WARRENSBURG - Despite the Warrensburg wrestling team being edged out by their Granville opponent in a 44-42 loss Dec. 10, several of the squad members demonstrated their prowess and promise for the Burghers' long 2008-09 season.
At 96 pounds, seventh grader Aiden Szabo showed his skills in securing a quick 52-second pin in his first varsity home match.
"This was a good way to start off," Coach Mark Trapasso said, noting that Szabo placed third in his weight class in the Saranac tourney the prior weekend,
At 112 pounds, experienced and strong wrestler Jon Vaisey powered his way to a pin in 1:28 over Granville's Jesse Owens.
At 119 pounds, crowd favorite Abby Roth pinned her opponent in 1:04. Unfortunately, she was sidelined for several recent matches due to an injury sustained last week.
At 152 pounds, Cole Tennant wasted no time in pinning his Granville opponent. Tennant drove in and threw his Granville foe on his back in only 27 seconds. Tennant was the champion in his weight class at the Saranac tournament last weekend, which follows his 2008-09 tradition of racking up tournament victories.
Burghers Lucas Nelsen and Jeremy Barber won by forfeits at 160 and 171 pounds respectively, and Kendall Converse, enjoying a winning season record at 189, pinned Granville's Charles Kruger in 5 minutes by outlasting him.
Tough conditioning, Trapasso said, is key to Converse's success so far this year.