April 9, 2003
    At the 14th annual National High School Wrestling Championships held at the Cleveland Convention Center's Public Hall, New York State finished ninth (113 points) out of the 47-team field. Defending team champion Ohio won with a record 298 points, five national champions and another record 22 All-Americans. The Empire State garnered five All-American berths, Matt DeLorenzo (8th at 112) from MacArthur, Andrew Krieger (8th at 130) from Webster-Schroeder, three-time state champion Ryan Needle (5th at 140) from Newfane, tough Josh Glenn (4th at 152) from Johnson City and MacArthur's Gian Villante (5th at 215).
     In the 2nd annual NWCA/DWA Brute Scholastic Duals, the New York Gold contingent finished with an impressive 5-1 dual mark and claimed third place with a solid 41-21 victory over Illinois, in the 24-team field. The NYS grapplers dropped a 52-18 match to eventual champion Pennsylvania Lightning. Top performers for the Empire State were state champions Trevor Chinn (Canandaigua HS-145) and Arthur Jones (Union-Endicott HS-280). Four state runners-up that balanced the lineup were; Dan Bishop (Whitehall HS-108),  Tom Magnani (Islip HS-117), Alton Lucas (West Babylon HS-157) and Rob Parker (Northport HS-165).
     At the Brute US High School Open New York crowned three champions, Joe Whitaker (Queensbury HS-130), Stephen Sutton (LaSalle HS-135) and Matthew Riddle (Srartoga Springs HS-176). Incidentally, Sutton defeated Whitaker, 5-1, in the Section Two finals this past season. Other place winners were; Jason Lapham (Beekmantown HS- 3rd at 124), Taylor Malone (Lowville HS- 6th at 130), Marcus Sterling (Copiague HS- 5th at 135), Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (Ramapo HS- 7th at 150), Mike Roberts (Colonie HS-4th at 145), Mike Locke (William Floyd HS-8th at 145), Sean Riley (Brockport HS-7th at 150),Alton Lucas (West Babylon HS- 2nd at 157), Troy Tooley (Kendall HS- 5th at 157), David McCarty (LaSalle HS-4th at 165), John Barone (William Floyd HS- 8th at 165), Kevin Bush (Brockport HS- 8th at 176), Richard Williams (Kendall HS- 4th at 194), Cole Merryman (LaSalle- 4th at 220) and Sewanhaka's Tom Daddino who finished 6th at 220 pounds.
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