QUEENSBURY - The Hadley-Luzerne War-Eagles edged out Salem to secure fourth place in the 44th annual Queensbury Holiday Festival wrestling tournament held Dec. 30. Queensbury won the Festival, beating out top contender Hudson Falls. Warrensburg finished in eighth place.
War-Eagle senior Hunter Hamilton won a hard-fought 7-4 decision over John Linendoll at 140 pounds. It was Hamilton's first-ever finals competition in a tournament.
War-Eagles coach Jack LaBombard said Hamilton was wrestling his best-ever, after remarkable progress this year.
Two other War-Eagles were runners-up in the tournament.
Matt Lashway of Queensbury pinned War-Eagle Kyle Bachem in 1:12 at 171 pounds during the finals competition; and Luke Albrecht of Hudson Falls won a 6-1 decision over War-Eagle Jack Clark.
Warrensburg coach Mark Trapasso said he was surprised several members of his team weren't represented in the finals, but the squad had encountered a mid-season slump. Trapasso added, however, that the wrestling season is lengthy and his athletes continue to work hard and hone their skills.