NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
by Jim and Tony Nordland
Section Five won their second consecutive Division I team title as they edged Section Eleven, 274.5 points to 264.5. The Rochester area crowned four champions, including Brockport's Eric Schuth (40-1) who decisioned defending champion Ryan Lamagra (39-3), 1-0, for the 189-pound crown. Other titlists include Dan Mandara (38-4) of Canandaigua at 125, Desi Green (140) of Rush Henrietta and Matthew Hodge of Webster-Thomas at 275 pounds. Rounding out the team scores were Section Two (225), Section Eight (203) and Section Six with 147 points. Of the six returning Division I state champions, only three were able to successfully defend their titles. Sophomore Paul Liguori (47-0, 135-12 career mark) of Wantagh dominated four opponents en route to the 112-pound crown and now has won 86 consecutive matches.Liguori was relentless with his single leg takedowns and his tight bar-arm tilts. Others included the top-rated 135-pounder in the nation, four-time state medalist Corey Jantzen (35-0, 179-7) of SWR, was impressive in claiming his second state championship at 135, and Michael Chaires (50-0, 221-19) of CBA-2, who needed overtime to captured his second state title. Reigning champions Tyler Mashkow (42-1, 156-17) of Islip dropped his opening bout and won five consecutive matches to finished in third place. at 125 pounds and Long Beach's Eduardo Delgado (39-1, 188-32) was defeated by Lance Wade (38-4, 141-28) of Islip. Wade used his strong single leg takedowns and tight ride to defeat Delgado, 5-3, and claimed his state crown at 152 pounds. Long Island wrestlers that captured state titles were sophomore Steven Keith (42-2, 103-14) of SWR, at 96, four-time state placer, PJ Gillespie (41-0, 214-29) of Long Beach at 145 and Cornell bound Maciej Jochym (43-0, 136-16) of Herricks, who posted three falls to claim his title at 215 pounds.Three LI grapplers finished as runners-up, the aforementioned Delgado, and a pair of freshmen, Nick Arujau (35-1) of Syossset at 103 and Stephen Dutton (42-2, 93-10) of Hauppauge. Arujau opened a 2-0 lead but Valley Central's Cody Ruggirello (50-2, 125-15) applied his bar arm ride and secured a fall at the 5:01 mark. Dutton worked for the initial takedown and was then caught in a cement mixer/stepover and flattened in the second period by Marathon sophomore Devon Brown (28-2, 100-8) for the 119-pound crown. In one of the more exciting and entertaining bouts in the finals, Iroquois' Matt Mariacher (48-0, 192-31) squared off with Leigh Tobias (36-4) of Johnson City in the 130-pound final. Mariacher used his quickness and single/double change over takedowns to narrowly defeat Tobias, 7-6, as time expired in their hard fought bout. Shenendehowa junior Hunter Meys (47-0, 207-10) dominated the 171-pound bracket as he pinned all four opponents, and used his overhead cradle to record a first period fall in the finals. Meys had three first period pins and his aggregate time was four falls in 6:55, for his efforts he was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler award.
In the Division Two Tournament, Section Five dominated all other sections and amassed 472.5 points to easily outdistanced defending team champion, Section Three (286) and Section Six with 214. The purple-cladded contingent crowned five champions, including the Paddock brothers, Ian (44-0), a sophomore at 119 and Paul (47-0) a senior at 160, along with teammate Billy Romasser at 215 pounds. Ian Paddock scored a 15-0, 5:00 tech.fall over reigning champion Nick Wilcox of Greene. Defending champions that successfully defended their titles were sophomore Alex Ekstrom (125) of Palmyra Macedon, Gouverneur's David Perrigo (44-2, 172-33) at 140 and tough Mike Kampnich (40-0, 183-28) of General Brown at 145 pounds. Two-time winner Colin McDonald (43-2. 193-27) of Waverly was defeated by Ravena's Nate Graham, 8-5 overtime, for the 171-pound title. In the marquee match of the Division II finals, sophomore Kyle Dake (43-0, 131-13) of Lansing controlled the match with previously unbeaten Mike Gomez (42-1, 145-12) of Locust Valley. Dake opened the bout with a fireman's carry takedown and added back points for a 5-0 lead. In the third period he used a pancake and flattened Gomez at the 5:25 mark for the 112-pound crown,and was voted the outstanding wrestler in the tournament.