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State Wrestling: Champ Fusco leads Shen to team crown

Sunday, February 26, 2012
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— If Tony Fusco never wrestles another match, he’s OK with that.

Fusco, a standout running back on Shenendehowa’s state semifinal football team, capped a tremen­dous senior season by beating Reggie Williams of Johnson City, 11-3, Saturday night to win the

Division I 195-pound state wrestling championship.

“I knew this was going to be my last match, and I wanted to win it,” said Fusco, who ended up 36-0 this season and 181-32 for a career that began at Queensbury. “I’m not

going to wrestle in college, so I knew this was it.”

Fusco had beaten Williams twice previously this season, and used that experience to compensate for a bad right knee that had bothered him most of the season.

“It was bothering me,” said Fusco of the injury. “I know he likes to throw, so I knew I had to stay away from that.”

Fusco’s win, along with third-place finishes from three teammates, helped the Plainsmen win the individual team title for the third straight year.

Columbia senior El Shaddai Gilmore-VanHoesen was Section II’s only other DI finalist.

Whitehall senior Zach Diekel was the only other Section II wrestler to win a title, wrapping up his 195 DII title moments before Fusco as they competed on adjacent mats.

Duanesburg’s Curt Rowley (132), Hudson Falls senior Aaron Dudley (160) and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Alex Soutiere (285) also got to the DII finals.

“I’ve got another year, but I really would have liked to win this year,” said Gilmoe-VanHoesen, who has dealt with an ankle injury for the past month. “Things just didn’t go my way.”

Rowley was trying to become Joe Bena’s sixth DII state champion. But the seventh-seeded senior fell behind Section IV champ Connor Lapresi of Lansing, 5-0, in the second period before losing, 6-3.

Rowley, who knocked out the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals, finished with 193 career wins.

“I had a great weekend, right up until the final,” said Rowley. “What hurt me was giving up that first takedown. That’s hard to recover from.”

Senior Aaron Dudley missed giving Hudson Falls its second champion in as many years, falling to three-time champ and DII tourney MOW Chris Nevinger of Section V Letchworth, 8-3. Dudley closed his career with 243 wins.

Diekel cleared a big hurdle en route to his fourth top-six finish with a semifinal win over Section III’s Austyn Hayes, avenging a loss in the semifinals of the Eastern States Classic. The Lehigh-bound senior went 39-4 this season (234 career wins) and joined his father Paul, who won in 1981, as a state champion.

Soutiere capped a strong postseason run by getting to the DII 285 finals.

“His last six matches [prior to the final], he really wrestled great,” said Indians coach Henry Mormile.

Three of Fusco’s teammates did a great job of refocusing, as 11th-graders Nick Kelley (132) and

David Almaviva (138) and senior Cole Lampman (285) all placed third. Kelley and Lampman recovered after tough semifinal losses. Almaviva won five straight bouts after a first-round loss on Friday.

“I’m not happy, because I came here to win a state title,” said Kelley, who dropped an 8-7 semifinal to eventual champion Jamel Hudson of St. Anthony’s. “You can’t hang your head.”

Kelley finished the season 45-1, and will take 205 career wins into his sixth and final varsity season after five trips to the states.

“I had done that before, not wrestled well after losing a match and knowing I couldn’t be a state champion. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned coming to the state tournament.”

Almaviva took the same approach after a first-round loss.

“You just have to prepare for the next match,” said Almaviva, who didn’t place last season. “You can’t think about what happened in the last match. It’s just staying mentally focused.”

Lampman fell to Suburban Council rival Gilmore-VanHoesen, 4-2, in the semis, reversing the outcome of a meeting during the regular season. The Princeton-bound 12th-grader made sure he would get his hand raised in victory in his last varsity match, a 3-1 win over top-seeded Ethan Stanley of Saugerties.

“I took fifth here last year, so anything better is amazing,” said Lampman, whose final varsity win went a long way toward helping Shenendehowa clinch a third consecutive team title here. “It was my goal to make it to the finals, but this is the next best thing, right?”

Amsterdam sophomore Brandon Lapi took fourth at 113 pounds, the second straight year he reached the podium. He reached the semifinals both times, finishing third in 2011.

Columbia senior Evan Wallace placed third at 145, ending the season 51-1 and closing his six-year varsity career with 214 wins.

Returning state champion Connor Sutton of LaSalle was sixth at 160. He and South Glens Falls senior Stephen Lumley (170) both forfeited their fifth-place matches.

The other top DII finishes went to Salem junior Tyler Morris (fourth, 182) and the Hoosick Falls duo of Luis Weierbach (fifth, 99) and Brad Burns (sixth, 170).

DIVISION I

Team scoring: Section XI 250, Section VIII 170.5, Section V 166, Section I 156., Section II 143.5, Section VI 138.5, Section IV 89.5, CHSAA 81.5, Section III 85.5, Section IX 82.5, PSAL 51, Section X 10.

Championship finals

99 — Kyle Kelly (Chenango Forks-IV) dec. Jose Rodriguez (Wantagh-VIII), 6-3; 106 — Nick Piccinnini (Ward Melville-XI) dec. Justin Cooksey (MacArthur-VIII), 4-2; 113 — Dylan Realbuto (Somers-I) dec. Vincent DePrez (Hilton-V), 8-7; 120 — Sean McCabe (Connetqout-XI) dec. Brady Baron (Pittsford-V), 3-2.; 126 — Maverick Passero (Eastport-South Manor-VIII) dec. Sam Speno (Fox Lane-I), 2-1; 132 — Jamel Hudson (St. Anth­ony’s-C) dec. Dylan Cohen (Williamsville East-VI) , 8-1; 138 — James Dekrone (John Glenn-XI) dec. Alexis Blanco (Brentwood-XI), 6-1; 145 — James Kloc Iroquois-V) dec. Corey Rasheed (Longwood-XI), 7-4.

152 — Brian Realbuto (Somers-I) dec. Nicky Hall (Longwood-XI), 16-6; 160 — Dylan Palacio (Long Beach-VIII) dec. Tyler Grimaldi (Half Hollow HillsWest-XI), 11-4; 170 — Dan Spurgeon (Plainedge-VIII) dec. Shayne Brady (Carthage-XI), 6-3; 182 — Nick Bellanza (John Glenn-X) dec. Jacob Berkowitz (Scarsdale-I), 9-6; 195 — Tony Fusco (Shenendehowa-II) dec. Reggie Williams (Johnson City-IV), 11-3; 220 — Josh Lackey (Fairport-V) dec. Max Antone (Niagara Wheatfield-VI), 10-8; 285 — Evan Kapptos (Syosset-VIII) dec. El Shaddai Gilmore-VanHoesen (Columbia-II).3-2.

Third-place matches

99 — Alex Tanzman (Westhampton Beach-VIII) dec. Joe Calderone (Walt Whitman-XI), 8-1; 106 — Krishna Sewkumar (Long Beach-VIII) dec. Jimmy Overhiser (Corning-IV), 3-0; 113 — Pat Skinner (Kellenberg-C) dec. Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam-II). 4-2; 120 — Matt Leshinger (Sayville-XI) dec. T.J. Fabian (Shoreham Wading River-XI), 2-1 (2ot); 126 — Alec Dierna (Webster Schroeder-V) dec. Giovanni Sanchez (Central Islip), 1-0; 132 — Nick Kelley (Shenendehowa-II) pinned Nick Mauriello (Hauppauge-XI), 2:41; 138 — Dave Alamvia (Shenendehowa-II) forfeit over Malik Rasheed (Longwood-XI); 145 — Evan Wallace (Columbia-II) dec.Mike Caputo (North Rockland-I), 4-3; 152 — Steve Maier (Spencerport-V) dec. Ryan Bedross (Warwick Valley-IX); 160 — Frank Affronti (Wayne-V) dec. Johnny Vrasidas (St. Anth­ony’s-C), 5-0; 170 — Dylan Seybolt (Longwood-XI) dec. Rrok Ndokiaj (Msgr. Farrell-C), 6-4; 182 — McZiggy Richards (Wingate-P) dec. Andrew Jones (Plainedge-VIII), 7-2; 195 — Jake Kelly (Niagara Wheatfield-VI) dec. Jesse Kozub (Brockport-V), 3-2; 220 — Derrek Dalton (Indian River-III) dec. Patryk Kopcynski (Brooklyn Tech-P), 6-4; 285 — Cole Lampman (Shenendehowa-II) dec. Ethan Stanley (Saugerties-IX), 3-1.

Fifth-place matches

99 — Brian Lantry (Wayne-V) pinned Nick Barbaria (New Rochelle-I), 4:24; 106 — Anth­ony Orefice (Lockport-VI) dec. John Stram­iello (Pine Bush-IX), 12-0; 113 — Robert Person (Bellmore JFK-VIII) dec. T.J. Krieder (Cornwall-IX), 7-3; 120 — Justin Corrandino (Warwick Valley-IX) forfeit over Steve Michel (Lancaster-VI); 126 — Dylan Caruana (Kenmore West-VI) dec. Mike Lofrese (Garden City-VIII), 2-0; 132 — Dan Ventura (Fox Lane-I) dec. Nick Cegleski (Penfield-V), 3-1; 138 — Dan McDevitt (Wantagh-VIII) dec. Adam Wallace (Fulton-III), 9-4; 145 — Dale White (John Jay East Fishkill-I) dec. Anthony Pistone (Sachem East-XI), 8-7; 152 — John Keck (Shoreham Wading River-XI) dec. Cristian Masaya (Brooklyn Tech-P). 3-1;

160 — Matt Pasqualini (Fox Lane-I) forfeit over Connor Sutton (LaSalle-II); 170 — Jessi Kimmerli (Spencerport-V) by forfeit over Stephen Lumley (South Glens Falls-II); 182 — James Benjamin (Vestal-IV) pinned Gio Santiago (Sachem North-XI), 2:29; 195 — Rob Zorn (Sewanhaka East-VIII) pinned Zac Connor (Islip-XI), 4-3; 220 — Nick Lupi (Hunt­ington-XI) dec. Dom Devita (Somers-I), 3-2 (3ot)); 285 — Dante Salkey (Uniondale-VIII) dec. Mike Hughes (Smithtown West-XI), 3-2 (3ot).

Semifinals

99 — Kelly pinned Babaria, 4:58; Rod­riguez dec. Tanzman, 6-1; 106 — Piccinnni dec. Orefice, 11-5; Cooksey pinned Sewk­umar, 5:42; 113 — DePrez dec. Perrson, 7-4; Realbuto dec. Lapi, 4-3; 120 — Baron pinned Corrandino, 1:10; McCabe dec. Michel, 9-0; 126 — Speno dec. Dierna, 8-0; Passero dec. Lofrese, 9-2; 132 — Cohen dec. Cegelski, 4-2; Hudson dec. Kelley, 8-7; 138 — Dekrone dec. McDevitt, 3-2; Blanco dec. Rasheed, 3-2; 145 — Kloc dec. Wallace, 3-2; Rasheed dec.

Caputo, 5-3; 152 — Realbuto pinned Maier, 2:29; Hall dec. Keck, 3-2; 160 — Palacio dec. Affronti, 3-2; Grimaldi dec. Muller, 4-2; 170 — Spurgeon dec Lumley, 7-4; Brady dec. Seybolt, 5-3 (ot); 182 — Berkowitz dec. Richards, 3-1; Bellanza dec. Jones, 3-2; 195 — Fusco technical fall over Conner, 18-3; Williams dec. Kozub, 7-4; 220 — Lackey dec. Kopcynski, 3-2; Antone pinned Dalton, 2:28; 285 — Kappatos dec. Stanley, 2-1; Gilmore-VanHoesen dec. Lampman, 4-2,

DIVISION II

Team scoring: Section V 255, Section III 236, Section IV 213.5, Section VI 198, Section II 140, Section VII 71.5, Section XI 47.5, Section X 45, PSAL 42.5, Section I 42, Section VIII 33, Section IX 32.5.

Championship finals

99 — Tony Recco (Lydonville-V) dec. Sean Casella (Locust Valleu-VIII), 1-0; 106 — Lucas Malmberg (Marathon-IV) dec. Cheick Ndiaye (Brooklyn International-P), 11-0; 113 — Sean Peacock (Midlakes-V) dec. John Aslanian (Edgemont-I), 5-0; 120 — Sam Recco (Lyndonville-V) dec. Jeff O’Lena (East Rochester-V), 2-0; 126 — Nick Tighe (Phoenix-III) dec. Renaldo Rodriguez (Cheektowaga-VI), 13-8; 132 — Connor Lapresi (Lansing-IV) dec. Curt Rowley (Duanesburg-II), 6-3; 138 — Quinton Murphy (Holley-V) dec. Anthony Finnocchiaro (Canastota-III), 7-3; 145 — Tyler Button (Phoenix-III) dec. Drew Hull (Royalton-Hartland-V), 6-4.

152 — Ben Haas (Salamanca-V) dec. Derek Pfluger (Sandy Creek-III), 4-3; 160 — Chris Nevinger (Letchworth-V) dec. Aaron Dudley (Hudson Falls-II) 8-3; 170 — Zach Zupan (Canastota-III) dec. Nick Mitchell (Frewsburg-VI), 3-2; 182 — Tony Lock (Pioneer-VI) vs. Keegan Cerwinski (Greene-IV), 4-0; 195 — Zach Diekel (Whitehall-II) dec. Bryce Maz­urowski (Avon-V), 9-3; 220 — Kyle Stanton (Greene-IV) pinned Zack Bacon (Hornell-V), 1:08; 285 — Hayden Head (Beekmantown-VII) pinned Alex Soutiere (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk-II), 4:47.

Third-place matches

99 — Joe Nelson (Oxford-IV) dec. Andrew Flanagan (Holley-V), 7-1; 106 — Ryan Snow (General Brown-III) dec. Drew Marra (Olean-VI) 4-1; 113 — William Koll (Lansing-IV) pinned Dillon Stowell (Gouverneur-X), :38; 120 — Pat Webster (Adirondack-III) dec. Scott Stafford (Sidney-IV), 5-2; 126 — Corey Dake (Lansing-IV) dec. Dylan Rifenburg (Palmyra-Macecon-V) 3-0; 132 — Tom Page (Eden-VI) dec. Jessy Williams (Windsor-IV), 5-0; 138 — Isaiah Riccio (Beaver River-III) dec. Dan Reagan (Lewiston-Porter-VI), 3-2; 145 — Mitch Janes (Port Byron-III) dec. Nathan Silverthorn (General Brown-III), 4-3; 152 — Tristan Hamner (Medina-VI) dec. Dan Dickman (Greene-IV), 11-1; 160 — Hayden Wagner (South Seneca-V) dec. Jared Soule (Sandy Creek-III), 4-3; 170 — Burke Paddock (Warsaw-V) dec. Troy Seymour (Peru-VII), 3-0; 182 — Tim Schaefer (Warsaw-V) technical fall over Tyler Morris (Salem-II); 195 — Austyn Hayes (Phoenix-III) dec. Tyler Smith (Midlakes-V), 10-2; 220 — Travis Harvey (Alfred-Almond-V) dec. Nick Talcott (Tioga-IV), 5-3; 285 — Kacee Sauer (Holley-V) dec. Harrison DeSousa (Bayport-Blue Point-VIII), 4-2.

Fifth-place matches

99 — Luis Weierbach (Hoosick Falls-II) dec. Alex Harringshaw (Holland Patent-III), 3-2 (2ot); 106 — Corey Hollister (Perry-V) dec. Cody Carberry (Chittenango-III), 5-1; 113 — Cody McGregor (Tonawanda-VI) forfeit over Austin Keough (Warsaw-V); 120 — Zach Ayen (Gouverneur-X) dec. Dakota Gardner (Fredonia-VI), 8-5; 126 — Abubokarr Sow (Brooeklyn International-P) dec. Tristan Rifanburg (Norwich-IV), 6-4; 132 — Wesley Blanding (Chittenango-III) dec. Jacob Goddeau (Peru-VII), 3-2; 138 — Adam Greene (Chenango Valley-IV) pinned Jude Gardner (Fredonia-VI), :57; 145 — Jake Baer (Olean-VI) dec. Jake Demmon (Clifton Fine-X), 5-1; 152 — Paul Sommer (Rondout Valley-IX) dec. Tyler Newton (Bolivar-Richburg-V), 3-2; 160 — Travis Baskerville (Center Moriches-XI) dec. Tyler Silverthorn (General Brown), 3-2; 170 — Maruc Dwaileebe (Olean-VI) dec. Brad Burns (Hoosick Falls-II), 3-2; 182 — Bill Koelmel (Immaculate Heart-III) forfeit over Andy Martinez (Liberty-IX); 195 — Ryan Todd (Lansing-IV) dec. Ben Perry (Saranac-VII), 11-4; 220 — Mike Silvis (Holley-V) dec. Travis Conklyn (Canastota-III), 3-2 (3ot); 285 — Dan Ognibene (Alexander-V) forfeit over Matt Montesanti (Medina-VI).

Semifinals

99 — Casella dec. Weierbach, 7-2; Recco dec. Harringshaw, 6-3; 106 — Malmberg dec. Marra, 4-1; Ndiaye dec. Snow, 4-2; 113 — Peacock dec. Koll, 4-2; Aslanian dec. Keough, 7-2; 120 — Recco dec. Webster, 8-5 O’Lrena dec. Stafford, 2-0; 126 — Tighe pinned Dake, 3:24; Rodriguez dec. Rifanburg, 6-4 (ot); 132 — Lapresi dec. Blanding, 3-1 (ot); Rowley dec. Williams, 2-1; 138 — Murphy dec. Reagan, 5-3; Finnocchiaro dec. Riccio, 3-0; 145 — Hull dec. Janes, 5-0; Button dec. Baer, 16-5; 152 — Haas technical fall over Newton; Pfluger pinned Hamner, 1:01; 160 — Nevinger dec. Silverthorn, 16-2; Dudley dec. Soule, 8-2; 170 — Mitchell dec. Seymour, 3-1; Zupan dec. Dwailbee, 10-5; 182 — Lock pinned Martinez, :55; Cerwinski dec. Schaefer. 1-0; 195 — Diekel dec. Hayes, 7-5; Mazurowski dec. Perry, 10-3; 220 — Stanton pinned Harvey, :25; Bacon dec. Talcott, 7-6; 285 — Soutiere dec. Sauer, 5-3; Head pinned Montesanti, 4:18.

 
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