Area wrestlers ready for Section II tournaments


Canajoharie-Fort Plain wrester Cody Haig has Spaulding’s Ryan Glassford in his grasp on the mat during the Saratoga Invitational 138 lb. consolation final Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Saratoga Springs High School.

For the first time in two years, the Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown wrestling team will compete in the postseason.

After last season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown will head to Watervliet High School on Saturday for the Section II Class CC tournament.

Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown had four wrestlers seeded among the top four in their respective weight classes for the Class CC tourney.

Owen Hicks was seeded first at 145 pounds, Jonathon Cranker second at 160, Logan McCoy was seeded third at 138 and Zenmatsu Myles was seeded fourth at 126.

Hicks won the Class CC title at 126 pounds in 2020, while Myles was second at 120. Cranker was third at 145.

Hicks is 25-1 overall this season, Myles is 16-5, McCoy is 9-8 and Cranker is 3-2.

Joining Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown in the Class CC field will be host Watervliet/Cohoes, Hudson Falls, Cohoes/Watervliet, Lansingburgh, Glens Falls, Schalmont, Schuylerville/Greenwich, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, LaSalle and Albany Academy.

Cobleskill-Richmondville won the Class CC title in 2020.

Wrestling is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Three other area teams also will be in action this weekend.

Amsterdam and Scotia-Glenville are slated to travel to Queensbury High School on Sunday for the Class B tournament. Canajoharie/Fort Plain will compete in the Class D tournament, which will be hosted by Salem/Cambridge at Cambridge High School on Saturday.

The Class A and B tournaments were originally scheduled to be held Friday, but were postponed to Sunday when Friday’s entire area high school schedule was wiped out due to a snowstorm across the Capital Region.

The top six finishers in the Class A and B tourneys qualify for the Section II Division I (large-school) tournament, while the top four finishers in the Class CC, C and D tourneys advance to the Section II Division II (small-school) tournament. Those tournaments will take place simultaneously at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls next Saturday.


After finishing second the Division I dual-meet tourney, Shaker will host the Section II Class A tournament Sunday.

The Blue Bison had three wrestlers claim the top seed in their respective weight classes.

Michael Santore (118 pounds), Donovan Deguire (172) and Ryan Stein (215) were all seeded first for Shaker.

Shenendehowa, which won the 2020 Class A title, has four wrestlers seeded first for this year’s tournament. Greg Green (102), Ayden Robles (126), Vincent Grembocki (132) and Jashon Holmes (138) all earned No. 1 seed for the Plainsmen.

Saratoga Springs is the only other school with more than one wrestler seeded first as Vito Spatafora (152) and Sachiel Chuckrow (160) earned top seeds.

Rounding out the Class A field will be Schenectady, Albany, Colonie, Guilderland, Bethlehem and Columbia.

Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.


Having won the Section II Division I dual-meet title, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will look to add another title when it travels to Queensbury for the Class B tournament.

Liam Martin (126 pounds), Gabriel Goss (132), Tyler Rossini (138), Thomas Pawlinga (160) and Danny Casey (189) all earned No. 1 seeds for the Spartans, who won the Class B title in 2020.

Ballston Spa’s Ralph Keeney (102), Connor Gregory (152) and Darrien Insogna (215) all were seeded first, along with Mohonasen’s Clayton O’Connor (110) and Nico Rivera (118).

Queensbury’s Dylan Schell (172) and Niskayuna’s Allan Duavon (285) also earned top seeds.

Renso Montalvo earned the top seed at 145 pounds for Amsterdam, Carlos Montalvo was seeded second at 126 and Ryan Reagan was seeded fourth at 189. The Rams finished sixth at the Class B tourney in 2020.

Renso Montalvo won the 120-pound Class B title in 2020, while Carlos Montalvo was third at 113 pounds.

Scotia-Glenville/Galway’s Calvin Conti was seeded third at 126 pounds.

The Class B field also includes South Glens Falls, Averill Park and CBA.

Wrestling is slated to begin at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday.



After winning the Class C title in 2020, Tamarac will finally have the opportunity to defend its title.

The Bengals have four wrestlers seeded first in their respective weight classes.

That group includes D’Vante Ortiz (102). Trevor Bishop (118), Torin Bishop (132) and Austin Fitzpatrick (145).

Granville/Fort Ann and Catskill each have two wrestlers seeded first. Jaxon Torres (110) and Nicholas Crum (126) earned top seeds for the Golden Horde, while Daniel Forbes (160) and Stephen Forbes (189) were seeded first for the Cats.

The Class C field includes host Mechanicville/Stillwater, Ichabod Crane, 2020 Class CC champion Cobleskill-Richmondville, Taconic Hills, Coxsackie-Athens, Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, Greenville and Rensselaer/Loudonville Christian.

Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.


After claiming the Section II Division II dual meet title, Warrensburg/Bolton is looking to claim the Class D crown on Saturday.

Dylan Winchell (126), Tanner McKenna (132), Dante Corriveau (145) and Tristan Hitchcock (285) all were seeded first in their respective classes for Warrensburg/Bolton, which has won the last five Class D titles.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh’s Gabe English (102), Liam English (110) and Hunter Parker (160) were seeded first in their weight classes, along with Duanesburg/Schoharie’s Scott Nicolella (118), Jermey Rehberg (152).

Cody Haig (138) and Reed Douglass (172) earned No. 1 seeds for Canajoharie-Fort Plain, while Austin Horender (110) and Alex Smith (118) were seeded third. Haig won the 120-pound Class D title in 2020, while Smith (99) and Douglass (182) placed third. C-FP was sixth in the team standings in 2020.

Host Salem/Cambridge, Cairo-Durham, Hoosick Falls, Corinth, Berlin/New Lebanon, Maple Hill and Whitehall round out the Class D field.

Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Top Four Seeds


(at Shaker)

102: 1. Greg Green (Shen), 2. Jack Dacey (Sar), 3. William Inman (Colum), 4. Vincent Mastrianni (Col).

110: 1. Ilan Kligerman (Alb), 2. Arcangelo Losee (Shen), 3. Abukar Abuzaid (Colum), 4. Xavier Vargas (Schen).

118: 1. Michael Santore (Shak), 2. Alex Polsinello (Shak), 3. Hamza Noman (Shen), 4. Trey Edwards (Sar).

126: 1. Ayden Robles (Shen), 2. Myles White (Guild), 3. Jack Toussaint (Colum), 4. Ben Rounds (Col).

132: 1. Vincent Grembocki (Shen), 2. Taylor Beaury (Sar), 3. Jackson Willi (Beth), 4. Thad Miller (Col).

138: 1. Jashon Holmes (Shen), 2. Davin Leavey (Shen), 3. Kyle Griskowitz (Sar), 4. Brian Rezek (Shak).

145: 1. Noah Smith (Colum), 2. David Ensminger (Shen), 3. Antonio Rezek (Shak), 4. Daniel Ralston (Guild).

152: 1. Vito Spatafora (Sar), 2. Gordon Murray (Sar), 3. Matthew Hoxie (Colum), 4. Nick Dimonda (Shen).

160: 1. Sachiel Chuckrow (Sar), 2. Charlie Welcome (Colum), 3. Arman Hashimee (Shen), 4. John Truesdell (Col).

172: 1. Donovan Deguire (Shak), 2. Dillon O’Brien (Guild).

189: 1. Dillon Blanchard (Guild), 2. Ahmad Farzad (Shak), 3. Lorenzo Palleschi (Sar), 4. Connor Heineman (Beth).

215: 1. Ryan Stein (Shak), 2. Ayman Elsiddig (Schen), 3. Keith Heineman (Beth), 4. Vincent Morizio (Guild).

285: 1. Jaydon Aquirre-Hamlin (Col), 2. Zack Harrison (Guild), 3. Will Hotaling (Col).


(at Queensbury)

102: 1. Ralph Keeney (BSpa), 2. Vincent Graulau (Mohon), 3. Brayden Shattuck (Qby), 4. Drew Schiavo (Nisk).

110: 1. Clayton O’Connor (Mohon), 2. Jacob Hanlon (AP), 3. Tyler Whiteley (BH-BL), 4. Ryan Vanguilder (Qby).

118: 1. Nico Rivera (Mohon), 2. Cameron Hinchcliff (BSpa), 3. Tristan Hinchcliff (BSpa), 4. Timothy Stephenson (SGF).

126: 1. Liam Martin (BH-BL), 2. Carlos Montalvo (Ams), 3. Calvin Conti (S-G/Gal), 4. Samuel Ness (BSpa).

132: 1. Gabriel Goss (BH-BL), 2. John Welcome (AP).

138: 1. Tyler Rossini (BH-BL), 2. Colin Carlin (BH-BL), 3. Brody Johnson (Nisky), 4. Jacob White (AP).

145: 1. Renso Montalvo (Ams), 2. Joshua Warland (BH-BL), 3. Matt Lofstrom (Mohon), 4. Tyler Leahey (BSpa).

152: 1. Connor Gregory (BSpa), 2. Nick Tempel (AP), 3. Lucas Schell (Qby), 4. Howard Bearce (BH-BL).

160: 1. Thomas Pawlinga (BH-BL), 2. Michael Steen (AP), 3. Dylan Smith (Qby), 4. Peter Siracuse (BSpa).

172: 1. Dylan Schell (Qby), 2. Ryan Buthfer (BH-BL), 3. Landon Payton (Mohon), 4. Elias Goosmann (AP).

189: 1. Danny Casey (BH-BL), 2. Joshua Ahrens (SGF), 3. Scott Miller (Qby), 4. Ryan Reagan (Ams).

215: 1. Darrien Insogna (BSpa), 2. Jack Hoke (Nisky), 3. Trevor Ismail (BH-BL).

285: 1. Allan Duavon (Nisky), 2. Evan Meisner (Nisky), 3. Shawnjohn Kannamore (Mohon).


(at Watervliet)

102: 1. Justin Mullis (HF), 2. Aiden Forster (RCS). 

110: 1. Avi Berg (GF), 2. Aonghus Paige (HF), 3. Briana Struck (RCS), 4. Anthony Gratto (Wat/Coh).

118: 1. Derick Carey (Lans), 2. Colin Diffee (HF), 3. Daytwan Coleman (Wat/Coh), 4. Tyler Murphy (Schal).

126: 1. Dylan Devine (Schal), 2. Dom Doyle (HF), 3. Frank Broadhurst (RCS), 4. Zenmatsu Myles (F-F/J).

132: 1. Gavin Krywy (HF), 2. Don Macmillan (Schuy/Green), 3. Jimmy Whalen (LaS), 4. Jaequan Jones (RCS).

138: 1. Kaden Potter (RCS), 2. Ethan Nolan (HF), 3. Logan McCoy (F-F/J), 4. Donovan Lettieri (LaS).

145: 1. Owen Hicks (F-F/J), 2. Zaire Scott (Schal), 3. Ayden Grieve (GF), 4. Sean Millington (Lans).

152: 1. Kendryek Flynn (Wat/Coh), 2. Elijah Fu (Lans), 3. Eli Johnson (GF), 4. Sean Heaney (HF). 

160: 1. Skylar Sturdevant (GF), 2. Jonathon Cranker (F-F/J), 3. Sean NeJaime (LaS), 4. Mason Watson (HF).

172: 1. Ray Hutton (LaS), 2. Justin Mullis (HF), 3. JT Lyle (RCS), 4. Michael Cavanaugh (Schal).

189: 1. Erik Chapman (RCS), 2. Connor Wright (GF).

215: 1. Jayden Morales (Lans), 2. Brandon Fitzgerald (Wat/Coh), 3. Gavin Williams (GF), 4. Mike Sullivan (HF). 

285: 1. Jakob Pregent (GF), 2. Eric Loya (Lan), 3. Dominick Maltese (RCS).


(at Stillwater/Mechanicville)

102: 1. D’Vante Ortiz (Tam), 2. Ashten Haley (C-R), 3. Neil Murphy (C-A), 4. Alexis LaFountain (M/S).

110: 1. Jaxon Torres (Gran/FA), 2. Ryker Cox (C-A), 3. Decker Carpenter (M/S).

118: 1. Trevor Bishop (Tam), 2. Quinn Johnson (Gran/FA), 3. Gage Decker (C-A), 4. Colin Brackett (TH).

126: 1. Nicholas Crum (Gran/FA), 2. Emily Frost (Tam), 3. Rocco Salvino (C-A), 4. Sam Vanauken (Green).

132: 1. Torin Bishop (Tam), 2. Thomas McMahon (Gran), 3. Max Rulison (C-A), 4. Dominic Scolaro (C-R).

138: 1. Kieran Cullen (Green), 2. Luke Yorke (C-R), 3. Carter McIntosh (H-L/LG), 4. Ty Roadcap (Tam).

145: 1. Austin Fitzpatrick (Tam), 2. Schuyler Caringi (C-A), 3. Zach Wilson (Gran/FA), 4. Mike Plante (Tam).

152: 1. Luke Schirmacher (M/S), 2. Kyber Henry (C-R), 3. Dylan Grogan (Tam), 4. Marco Dodig (Cat).

160: 1. Daniel Forbes (Cat), 2. Joseph Martinez (C-A), 3. Bryce Retell (Tam).

172: 1. Anthony Iamunno (C-A), 2. Jace Rehberg (C-R), 3. Bryan Mackey (Tam), 4. Devin O’Connor (Green).

189: 1. Stephen Forbes (Cat), 2. Robert Burns (TH), 3. Brent Perry (Gran/FA), 4. Ryan Ulscht (C-A).

215: 1. Logan Marissal (H-L/LG), 2. Luke Pryor (C-R), 3. Jerome VanAlstyne (Cat), 4. Tony Derival (Tam)

285: 1. Masen Cooper (C-R), 2. Hunter Donovan (C-A), 3. Thomas Cooper (IC), 4. Lenny Signoretti (Cat).


(at Salem-Cambridge)

102: 1. Gabe English (BKW/Midd), 2. Riley Bernash (Cor), 3. Henry Dill (Sal/Cam), 4. Thomas Harrington (Hoo.Falls).

110: 1. Liam English (BKW/Midd), 2. Cameron Carpenter (Warr/Bol), 3. Austin Horender (C-FP), 4. Gunnar Gibbons (MH).

118: 1. Scott Nicolella (Dua/Schoh), 2. Zachary Olden (Warr/Bol), 3. Alex Smith (C-FP), 4. Ethan Adams (Sal/Cam).

126: 1. Dylan Winchell (Warr/Bol), 2. Anthony Ortiz (MH), 3. Vincent Colvin (MH), 4. Carson Killenberger (Dua/Schoh).

132: 1. Tanner McKenna (Warr/Bol), 2. Christopher Vogt (Dua/Schoh), 3. Javier Ayarza (MH), 4. Zoey Lints (Dua/Schoh).

138: 1. Cody Haig (C-FP), 2. Daniel Stealey (Dua/Schoh), 3. James Colvin (MH), 4. Colton Bell (Warr/Bol).

145: 1. Dante Corriveau (Warr/Bol), 2. Jeremy Gress (Hoo.Falls), 3. Brayton Cary (Sal/Cam), 4. Jacob Schweigard (Dua/Schoh).

152: 1. Jermey Rehberg (Dua/Schoh), 2. Sawyer Ostrander (White), 3. Brenda Grenoble (Hoo.Falls), 4. Ethan Maier (MH).

160: 1. Hunter Parker (BKW/Midd), 2. Caiden Mosher (Warr/Bol), 3. Adam Noviczski (Dua/Schoh), 4. Jack Pomykaj (MH).

172: 1. Reed Douglass (C-FP), 2. Anthony Sturgess (MH), 3. Thomas Combs (Warr/Bolt), 4. Matt Kluck (Ber/NL).

189: 1. Troy Austin (White), 2. Quinn Donaldson (Sal/Cam), 3. Ayden Rushia (Warr/Bol), 4. Noah Abbott (Hoo.Falls).

215: 1. Lucas Martindale (Sal/Cam), 2. Rylie Burr (Sal/Cam), 3. Hunter Nemec (Warr/Bol), 4. Dalton Cooper (Dua/Schoh).

285: 1. Tristan Hitchcock (Warr/Bol), 2. Evan Day (Sal/Cam), 3. Tyler Lloyd (Dua/Schoh), 4. Tyler Goettinger (MH).

By Paul Wager

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