GLENS FALLS — A few unexpected things happened for local wrestlers at Saturday’s Class CC sectional wrestling tournament.
Hudson Falls captured third place, despite bringing just 10 wrestlers to the meet; host Glens Falls qualified five wrestlers for next week’s Section II state qualifier; and Schuylerville’s Orion Anderson won in an unexpected way.
Anderson and Hudson Falls 99-pounder Chris Petteys were the only local champs out of eight finalists in Class CC. The top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the Division II tournament at Saturday’s Section II state qualifier meet at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.
Anderson, the two-time defending state champ, won by injury default after clocking heads with Cobleskill’s Dan Hotaling at the end of the first period of the 126-pound final. Hotaling was apparently briefly knocked out.
“I wish I could have wrestled the whole match, but sometimes things happen,” said Anderson, a senior who improved his season record to 33-1.
“They both shot at the same time — it happens,” said Schuylerville head coach Buck Anderson, Orion’s father, whose team placed fifth with 113 1/2 points. “He was up 11-3 in the first period, he looked fantastic.”
Hudson Falls looked strong as a team, finishing third with 135 points. Cobleskill (216) won the team title, followed by Ravena (201).
“Coming in with only 10 guys, we did pretty well,” Tigers head coach Mike Prendergast said. “We kind of expected to be in the middle of the pack, but we qualified seven for sectionals and we had a couple of guys who were right there in the finals.”
Petteys, a freshman, won by fall in 5:41 over Cohoes’ Zeke Ahmadzai as he improved to 29-2 this season with his first sectional title.
“I just had to stay heavy on him,” Petteys said. “Points really matter — get the points before you win the match.”
“He wrestled clean,” Prendergast said. “Sometimes we have to slow him down a bit, he gets so energized that he makes some mistakes. He’s been working hard for this, he’s turned into a full-time wrestler.”
Finishing second for Hudson Falls were Nick Moore (160 pounds), Dametrick LaRock (170), Dylan Steenken (182) and Tom Hill (195). LaRock’s loss was most frustrating, as he fell 2-1 in double overtime to Schalmont’s David Tomasek.
“Dametrick was the No. 1 seed — I was hoping for a little more action, so that’s a lesson learned there,” Prendergast said. “Hopefully he makes the most of this trip to the state qualifiers. They all had tough finals, but overall we had a good day. I’m proud of them.”
Schuylerville senior Xavier Jones suffered a last-second 4-3 loss to Ravena’s Juan Estrada in the 138 final. Jones held a 3-2 lead and was in control near the boundary line, but Estrada was able to score a reversal before they both tumbled out of bounds with six seconds left.
“I was doing what we call a ‘fat-man roll’ with a tight waist, that’s always difficult to defend,” Jones said. “I’ve gotten better at it, but I didn’t keep my hips up.”
“He just gets loose — he had the match won, but he gave up points,” Buck Anderson said. “He didn’t get warned for stalling, so he could’ve just stopped and rode him out.”
Schuylerville’s Thomas Donovan also fell short in the finals at 285, losing 6-3 to Ravena’s Chris Salvio.
Glens Falls had a pair of third-place finishers in Isaiah Murray (195) and Kaleb Dingmon (220), while Jacob Francato (99), Noah Harris (160) and Walton Stanton (170) were fourth.
“The kids wrestled tough — obviously we have a young team, but we have five going to the (Cool Insuring Arena),” Indians head coach Dan Perry said. “This has been one of my favorite teams — they’re great kids and they show up every day and work hard. Hopefully they use this as a springboard for next year.”
Other local third-place finishers were Hudson Falls’ Joe Pomainville (152) and Eamon Foster (160). Schuylerville’s Harrison Williams (152) and Jeremy Brownell (182) placed fourth.
Class CC Championships
1. Cobleskill 216, 2. Ravena 201, 3. Hudson Falls 135, 4. Schalmont 127, 5. Schuylerville 113 1/2, 6. Fonda-Johnstown 101, 7. Ichabod Crane 83, 8. Cohoes 71, 9. Glens Falls 69, 10. Lansingburgh 58, 11. Scotia 25.
99 — Chris Petteys (HF) pinned Zeke Ahmadzai (Coh), 5:41.
106 — Austin Delisle (Rav) dec. Justin Kearns (F-J), 5-2.
113 — Brandon Mogul (Rav) pinned Marquise Johnson (F-J), 3:23.
120 — Jacob Slovak (IC) pinned Abbil Zahid (Lan), 3:39.
126 — Orion Anderson (Schy) by injury default Dan Hotaling (Cob).
132 — Greg Hotaling (Cob) dec. Dwayne Compton (Coh), 11-6.
138 — Juan Estrada (Rav) dec. Xavier Jones (Schy), 4-3.
145 — Brenden Finch (Lan) dec. Marlon Laing (Rav), 4-1.
152 — Laine Pleickhardt (Cob) dec. David Leon (Schal), 10-2.
160 — Ethan Cooper (Cob) pinned Nick Moore (HF), 3:15.
170 — David Tomasek (Schal) dec. Dametrick LaRock (HF), 2-1 (2OT).
182 — Hunter Edwards (Cob) dec. Dylan Steenken (HF), 4-3.
195 — Jeff Crooks (Cob) dec. Tom Hill (HF), 6-4.
220 — Reggie Poulin (Coh) dec. Na’Jon Subik (F-J), 5-1.
285 — Chris Salvio (Rav) dec. Thomas Donovan (Schy), 6-3.
99 — Jair Gomez (IC) dec. Jacob Francato (GF), 12-8.
106 — Omar Gomez (IC) dec. Zenmatsu Myles (F-J), 7-0.
113 — Gus Spohn (Cob) pinned Kaden Gransbury (Rav), 2:38.
120 — Nick Noble (Schal) dec. Bobby Pelletier (Rav), 6-1.
126 — Jared Kwarta (IC) pinned Ernie Greene (Rav), 1:24.
132 — Eric Mattick (Rav) dec. Jerald Rhoades (IC), 8-4.
138 — Deven Lampron (Cob) dec. Keagan Adriance (Cob), 10-3.
145 — Zachary Maxson (F-J) dec. Shane Oldorff (Cob), 13-2.
152 — Joe Pomainville (HF) dec. Harrison Williams (Schy), 3-1.
160 — Eamon Foster (HF) dec. Noah Harris (GF), 1-0.
170 — Kyle Gray (F-J) pinned Walton Stanton (GF), 1:45.
182 — Nick Vroman (Rav) pinned Jeremy Brownell (Schy), 2:38.
195 — Isaiah Murray (GF) pinned Nate Eacho (Rav), 3:26.
220 — Kaleb Dingmon (GF) dec. Demetreus Todman (Rav), 6-0.
285 — Robert Tortorici (Schal) pinned Tim Benac (Cob), :52.