WARRENSBURG -- For decades, Warrensburg has sent off its finest wrestlers to schools an hour or so away to compete in the day-long Section II Class D annual tournament.
This year, they won't have to travel.
On Feb. 6, Warrensburg High School will be hosting the Class D tournament, which includes 12 schools from across the Capital Region.
From Duanesburg to Waterford, Berlin to Whitehall, about 170 wrestlers will be traveling to Warrensburg to prove their the best among all those fielded by small schools.
This is the second time in the past quarter-century that Warrensburg has hosted the Class D tourney. The last time was in 1995.
Scheduled to compete in the Class D tourney are Albany Academy, Berlin, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Cambridge, Duanesburg, Rensselaer, Salem, Schoharie/Middleburgh, Voorheesille, Warrensburg, Waterford and Whitehall.
"It's going to be huge," Warrensburg Wrestling Coach Mark Trapasso said. "It's absolutely a great honor for Warrensburg."
Trapasso said he expects a capacity crowd to attend the tournament, centered in the high school gymnasium.
The weigh-ins start at 7:30 a.m., and conclude at 8:30 a.m. when a breakfast, prepared by volunteers, will be available. Both the breakfast and lunch, the latter served until about 6 p.m., will be available to both wrestlers and the public. Admission to the tournament is $6, and proceeds go to the Section II agency.
Wrestling action starts at 9:30 a.m., and spectators are expected to arrive by then, or earlier. Most wrestlers will be wrestling four matches during the day if their weight classes are full. Matches will be held concurrently on three wrestling mats.
The Class D Championship finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and are likely to end at about 8:30 p.m., Trapasso said.
"The gym will be rockin' for the finals," he said.
The top four wrestlers in each of the 15 Class D weight classes will go on to the Section II Championship Finals to be held Friday and Saturday Feb. 12 and 13 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Warrensburg's Class D tourney on Feb. 6 is being organized by members of the Varsity Wrestling team as well as the Warrensburg Wrestling Club and volunteers.
"We'll be putting on a good show," Trapasso said. "We want the Class D tournament to come back here soon."
The WCS Varsity Wrestling Team will be entering a full slate of wrestlers. Standouts expected to do well include Donovan Santisteban at 119, Cole Tennant at 152, Kendall Converse at 189, Logan Winter at 135, Aiden Szabo at 96, and Beecher Baker at 103.
Trapasso said others on the team -- "dark horse" competitors -- are likely to surprise fans and make their mark in the tourney, as in years past.
Maybe they'll turn to the past for inspiration.
The last time Warrensburg hosted the Class D tournament, Warrensburg's own Troy Beadnell won his weight class and went on to become the Section II Champion and a State Finalist.