Celebrating after being named the runner-up team among 13 squads entered in the Division II Class III Sectional tournament FEb. 8 are Warrensburg High School wrestlers (front, left to right): Dan Monthony, Mark Monthony, Aiden Lapoint, Denver Berry, scorekeeper Sarah Leguire, (rear): Ryan McNeil, Austin West, Lane Oehler, Danny Ackley, Blake Vaisey, Nick Nedelcu (he is standing in front of Blake and Will), William Yarmowich, Greg Shambo, Jarod West, and Damian Prosser. Photo by Heidi Knickerbocker
The Warrensburg Wrestling team secured second place in the Division II Class 3 regional tournament Saturday as a talented Salem team won its first Section II championship since 2004.
Salem sealed the victory in the last six matches among hundreds in the day, going 5 for 6 against the Warrensburg wrestlers. The Generals finished with 212 team points, defeating Warrensburg with 186 points and Galway following with 180.
The Salem team had been runners-up for the last three seasons in the Sectional tournament.
Burgher coach Mark Trapasso said he was pleased with the results, coming in second among no less than 13 teams entered in the regional tourney.
“We had a tough time in the finals, but we were right up there with Salem until the end,” he said. “We had a very good day overall.”
Top performer for the Burghers was Dan Ackley who won a championship title at 195 pounds. Securing second place were a lineup of talented Warrensburg wrestlers: Nick Nedelcu at 126 pounds, Denver Berry at 132, Will Yarmowich at 152 pounds, and Blake Vaisey at 285. They all had won two or three preliminary matches during the day. Lane Oehler placed third in the 138 weight class.
Placing fourth in the tournament for the Burghers were Greg Shambo at 145 pounds and Damian Prosser at 220 pounds. All eight are now eligible to compete in the state qualifier meet, to be held Saturday Feb. 15 and Sunday Feb. 16 in the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Trapasso said he was very happy that his wrestlers fought hard against tough competition and attained eligibility to move on towards a state title.
“We scored in every weight class except one,” he said. “We had more team scores than anyone else, but not enough champions to beat Salem for the title. The tough competition says quite a bit about the caliber of our league.”
Trapasso said he believes a good number of his wrestlers will perform well this weekend — that most of them are peaking at the end of the season.
“We’ve got a lot of kids ‘in the hunt’ this year,” he said noting that the eight wrestlers seeing action this weekend were now delving into a week of hard practice.
The Division II Class III tournament was held at Warrensburg High School, and like in prior years, it earned kudos from officials and spectators, Trapasso said.
“People raved about the tournament,” he said. “We had so much quality help — volunteers were working all day long in the kitchen, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 at night. Others were helping out all day, drafting championship charts.”
He said the several dozen volunteers represented the community well through their cheerful, welcoming outreach to others.
“We had tremendous community support,” he said. “I am proud of how everyone came together.”