Tournament. In this meet, five other Burgher wrestlers placed.
Rock beat all opponents, helping his team place 7th among the 11 teams competing. In Rock's finals match, he beat Henry Marley of Kingston 5-1 for the title.
Burgher Colin Campbell pinned Ken Demingware of Spaulding Vt. in 1:33 to win 3rd place in the tournament.
Other Burghers earning places were John Vaisey, 6th at 96 pounds; Abby Roth, 5th at 112, Donovan Santisteban, 5th at 119 pounds; and Cole Tennant, 6th at 145.
Other teams entered in the traditional tournament were Massena, Malone, Westlake, Middlebury Vt., Ogdensburg, AuSable Valley, and tourney winner John Jay, in addition to Kingston, Warrensburg, Spaulding Vt., and host school Peru Central, which placed 2nd overall.
The Warrensburg Wrestlers stayed at a Best Western motel near Peru. Their accommodations were underwritten by the Warrensburg Wrestling Club.
Earlier last week, Rock was named champion of his weight class and three other Burgher wrestlers placed Tuesday at the Queensbury Wrestling tournament.
Rock won his weight class, beating his tough opponent from Scotia in the finals in a 5-3 decision.
Abby Roth put up a strong performance, capturing the runner-up spot in her 112-pound weight class.
Veteran wrestler Donovan Santisteban placed 3rd at 119 pounds, and Colin Campbell achieved 5th at 285. Cole Tennant competed at 145 pounds. The remainder of the Burgher team competed Friday in the Queensbury tournament's junior varsity class.