QUEENSBURY — Seth Guay had a moment at the bucket Thursday night, but the Queensbury sophomore held on for an important victory in the Queensbury Holiday Wrestling Tournament.
Guay’s win — which included a timeout for him to throw up in a trash barrel in the final seconds of the 220-pound final — coupled with teammate Nico Mattia’s pin at 195 pulled Queensbury into a third-place tie with Gouverneur.
While Queensbury managed a top-three finish behind team champ Shenendehowa, several other local standouts earned first-place finishes, like Schuylerville’s Orion Anderson and South Glens Falls’ Brock Delsignore.
Guay held on for a 2-1 win over Glens Falls’ Kaleb Dingmon, avenging a loss to Dingmon two weeks ago. Their 220 bout was the deciding match in the class, one of three contested as a round robin.
“The last time I wrestled him, I was up and I got hit with stalling, and I ended up losing in overtime,” Guay said. “I was facing the same scenario tonight, but I wasn’t going to let him win this one.”
“Our young kids really stepped up today,” said Queensbury head coach Bob Winchip, whose team finished with 119 points. “Our goal was to place in the top three. We knew we would struggle with a young team, but we did very well today.”
Shenendehowa won the team title with 180 points, followed by Cobleskill with 147. Salem-Cambridge took fifth, followed by Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, South High and Schuylerville.
“Last year, at every tournament it seemed like we had seven or eight guys in the finals,” said Mattia (15-2), one of only two seniors for the Spartans this season. “This year, it’s different having a lot of young guys, me and Dom (Nassivera) have to keep them in line. But these young kids are going to be really good in a couple of years.”
Delsignore and Anderson remained unbeaten on the season, winning titles at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively.
“My first time getting back to work (after an illness), I’m ready to grind it out,” said Delsignore, a freshman who won by technical fall over Shen’s Mike DiMonda to run his record to 15-0. “I like to be the guy that puts points on the board.”
Anderson, meanwhile, improved to 12-0 by pinning Cobleskill’s Greg Hotaling in 47 seconds in his first tournament since dropping down from 132. The senior is pursuing a third straight state title this season.
“It’s not a stretch for him — he’s cutting less (weight) now than when he was smaller,” said Buck Anderson, Schuylerville’s coach and Orion’s father. “He always looks like the smallest kid on the mat, but he’s so compact.”
Schuylerville also got a title from undefeated Xavier Jones (17-0), who won an entertaining 7-5 decision over Salem-Cambridge’s Tyler Linendoll at 138.
“It’s my senior year, so I’m pretty much going all-out in every match,” Jones said. “I didn’t get a lot of inside control, but I kept practicing my circling, not just shooting on one leg.”
“The kid’s got iron lungs — he just wears people out,” Buck Anderson said. “He’s going just as hard at five minutes as he is the first minute.”
H-L/LG crowned three champions, including junior Logan Duers, who pinned his own brother, sophomore teammate Cameron, in the 145 final.
“I felt bad, but I had to do what I had to do,” said Logan Duers, whose family spent the last three years in Houston, Texas, before returning to Lake George this year. He was a two-time qualifier for states in Texas.
“I tried not to beat him too bad in front of family,” he added with a smile, “but he came out and head-butted me, so I pinned him.”
Other local wrestlers winning were H-L/LG’s Rich Conte (170) and Will Mitcham (285), and Salem-Cambridge’s Zac Cummings (113).
Also placing second were Hudson Falls’ Chris Petteys (99), Queensbury’s Ryan Sleezer (106) and Dylan Sleezer (113), H-L/LG’s Justin Hoffman (152) and Cody York (160), and Schuylerville’s Thomas Donovan (285).
Queensbury Holiday Tournament
1. Shenendehowa 180, 2. Cobleskill 147, 3. tie, Queensbury, Gouverneur 119, 5. Salem-Cambridge 114, 6. Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George 112, 7. South Glens Falls 95 1/2, 8. Schuylerville 93 1/2, 9. AuSable Valley 66, 10. Hudson Falls 47, 11. Glens Falls 7.
99* — Stevo Poulin (Shen) pinned Chris Petteys (HF), :46.
106* — Carter Baer (Gouv) dec. Ryan Sleezer (Q), 13-1.
113 — Zac Cummings (S-C) dec. Dylan Sleezer (Q), 6-2.
120 — Brock Delsignore (SGF) tech fall over Mike DiMonda (Shen), 4:30.
126 — Orion Anderson (Sch) pinned Greg Hotaling (Cob), :47.
132 — Dan Hotaling (Cob) dec. Joseph Cummings (Gouv), 7-4.
138 — Xavier Jones (Sch) dec. Tyler Linendoll (S-C), 7-5.
145 — Logan Duers (HL/LG) pinned Cameron Duers (HL/LG), 2:28.
152 — Kiernan Shanahan (Shen) pinned Justin Hoffman (HL/LG), :18.
160 — Ethan Cooper (Cob) dec. Cody York (HL/LG), 4-1.
170 — Rich Conte (HL/LG) dec. Louie Donatelli (Shen), 6-1.
182 — Chance Lapier (AV) dec. Parker Brooks (Shen), 10-6.
195 — Nico Mattia (Q) pinned Jeff Crooks (Cob), 1:25.
220* — Seth Guay (Q) dec. Kaleb Dingmon (GF), 2-1.
285 — Will Mitcham (HL/LG) dec. Thomas Donovan (Sch), 8-1.
* Deciding match of round robin
99* — Charlie Dill (S-C), third place.
106* — Brice Anderson (Shen), third place.
113 — Gus Spohn (Cob) pinned Noah Hogan (SGF), 1:16.
120 — Trevor Robbins (Q) pinned Antonio Lomascolo (Shen), 2:26.
126 — Joe McIntosh (Gouv) by injury forfeit over Logan Barody (SGF).
132 — Seamus Leavey (Shen) dec. Vincent Santilli (SGF), 8-5.
138 — Cody Deuel (Shen) dec. Ethan Weller (SGF), 3-1.
145 — Will Fraser (Q) dec. Shane Oldorff (Cob), 9-5.
152 — Laine Pleickhardt (Cob) over Tyler Tupper (Gouv), 5-bout rule.
160 — David McFarland (S-C) dec. Jake McGrail (Shen), 5-3.
170 — Jake Shippee (Gouv) dec. Dametrick LaRock (HF), 3-1.
182 — Dom Nassivera (Q) dec. Mike Sutliff (HL/LG), 6-3.
195 — Tanner Donaldson (Gouv) pinned Ryan Dinh (HF), 4:45.
220* — Andrew Dumas (Sch) third place.
285 — Dylan Goodrow (AV) pinned Tyler Lathrop (S-C), 1:14.
* Class contested as a round robin