Warrensburg made the semifinals before losing Saturday in the inaugural State Dual Meet Championships, held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
The Burghers, ranked No. 2 in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association small-school poll, won their three-team pool to make the Division II semis. There, they suffered their first loss of the season, 49-36 to Canisteo-Greenwood. Warrensburg is 26-1 overall.
Canisteo-Greenwood went on to lose to Mt. Sinai 33-30 in the Division II championship.
“We had a really good run,” Burghers head coach Mark Trapasso said by phone Saturday evening. “Canisteo took it to us — they were impressive.”
Warrensburg was seeded eighth in the tournament and placed in a pool that included No. 1-ranked Locust Valley, one of many strong Long Island teams, and Section VII power Peru.
But the Burghers served notice right away that they were there to win by defeating Locust Valley 45-24.
“We matched up great,” Trapasso said. “We gave up one pin and we took it to them after that. We turned a lot of heads with that win.”
“It was kind of fun to have the No. 1 team first, because we handled them,” senior co-captain Dan Monthony said. “It was a good feeling of accomplishment. We felt like we could go and take the championship.”
The Burghers then earned a 46-23 victory over Peru, a team they had defeated a month ago in a dual meet.
“We had a real physical match with Peru,” Trapasso said. “It was nice to get by them, because a lot of the matches were close.”
Canisteo-Greenwood, from Section V (Rochester area), was another matter, as the Redskins jumped out to a 27-0 lead before Zack Davis broke the string with a pin at 138 pounds. Warrensburg lost three more bouts before winning five in a row from 170 to 285, but by then it was out of reach.
“We ran into a buzzsaw,” Trapasso said.
“They had strong lightweights and they were able to get pins,” Monthony said. “We had better upper weights, but they had two more pins than we got.”
Trapasso had lots of praise for both the event and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for creating a state-level team wrestling event.
“It was outstanding — a great spot, well-run, and it’s a tremendous experience for any kids to make it to a state tournament,” he said. “We took every kid we could bring — our JV kids, our extras. If they couldn’t wrestle, they were in the stands and maybe they’ll set a goal of coming back here.
“I love the idea of the team concept,” Trapasso added. “I know (NYSPHSAA) has been working on it for years, and now I think they’ll never look back and it will become bigger. This will be another goal for teams — trying to win the section as a team to get here.”
Warrensburg has one more dual meet remaining, on Wednesday at Queensbury, then it goes for its third straight Class D sectional title on Saturday at Cambridge.