Two-time sate champion Nick Gwiazdowski (55-0, 204-28) of Duanesburg won five bouts en route to the 215-pound national title. At the Senior Nationals, SUNY Binghamton bound Gwiazdowski had a tech fall and pinned four opponents including a 4:57 fall in the finals over Patrick Gillen (CT). Chris Perez (MacArthur) defeated Joseph White (Michigan), 6-4, in the semifinals and dropped a 5-4 OT verdict to California's Vince Rodriguez in the championship bout at 125 pounds. He will take his mat skills to Princeton University next year.
New York State won the Freshman Nationals as they tallied 187.5 points to dethrone defending team champion Pennsylvania (142.5) and perennial power California who finished with 128.5 points. Winning the freshman title was Burke Paddock (Warsaw), he posted one major decision, two tech falls and had two pins, including a 1:16 fall in the finals against Jose Ortiz (Bethlehem, PA) to claim the 171-pound crown. Paddock was voted the outstanding wrestler in the tournament. He is the younger brother of former three-time state champion Ian Paddock (now at Ohio State). William Koll (Lansing) won four matches before dropping an 8-2 decision in the finals to state runner-up Ryan Millhof (Georgia) at 103 pounds. Koll had 4 pins in 4:07 and received the Most Pins Award. He is the son of Cornell head coach Rob Koll. New York had 11 place-winners in the tournament.
In the Sophomore Nationals New York State had two finalists and placed second in the competition (184.5 points) behind Pennsylvania who finished with 262.5. Winning the lone championship for New York was Nick Lupi (Huntington) who won five matches including a solid 9-2 decision over Spencer Empey (Nevada) to capture the 215-pound class. Finalist Zack Zupan (Canastota) was defeated by Ohio's Domenic Abunder, 11-2, at 171 pounds.
In the Junior Division, New York finished fourth with 157 points behind PA, CA and New Jersey. The Empire State contingent finished with nine Junior All-Americans incuding runner-up Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota). Finocchiaro was edged by Montana's Luke Zeiger, 3-1, in the 130-pound final. New York finished with two bronze medalists; Dylan Palacio (145) of Long Beach and Letchworth's Chris Nevinger at 152 pounds.