The 2013-14 Warrensburg Varsity Wrestling team includes: (front, left to right): Danny Ackley, Trevor Baker, Denver Berry, Wil Yarmowich, Nick Nedelcu, manager Sarah Leguire, (row 2): Greg Shambo, Ryan Honey, Colby Russo, Dan Monthony, Austin West, Aidan LaPoint, Yaser Farooq, (row 3): Cody Ewald, Rogers McLaughlin, Blake Vaisey, John Simmes, Ryan McNeill, and Lane Oehler. (Not pictured): Damian Prosser, Zander Griffin and Jack Binder.
The Class D Section II tournament will be held for the third time in recent history at Warrensburg Central School, and school officials said the competition was well accommodated at Warrensburg High because of the school’s extensive staff of local dedicated volunteers and top-notch facilities.
Thirteen teams of wrestlers are competing at the day-long competition on Saturday Feb. 8. Wrestling starts at 9:30 a.m. with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. The high school is located on Schroon River Road, also known as Horicon Avenue.
The top four placers in each weight class advance to the Section II Division II state qualifier at the Glens Falls Civic Center next weekend.
Schools participating are Berne Knox, Westerlo, Cambridge, Canajoharie-Fort Plain, Duanesburg, Galway, Green Tech, Maple Hill, Rensselaer, Salem, Schoharie, Warrensburg, Waterford, and Whitehall-Fort Ann.
Area sports observers say that the competition should be intense, and Salem, Duanesburg, Galway, and Warrensburgh are likely to be battling for the team title.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class go on to the state qualifier the following weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Warrensburg Wrestling Coach Mark Trapasso said that Warrensburg High School has been chosen often in recent years to host the Class D Section II competition primarily because volunteers including parents, assistant coaches and students collaborate to make the tournament run smoothly. Plus, Trapasso added that Warrensburg offers the best gymnasium in the region for the sport.
“We have the ability to lay out three full-size wrestling mats while opening up all the bleachers,” he said. ”Our gym is better for the fans and safer for the wrestlers.”
He added that he hopes a large number of local wrestling fans extend a warm welcome to the hundreds of spectators expected from afar.
All the Section II regional wrestling meets are scheduled for Feb. 8. The Class C tournament, which features the Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne War-Eagles, is to be held at Granville. The Class A meet is at Shaker High, the Class B competition is set for Burnt Hills, and the class CC is to be held at Glens Falls High School.