WARRENSBURG - Wrestlers from Warrensburg High School continued their winning streak at the annual Granville Tournament this past week. Three Burgher team members won titles at the 12-team competition and a fourth was named runner-up.
Winning first place in their weight classes were Donovan Santisteban at 119, Cole Tennant at 145, and Logan Rock at 215. Colin Campbell placed second at 285 and Logan Winter placed third at 125.
The highlight of the tournament, however was Burger wrestler Donovan Santisteban being named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the more than 100 grapplers competing in the Dec. 20 tournament.
At 119 pounds in the finals match, Santisteban beat Brendan Miller of Granville 7-1 for the title.
The Most Outstanding award was granted to Santisteban by a vote of the coaches, WCS Coach Mark Trapasso said.
Apparently a factor in the selection, he said, was that Santisteban was considered an underdog, as he was entered in the tournament fifth seed. He fought hard to win the title and overall tournament award by beating the No. 4, No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in that order.
Although he's had a stellar season in 2008 following up a successful campaign in 2007, this is Santisteban's first tournament title, Trapasso said.
"Donovan wrestled sharp and aggressive," he said.
Besides Granville and Warrensburg, competing in the tournament were Vergennes, which came in second; Otter Valley; Middlebury; Fair Haven - all from Vermont - followed by the Hadley-Luzerne-Lake George War-Eagles in seventh place; trailed by Galway; Rutland; Cambridge; Mill River and Bellows Fall, the latter two both of Vermont.
With capturing the top spot at Granville, Cole Tennant has now won two tournaments in his career, Trapasso said.
"Cole's been getting better every match," he said.
Warrensburg warhorse Logan Rock, at 215, secured his second tournament championship ever at the Granville meet. In 2007, Rock placed fourth in the state tournament in a very competitive weight class. Trapasso said he has high expectations for Rock the remainder of the year.
"Logan's big, strong and athletic - a good combination for a heavyweight," Trapasso said.
Colin Campbell placed second at the Granville tournament in the super-heavyweight class of 285, although he weighs a mere 238. Trapasso said Campbell uses aggressive moves and his muscles to overcome the weight disadvantage.
"Colin is strong and he works hard," Trapasso said.
Logan Winter, 125 pounds, placed third in the tournament. Trapasso said he's got a solid future in the sport.
"Logan's quite an athlete," he said.
Abby Roth, WCS's history-making Class D champion wrestler, twisted her knee in practice last week, so she sat out the tournament. Trapasso said he expects that she'll be back in action later this week, following up on her early season successes.
The War-Eagles of Hadley-Luzerne-Lake George had a good showing, with third-place finishes from Joe Plante at 112, Cecil Hayes at130 and Jake Kubricky at 145.