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Two Amsterdam wrestling stars made it to Division I teams
Friday, May 14, 2010

Samuel Spagnola is a sophomore at Amsterdam High School

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It isn’t often that two members of the same high school wrestling team end up wrestling at Division I colleges but that’s exactly what Brian Benton and John Paris both did. Benton and Paris both were highly successful wrestlers for Ken Benton and the Rams. Benton is now at George Mason University while Paris is at Binghamton University.

Coincidentally, these schools met in a recent match on Nov. 15 in Binghamton.

The two former teammates both wrestled in the Binghamton Open hosted by SUNY Binghamton. Both Paris and Benton went 0 and 2 for the day. John Paris is now wrestling at 165 and lost his first match 3-1 against a 165-pound wrestler from the University of Pennsylvania. His second match was also ended by decision losing 6-5 against a wrestler from Bucknell.

Benton lost his two matches for the day as well. Now wrestling at 133 pounds, his first match was against a wrestler from Lock Haven. His second match was against an opponent from Binghamton; both matches were lost by a 5 to 2 decision.

While at Amsterdam High School, John Paris was a three-time Section II Class B champion, and Super Sectional champion. He won the Eastern State Championship, ranked sixth in New York state, earned All-America honors as a sophomore and was a recipient of a NYS Scholar-Athlete Award.

Brian Benton finished his wrestling career at Amsterdam High School with a 253-20 record. He won five Section II Class B championships, was a three-time Section 2 champion, and also a three-time New York state championships place winner. He placed fifth as a sophomore at 112 pounds, third as a junior at 119 pounds and was a NYSPHSAA champion during his senior year at 130 pounds. Benton was also a runner-up at the New York State Federation Championships during his senior year.



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