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The finals matchup between Queensbury twins Dylan and Ryan Sleezer would not have happened Saturday night if Dylan Sleezer had not pulled out an overtime win in the semifinals several hours earlier.

Dylan Sleezer and Shaker’s Michael Santore had battled to a 3-3 tie in their D-I 113-pound semifinal, but Dylan scored a takedown with seven seconds left in the first overtime for the 5-3 victory.

“It was harder than I expected — he put up a good fight,” Dylan Sleezer said. “I wasn’t going to let him win though. He tried a dump and I just rolled him over.”

Though a first for Section II, the title matchup of brothers in the same weight class is not unique this season. Brothers Rick and Anthony D’Elia of Port Jefferson wrestled Friday in the D-II 113-pound final in the Section XI championships. Rick D’Ella, a senior, prevailed 13-5.

Pete Tobey

Dye job

Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George senior Logan Duers was sporting a rather eye-catching hair color at Saturday’s Section II wrestling state qualifier meet.

It was sort of a cross between hot pink and bright red, and could be spotted across the Cool Insuring Arena as he competed in the Division II 152-pound weight class.

“Red, pink, I dunno what it is,” said Duers, who was a Section II champ at 145 last season. “It’s a tradition in Texas. A couple of us on our team did it — me, my brother (Cameron) and Colby Hoolihan.”

Duers lost by fall in 3:06 in the finals to Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence, a five-time Section II champion and the section’s all-time wins leader with 273.

“I could have gone 145 and beat the same kid I did last year, but the only way to get better is to face the best competition,” said Duers, who may get an at-large bid to states this week. “It was a good experience wrestling him. It’s not the last he’ll see of me.”

Pete Tobey

Burghers champs

The Warrensburg wrestling team captured the Division II team title for the third year in a row, totaling 139 points. Only Burnt Hills, the Division I team champ, scored more, with 141.

The Burghers had three second-place finishers, though defending champ Nolan McNeill lost by injury default at 195 pounds. Sophomore Hunter McKenna (145) and senior Chris Wilson (220) also lost in the finals. Warrensburg also had three third-place finishers in Dylan Winchell (113), Tanner McKenna (120) and Zach Carpenter (126), and fourth-place finishes from Zack Davis (138) and Jacob Clear (285).

Whitehall-Fort Ann received the team sportsmanship award in Division II.

Pete Tobey

Remember him?

Brock Delsignore is sporting new colors this season, as he now wrestles in Shenendehowa green. The former South Glens Falls standout, moved to the Clifton Park district before this school year.

On Saturday, the sophomore captured his third straight D-I title, topping Columbia’s Mike Altomer 7-4 in the 145-pound final. He has not won at the state meet yet, however.

“It’s better competition,” Delsignore said of his Shen experience. “I always want to push the pace. Every year you advance as a wrestler, that’s what it’s about. ... (Winning Section II) feels pretty good, but I’m more looking at states. It’s time to win some matches there.”

Pete Tobey

Room to improve

Even though Lake George beat Warrensburg 68-51 Saturday to win its fifth straight Adirondack League girls basketball championship, Warriors coach Rob Tefft knows where there is room for improvement.

Warrensburg closed the first half on an 8-0 run and also got the Warriors in foul trouble — though the Burghers couldn’t capitalize on the free throws.

“I’m fighting through that,” Tefft said. “You don’t want to burn a timeout. You get into sectional play, you’re gonna have those two to three minutes where you have to fight through certain parts of the game. Warrensburg got us playing their game. Then when we get back moving the basketball, we’re so much better.”

— Will Springstead

Extra special

Lake George senior Graceann Bennett said this season’s Adirondack League championship meant a little more.

“Especially since we’ve seen the progression of this team so far,” she said. “We’ve proved people wrong as we grew closer and tighter; it makes it all the more special. And it’s our five-peat, so that’s really exciting. Especially being a senior, you take every moment to appreciate it.”

— Will Springstead

Big picture

Warrensburg girls basketball coach Scott Smith was as upbeat as he could be following Saturday’s 68-51 loss to Lake George for the Adirondack League championship.

For starters, as his players repeatedly said in the locker room after the game, “we’re not done.” Also, it’s no shame losing to the Warriors, who will earn one of the top-tier seeds in Class C.

“I said to the kids, ‘We’ll walk out of this gym 18 and 2.’ That is great. It’s unfortunate we came up short in this game, but back in November, if you’d said we’d be 18-2 here, we’d take it.”

— Will Springstead

Still working

The Warrensburg field hockey team, facing a shortage of players to no longer field its own team, has been investigating having its players join other programs. Warrensburg had discussions with North Warren and Glens Falls, but neither program agreed to accept them.

Warrensburg athletic director Scott Smith said the school is exploring other options, including seeing if there is one last hope of reversing the dwindling number of players.

“If we can spark a grassroots interest, maybe we can field a team. At least that’s our hope,” Smith said.

— Will Springstead

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