Depth difference for Mohonasen wrestlers
Mohonasen piled up the points in the consolation brackets, with seven third-place finishers, and outscored Rotterdam rival Schalmont, 163.5-149.5, to win its own invitational Saturday.
“We were actually sixth at one point,” said Mighty Warriors coach Sean Daley. “We started out great, but we struck out in the semifinals, going 1-for-9.
“But seven of those kids who lost in the semis came back for third, and that’s what won the tournament. You always tell them that every match is important in a tournament, that you want to wrestle back and place as high as possible. They saw that today.”
Eric Pierone (195) pounds was Mohonasen’s lone champion. But Shiva Bhoge (99), Mahesh Bhoge (113)m Jeremy Merritt (138), Steve Shadick (145), Dom Notar (152), Tom Layton (170) and Joe Galusha (182) all wrestled back for third. Paul Sacchetti came back for fourth at 106.
Schhalmont was led by MOW Nick Gallo, the 160-pound champion. Paul Lambert (120), Tim Flower (182) and Mohonasen transfer Anthony Paturso (152) also placed first for the Sabres.
Schenectady had a champion in 170-pounder Jerrell White, with Ditaye Douglas (160) and Emanuel Zamora (285) placing third.
Mechanicville’s Adam Erno was the other MOW after decisioning Schuylerville’s Jake Anderson, 10-3, in the 132 final.
Galway had a pair of champions in Nico Riccio (106) and Jay Oakes (145). Saratoga’s Hunter Rumpf was the 126 winner, and 99-pounder Richard Schrade also took first for the Blue Streaks.
Matt Morris (113) and Sean Romanski (138), both of whom transfered in from Bethlehem, gave Albany Academy a pair of champions. Schuylerville’s Harrison Proctor was the other champ, winning at 220.
Adirondack beat Shaker to win the team title.
The Blue Bison got to the final with wins over Hoosick Falls, Bethlehem and Cohoes. Two-time Section II champ Blake Retell, whose 2011-12 season was cut short by injury, had four first-period pins, and Chris MacDonald also went 4-0 with two pins and a pair of forfeit wins. Matt Spadoni and Jacob Parker both went 3-1.
Salem also went 3-1, fueled 4-0 days from state fourth-place finisher Tyler Morris, Section II champ Carter Merecki, Luke Fronhofer and Daniel VanDyk.
The host Cannoneers went 3-1, beating Salem, Maple Hill and Bethlehem, and losing to Adirondack.
Anthony Mosca (three pins) was 4-0, as was Travis Hogan, with teammates Zeny Romano, Frank Capone, Zach Bonfante, Paul Gordon and Tyler Touzin all 3-1.
Fargo All-American Chris Tangora was 3-0 for Bethehem, as were teammates Rowan Braga and Tristan Canova.
Ballston Spa Duals
Northern Adirondack went 5-0 on the day, with Colonie second, the host Scotties third and Corinth fourh.
Northern Adirondack and Ballston Spa both went 3-0 in the pool rounds, but Colonie, second to NAC, beat both the Scotties and Corinth in the championship bracket rounds.
Ballston Spa beat Corinth, Glens Falls and Albany to finish atop its pool. NAC also beat Niskayuna and the Ballston Spa “B” team,
In the championship bracket, NAC beat Corinth, 59-21, and topped Ballston Spa, 60-21. Colonie beat Ballston Spa, 54-27, and Corinth, 60-20.
Glens Falls (3-2) was fifth after going 2-0 in the consolation brackets with wins over Niskayuna and Ballston Spa B.
The host Blackbirds went 1-4 at their own event, beating Taconic Hills, and falling to Cambridge, Catskill, Monticello and Schoharie.
Tristan Welton went 5-0, with three first-period pins, a technical fall and a forfeit.
Two-tme state place finisher Brandon Lapi opened his junior year with a tournament championship. Lapi, the top seed, beat Jon Crast of Fulton, 10-1, in the 132-pound final.
James Marquez lost to Mike Beckwith of Greene in the 160 final.
Chris Velazquez added a third-place finish at 106 for the Rams, who placed sixth in the team standings.
Ryan Wilcox’s pin at 152 was the big win as Granville edged Whitehall, 39-38, in a non-leaguer. The match was webcast to Whitehall assistant coach Paul Wager, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia at Dartmouth University.