WARRENSBURG - Six teams of wrestlers and hundreds of fans - many of whom drove three hours or more to attend - packed the Warrensburg High School's gymnasium Saturday as the Burghers hosted their annual Duals Meet.
Each team wrestled in five separate meets, and this daylong action put wrestlers' endurance to the test. Warrensburg won two of the matchups and lost three, but earned glory by capturing one of the two individual honors bestowed.
Warrensburg Junior Logan Winter, wrestling at 125 pounds, won the "Most Outstanding Wrestler" award among lightweights.
Winning the crown in the heavyweight category was Alex Meyers of Morrisville-Eaton, who beat the previously undefeated Burgher standout Logan Rock at 175 pounds. Rock beat his other four opponents handily.
Cruising through the 2008-09 season with a 14-2 record, Winter has been wrestling since he was in fourth grade, minus a year's absence last season.
Winter has a reputation for using his flexibility and leverage to his advantage, writhing and squirming his way out of tough holds and accomplishing dramatic reversals.
Coach Mark Trapasso said Monday winter had considerable talent and athleticism.
"He's got a funky style of wrestling and he gets out of very tough situations to score points," he said. "Winter's been a real positive part of our team and he's a good student."
Logan Winter, the son of Tracey and Dana Winter of Warrensburg, enjoys the field of science.
In Saturday's Duals Meet, the Burgher team defeated Massena 49-23, and beat Mohanasen 35-29,but lost 15-58 to Hudson Falls which was champion of the event. The Burghers also lost to Morrisville-Eaton 12-66, and to Beekmantown, 27-54. Morrisville-Eaton was runner-up in the multiple meet, with a 4-1 tally.
In addition to Rock and Winter, offering solid performances for the day were Burghers Donovan Santisteban, Kendall Converse and Colin Campbell - all 3-2 for the day.
Trapasso said the large-scale wrestling meet ran well, despite its size.
"It ran smoothly, and the coaches raved about it," he said, praising the volunteer help the school received to make it happen for the fourth consecutive year.
"Parents of wrestlers, alumni wrestlers, and members of the Warrensburg Wrestling Club really helped make it run so well," he said. "It was awesome."
Coming up for the Burghers is a meet at home 6 p.m. Thursday against Whitehall, featuring some second-generation wrestlers, Trapasso said. Saturday, Warrensburg hosts Modified Fun Day with over 100 wrestlers participating from almost a dozen other schools. The event takes place in the high school gym. Next Thursday, the Burghers face Salem at home.