High schools: Fulton County Nordic, Alpine skiers head to state championships

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Broadalbin-Perth skier Colin Cotter skis down the slalom course on Echo trail during the Section II Alpine Ski championships at Gore Mountain Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in North Creek. He finished second in the slalom and captured the giant slalom race earlier in the day.

Fulton County will be well represented at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Alpine and Nordic skiing championships.

Two Alpine skiers and five nordic skiers will compete in the state meet, which is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at Gore Mountain in North Creek.

Broadalbin-Perth sophomore Colin Cotter and Johnstown junior Robin Kruggel will compete in the alpine meet. Johnstown junior Trey Naselli will compete in the Nordic meet, while Mayfield will send junior Fianna Halloran, senior Braydon Jourden and junior Brice Williams to the state Nordic meet.

Halloran earned her spot with a fourth-place finish at the Section II championships on Feb. 16, which were contested at Gore Mountain Nordic Center.

Jourden was fifth in the boys’ race at the Section II championships, while Williams was sixth. Naselli placed 11th for Johnstown.

Naselli is the first Johnstown Nordic skier to qualify for the state meet since Brett Schlesier finished 15th at the 2011 state championship meet.

Jourden and Halloran both qualified for the 2020 state meet. Last year’s state championship meet was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jourden finished 30th in 2020, while Halloran was 26th. Halloran also placed ninth at the 2019 state meet.

In the Alpine meet, Cotter won the Section II title in the giant slalom and was second in the slalom at Gore Mountain.

Kruggel was 11th in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom event.

The Alpine state meet will feature a two-run combined slalom event on Monday and a two-run giant slalom event on Tuesday at Gore Mountain.

The Nordic meet will consist of individual races for boys and girls on Monday and relay events on Tuesday.

Racing on both days for the nordic and alpine meets is slated to begin at 10 a.m.

HICKS, DOUGLASS REACH STATE WRESTLING SEMIS

Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown junior Owen Hicks and Canajoharie/Fort Plain senior Reed Douglass both scored a pair of pinfall wins Friday at the NYSPHSAA wrestling championships at MVP Arena in Albany, earning berths in Saturday’s semifinals.

Hicks, the No. 4 seed in the Division II 145-pound bracket, pinned Dryden’s Josh Rowland and Norwich’s Brady Smith to advance to the semifinals, where he’ll meet top-seeded Jackson Polo of Cold Spring Harbor for a spot in Saturday night’s championship match.

Douglass, the No. 5 seed at 172 in Division II, pinned Ryan Mastropaolo of Island Trees and Carlos Guzman of Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy — the latter in just 34 seconds — to set up his semifinal against No. 9 seed Luke Dendis of South Seneca.

Two other area wrestlers were unable to advance in the championship bracket, though Amsterdam’s Renso Montalvo is still alive in the consolation bracket.

Montalvo, the No. 7 seed at 145 in Division I, dropped an 8-4 decision to Massapequa’s Anthony Conetta in the round of 16. In his first wrestleback match, Montalvo posted a 5-1 decision win against Connetquot’s Christian Paredes. Montalvo will face Penfield’s Nolan Liess in his next match on Saturday, with the winner guaranteed of a top-eight finish.

Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown’s Jonathan Cranker was eliminated after he lost both of his matches by decision, falling to Letchworth’s Ryleigh Duryee in the championship bracket and to Canastota’s Ethan Austerman in his first consolation round match.

DIVISION I

145: Montalvo (Amsterdam) lost to Conetta (Massapequa), 8-4; dec. Paredes (Connetquot), 5-1; vs. Liess (Penfield

DIVISION 2

145: Hicks (Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown) pinned Rowland (Dryden), 4:56; pinned Smith (Norwich), 3:26.

160: Cranker (F-F/J) lost to Duryee (Letchworth), 7-4; lost to Austerman (Canastota), 5-3

172: Douglass (Canajoharie/Fort Plain) pinned Mastropaolo (Island Trees), 3:30; pinned Guzman (Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy), 0:34.

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