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Warrensburg earns Adirondack League win over Whitehall-Fort Ann

Warrensburg earns Adirondack League win over Whitehall-Fort Ann

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Adirondack League wrestling match

Whitehall-Fort Ann’s Brendan Covey and Warrensburg’s Tristen Hitchcock battle at 220. Covey won by fall at 5:11.

WHITEHALL — Jacob Clear was 20 seconds from overtime Wednesday night, but his season goal remained clear in his head.

“When I got my one loss in the beginning of the season, I made the goal that I wasn’t going to lose any more matches,” the Warrensburg senior said. “That goal rang through my head tonight when I was wrestling. I just had to use the grit and conditioning that I have to win the match.”

Clear got the takedown he needed for a 5-3 victory over Whitehall-Fort Ann’s Spencer Dickinson at 285 pounds, and sparked a rally for the Burghers.

“I give props to him — I pinned him four times last year,” said Clear, who improved to 22-1 this season. “I’m glad he’s committed to taking me down. I definitely appreciate him putting in the extra mile to try to beat me. It’s going to make things more interesting.”

Warrensburg, which trailed 18-0 after three matches, battled back for a hard-fought 49-31 Adirondack League victory over W-FA, winning the final three bouts to seal the dual meet.

“It was very tight, that’s a deceiving score,” said Burghers coach Mark Trapasso, whose team improved to 3-0 in the league, 18-1 overall. “They took it to us at some weights that we weren’t expecting. They wrestled very tough and physical — that’s usually our thing. I feel we got a little lucky.”

W-FA (2-1, 11-7) had opened with pins by Jake Gosselin (182 pounds), Tyler Fish (195) and Brendan Covey (220), the latter 5:11 into a physical match with Warrensburg freshman Tristen Hitchcock.

“He’s a tough kid, he’s stronger than he looks,” said Covey, a senior who improved to 14-2. “It was just a dogfight. I was going for anything. I didn’t have much of a plan, it was just kind of in the moment.”

Clear’s decision was followed by pins by Burghers teammates Zach Olden (99) and Cameron Carpenter (106), and a forfeit to Landian Templeton at 113 for a 21-18 Warrensburg lead.

Ollie West’s 9-5 win at 120 pulled the Railroaders into a tie, but they ran into the strength of Warrensburg’s lineup. Dylan Winchell (126) and Tanner McKenna (132) pinned to put the Burghers up 33-21.

However, W-FA’s Sawyer Ostrander held on for a wild 19-11 win over Zach Carpenter at 138, and David Austin followed with a pin at 145 to pull the Railroaders within 33-31.

Warrensburg finished with three straight wins — pins by Hunter McKenna (152) and Joe Murdick (170), and a victory-sealing 11-3 win by Tom Combs at 160.

“Tommy Combs came through with a big win in a match between two even guys,” Trapasso said. “They matched us in toughness and conditioning.”

“There were a lot of ‘what-if’ matches that didn’t go our way, but I was very pleased with how tough we wrestled,” W-FA coach Bob Diekel said. “We’re getting better every day, and the only way to get better is to wrestle guys who are better than us.”

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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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