WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburg varsity wrestling team faced off against 13 other wrestling teams Saturday in the annual Granville tournament, and they pleased their fans by taking second place overall despite a wealth of talent enrolled in the mass meet.
Four in the squad were named champions in their weight class and four others placed in the tourney.
Named champion at 96 pounds was seventh-grade sensation Aiden Szabo who now has a formidable 9-2 lifetime Varsity record.
Freshman Beecher Baker, son of the former Mr. Plattsburgh contestant, lived up to his family name and took home a trophy as champion at 103 pounds. Beecher has now won nine matches in a row after losing the first four of the season.
Also awarded First Place were Donovan Santisteban at 119 and Kendall Converse at 189. While Santisteban is now resuming his winning ways of earlier seasons, Converse has emerged just this year as a tough contender after beefing up in the weight room and sharpening his knowledge of moves.
The talented Cole Tennant took second in the tourney at 152; followed by two third-place winners, Logan Winter at 130 pounds and Jeremy Barber at 171. Tony Auricchio, a newcomer who is now showing his developing talent, came in fourth overall at 285 pounds.
Coming up this week is a highlight in the local wrestling calendar: Senior Day - the last home match of the year. The matchup, against Hoosick Falls, is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 31.
Burghers defeat Schuylerville
With a strong showing from heavyweights, the Warrensburg Varsity wrestling team beat Schuylerville 37-27 in a non-league matchup Dec. 15.
Jeremy Barber, Kendall Converse and Chris Turner all pinned their Schuylerville opponents in the effort. Converse and Barber showed fans some aggressive action as they took down their opponents in only a half-minute.
Schuylerville Senior Sarah Anderson, who has received national acclaim for her talent, would have wrestled Warrensburg standout Abby Roth at 112 pounds, but she was sidelined recently due to a shoulder injury. Jon Vaisey, who moved up from 103 pounds for the match, filled in for Roth, but lost. As of Monday, Roth was expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday's match and the New Year's Eve meet against Hoosick Falls.
Coach Mark Trapasso said Monday that the performance of his heavyweights against Schuylerville, which secured the win for the Burghers, was up to his expectations.
"They're just doing their job and getting better all the time," he said.
103 - Beecher Baker (W) won by forfeit.
112 - S. Anderson (S) pinned Jon Vaisey, :55.
119 - Donovan Santisteban (W) decisioned J. Anderson, 15-2.
125 - Marcellus (S) pinned Masyn Morey, 4:52.
130 - Woodard (S) pinned Jesse Hayes, 4:46.
135 - Clements (S) pinned Jericho Converse, 1:03.
140 - Double forfeit.
145 - Zach Baer (W) won by forfeit.
152 - Double forfeit.
160 - Lucas Nelson (W) decisioned O'Connor, 10-4.
171 - Jeremy Barber (W) pinned Hagadorn, :37.
189 - Kendall Converse (W) pinned Procter, :36.
215 - Chris Turner (W) pinned Stortz, 1:15.