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WARRENSBURG — A year ago, Jack Binder was the only Warrensburg wrestler to make it to the state wrestling tournament.

Now, all 15 Burghers on a very deep team will be making the trip to the inaugural state dual-meet championships, set for Jan. 27 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

Warrensburg ran its season record to 18-0 Tuesday night, winning the Section II state qualifier for Division II (small schools) 60-15 over Watervliet. The Burghers, ranked fourth in the state, had rolled to a 65-14 win over Cobleskill in the semifinals of the four-team tournament.

“We’ve been talking about this since we heard about it last year,” Warrensburg head coach Mark Trapasso said. “We knew we had a good squad coming back this year and we told the kids, ‘Let’s take this opportunity.’

“You hate to leave kids home that have worked so hard,” Trapasso added. “It’s a huge deal to bring our entire team to states.”

Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George co-coach Larry Rounds, while disappointed with the WarEagles’ 45-33 semifinal loss to Watervliet, is also excited about the state dual-meet tournament.

“Growing up in Section III (central New York), we always had dual-meet sectionals. That was always a team goal every year,” Rounds said.

“There’s two aspects of the sport, and all we have to showcase is the individual part of the sport (in the state meet),” Rounds added. “In dual meets, your average wrestler is important. It’s not just about the superstars and year-round wrestlers, now the seasonal wrestlers can have an impact at the state level.”

Warrensburg juniors Chris Wilson and Nolan McNeill, who both pulled out thrilling victories in the final, also love the idea of a state dual-meet tournament.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Wilson, who pulled out a last-second 7-5 win over Watervliet’s Sterling Spoon at 195. “Guys like me and Nolan, we don’t get to win sectionals and go to states, and now we do. It’s great to make it a team event. Jack (Binder) was the only guy to go last year — now we can all go.”

“It shows how much better of a dual-meet team we are,” said McNeill, who pulled out a 4-3 ultimate tiebreaker win over Watervliet’s Hunter Weaver at 182. “We have tough bodies all the way through the lineup. We’re gritty, we don’t get pinned, we win in overtime. We gas people — we don’t get gassed.”

The wins by McNeill and Wilson helped Warrensburg jump out to a 30-0 lead, along with pins by Dan Monthony (170) and Tanner McKenna (99) and two forfeits. Zach Carpenter (120), Zack Davis (138), Greg Shambo (152) and Chris Simpson (160) also pinned for the Burghers.

“We wrestled really gritty,” said Trapasso, whose team can wrap up its third straight Adirondack League title Thursday with a win over Corinth. “We still have work to do, but we’re going to states. … I know we’ll wrestle tough. We’ll probably be the smallest team there, but we’re going to there to battle.”

Pinning for the Cannoneers (16-3) were Connor Lyons (113) and Patrick Moore (126).

In the semifinals, H-L/LG (8-3) was missing two starters and gave up three forfeits in the lightweights, putting the WarEagles in a hole against Watervliet. Cody York (170) and Nick Lashway (138) pinned for H-L/LG.

“Having no athletes at 99, 106 and 113 at this level, in dual-meet championship, that’s a big deal,” Rounds said. “It would’ve come down to every match. We knew it was going to be close.”



170 — Dan Monthony (WARR) pinned Nick McNulty, 2:53.

182 — Nolan McNeill (WARR) dec. Hunter Weaver, 4-3 (3OT).

195 — Chris Wilson (WARR) dec. Sterling Spoon, 7-5.

220 — Jack Binder (WARR) by forfeit.

285 — Gary Hill (WARR) by forfeit.

99 — Tanner McKenna (WARR) pinned John Dunham, 1:06.

106 — Peyton White (VLIET) dec. Dylan Winchell, 15-10.

113 — Connor Lyons (VLIET) pinned Dustin Reiter, :53.

120 — Zach Carpenter (WARR) pinned Charles Diotte, 2:18.

126 — Patrick Moore (VLIET) pinned Zach Shambo, 4:52.

132 — Trevor Winchell (WARR) dec. Anthony Delmonico, 8-1.

138 — Zack Davis (WARR) pinned Kendryek Flynn, 2:31.

145 — Hunter McKenna (WARR) dec. Owen Lyons, 4-3.

152 — Greg Shambo (WARR) pinned Logan White, 1:21.

160 — Chris Simpson (WARR) pinned Cameron Miller, :26.

Records: Warrensburg (18-0), Watervliet (16-3).


160 — Laine Pleickhardt (COB) pinned Chris Simpson, 2:46.

170 — Dan Monthony (WAR) pinned Gabe Warner, 1:25.

182 — Nolan McNeill (WAR) dec. Hunter Edwards, 3-0.

195 — Chris Wilson (WAR) pinned Jeff Crooks, 4:17.

220 — Jack Binder (WAR) by forfeit.

285 — Gary Hill (WAR) pinned Tim Benac, 1:30.

99 — Tanner McKenna (WAR) by forfeit.

106 — Dylan Winchell (WAR) by forfeit.

113 — Gus Spohn (COB) dec. Dustin Reiter, 20-10.

120 — Zach Carpenter (WAR) tech. fall over Nate Holliday, 5:47.

126 — Zach Shambo (WAR) by forfeit.

132 — Greg Hotaling (COB) dec. Trevor Winchell, 12-4.

138 — Zack Davis (WAR) dec. Deven Lampron, 11-6 OT.

145 — Hunter McKenna (WAR) pinned Shane Oldorff, 2:40.

152 — Greg Shambo (WAR) by forfeit.

Records: Cobleskill (9-3).



160 — Angelo Migliore (WAT) dec. Colin McCabe, 17-14.

170 — Cody York (HL/LG) pinned Nick McNulty, :45.

182 — Rich Conte (HL/LG) by forfeit.

195 — Mike Sutliff (HL/LG) dec. Hunter Weaver, 5-2.

220 — Sterling Spoon (WAT) pinned Colby Hoolihan, 1:05.

285 — Will Mitcham (HL/LG) by forfeit.

99 — John Dunham (WAT) by forfeit.

106 — Peyton White (WAT) by forfeit.

113 — Charles Diotte (WAT) by forfeit.

120 — Connor Lyons (WAT) pinned Quinton Fox, :28.

126 — Patrick Moore (WAT) pinned Ashton Osborne, 1:18.

132 — Anthony Delmonico (WAT) pinned Mike Fuss, 3:31.

138 — Nick Lashway (HL/LG) pinned Kendryek Flynn, 3:29.

145 — Cameron Duers (HL/LG) dec. Owen Lyons, 8-3.

152 — Gary Spotswood (HL/LG) dec. Logan White, 8-0.

Record: Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George (8-3).

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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