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Blatnick served youth, never forgot roots

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No matter how famous he became after winning an Olympic gold medal 28 years ago, the Section II wrestling community — and the community at large — always considered Jeff Blatnick one of their own. Blatnick, a 1975 state high school champion for Niskayuna and 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the heavyweight division in Greco-Roman wrestling, died Wednesday at Ellis Hospital of cardiopulmonary failure. He was 55. “We would always hear about NCAA champions and ...

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