WARRENSBURG - The Burgher wrestlers not only tallied individual feats in Saturday's Class D Sectional wrestling tournament, they secured a coveted place for the team by helping it win fourth place among 12 schools, including several state-ranked teams.
With its win, the Burgher wrestling team advanced with the other top three to next weekend's Section II state qualifier meet at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
√"The team and coacher were happy - we wrestled great," Assistant Coach Scott McKenna said Monday. "We were competing against top teams, including Whitehall, which is state-ranked, and Duanesburg, which is a repeat Sectional champion."
Seven Burgher wrestlers, due to their first- through fourth-place finishes, are entered in this tournament, which includes Class C schools as well as the smaller Ds.
In the gritty effort, Logan Rock won the Class D Sectional Championship Saturday in the 215-pound class by defeating Grant Gebo 5-2.
Four Burgher wrestlers were runners-up in their weight classes: Abby Roth, Logan Winter, Cole Tennant, and Colin Campbell.
At 112 pounds, Roth was beaten only by John Diekel of Whitehall, who took the championship. Roth nearly won the crown, however. Late in the match she was ahead in points, but got tied up with Diekel, and she was thrown unexpectedly and pinned, McKenna said.
Burgher Logan Winter at 125 pounds, lost only to his final opponent from Duanesburg, who decisioned him 8-2.
Also losing only one final match was Cole Tennant at 145, who was pinned in 1:25 by David Northshield of Salem.
Colin Campbell, wrestling at 285 but weighing far less, also had a string of victories ended by one final loss. In this last match, he was pinned in 1:05 by a a tough, physical Berne-Knox opponent who had a 33-2 record.
Placing fourth for Warrensburg were Donovan Santisteban at 119 pounds and Jon Vaisey at 96. Santisteban was in a brutal weight class, running up against several state qualifiers.
All but Rock and Campbell are underclassmen, and their wins in the Sectionals might help them earn a wild-card spot next year in the state tournament, McKenna said.
The Section II C& D playoffs are Friday and Saturday at Glens Falls Civic Center. The Friday matches start at 11 a.m., and the Saturday matches begin earlier.
McKenna said he had high hopes for all seven qualifying wrestlers.
Rock, he said, is sprinting daily, building up strength and stamina. Roth, he added, is also training hard and continually gaining new strategies.
Winter, he said, should never be underestimated.
"He's as flexible as Gumby, and he pulls out anything in a match," McKenna said. Vaisey, he said, is always learning more and getting better. "And Cole is a heck of an athlete - he's in good shape and is tough to beat. If he has a rematch with that guy from Salem, he can beat him. And Colin Campbell is likely to place in the top four next week."
"All team members wrestled tough on Friday, and we're looking forward to next weekend," McKenna added.
Team rankings in Fridays Section D tournament were -in descending order - Whitehall, Duanesburg, Salem, Warrensburg, Berne-Knox, Maple Hill, Voorheesville, Rensselaer, Cambridge, Albany Academy, Berlin, and Waterford.