Glens Falls wrestlers showed off their brand-new uniforms Saturday at the Class CC sectional meet.
The Indians are one of several wrestling teams across the state that are debuting new two-piece uniforms, in place of the traditional spandex singlet. A new state rule has allowed this change in an ages-old tradition in wrestling.
Glens Falls’ new black and red two-piece uniforms consist of a tight spandex compression T-shirt and mixed martial arts-style “fight shorts” that are light and loose-fitting. The shirt is long enough to tuck down into the shorts, which are tied tightly at the waist.
“They’re more comfortable and a lot less restrictive,” said Glens Falls freshman Noah Harris, who wrestles at 160 pounds. “Singlets are a hassle to put on and take off.”
Harris is also hoping the new uniforms attract more athletes to try wrestling. Many teens can be turned off by the idea of wearing a singlet.
“We decided as a team to go with the shorts and T-shirt to try to get more guys out for wrestling,” Harris said. “I think it’s a good thing overall for us.”
“It’s a marketing thing more than anything — if it gets more kids out for the sport, I’m all for it,” Indians head coach Dan Perry said.
Designed by Hallwear, the new uniforms arrived Jan. 29, Perry said.
“The kids loved them when they got them,” Perry said. “We still have singlets, so we have options, but I think the kids like them better. I think it’s the wave of the future. The compression tops and the fight shorts are what MMA fighters wear, and the kids watch UFC.”
— Pete Tobey
Next man up
Saratoga Catholic lost leading scorer Tyler Haraden and top defender Ryan McFadden during the same week in the middle of January.
Haraden, who was averaging 21 points per game, fractured his foot and McFadden tore his MCL.
Since losing two of its top players, Saratoga Catholic has won five game in a row, including wins against Argyle and Greenwich.
In Haraden and McFadden’s absence, coach Ken Mantia said senior Ben Scammell has had two games scoring in double figures and Sam Haraden has stepped up in place of his brother at the forward position.
“We have adjusted to playing without our best offensive, and defensive player,” Mantia said. “It is taking a total team effort but the kids enjoy the challenge and have worked hard all season long.”
Junior guard Terel Tillman is running the point and Mantia said he is playing “tremendous.”
— Ellis L. Williams
Glens Falls senior Walton Stanton is certainly the most well-traveled member of the Indians’ wrestling team.
Stanton grew up in Georgia, but he has been living with his uncle, who is in the military, for the last few years. He moved to North Carolina as a sophomore, then to Texas as a junior, and now lives in Glens Falls with his grandparents.
“It’s been a crazy ride through high school for me,” said Stanton, who placed fourth at 170 in Saturday’s Class CC meet.
The fact that Stanton only had one season of wrestling under his belt — two years ago in North Carolina — makes it more remarkable that he is a co-captain for the Indians this year.
“I knew it would be hard when I came in,” Stanton said. “I only had one year of wrestling in North Carolina — the other schools I went to didn’t offer the sport. But a week into practice, I was named co-captain with Kaleb Dingmon.”
“He’s the smartest kid on the team,” Glens Falls coach Dan Perry said. “He’s a National Honor Society kid and he’s just a great kid to have in the room.”
Stanton, whose plans include attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake and pursuing a degree in divinity, said wrestling lessons can be applied to life.
“It’s been great to work with the guys and teach them that wrestling is not just about winning on the mat,” Stanton said.
— Pete Tobey
With seven 3-pointers in Friday night’s loss to Amsterdam, the Queensbury girls basketball team set a school single-season school record for 3-pointers with 81. In the game, Abby Doin made four 3s and Hope Sullivan had the other three — both are only sophomores.
The previous school record was 75, set in the 2005-06 season.
— Pete Tobey
The Queensbury boys basketball team is on a roll, as the Spartans have won seven games in a row. Having not lost a game for nearly a month, Queensbury’s average margin of victory in its last seven wins is 14 points.
The Spartans are not just winning, they are winning by big margins.
Queensbury did have one close game during this seven-game stretch however.
On Jan. 26, the Spartans hosted Gloversville and escaped with a 49-48 game.
“With Gloversville, you have to take away comfort at the 3-point line,” Queensbury coach Doug Fraser said. “They have five players on that team that are all excellent 3-point shooters.”
In a low-scoring contest, the Spartans played what Fraser thought was one of their better defensive games of the year.
Since then, Queensbury has continued with victories over South Glens Falls and Broadalbin-Perth.
The Spartans will need all the perimeter defense it can get on Tuesday when it visits Glens Falls.
— Ellis L. Williams