Fonda/Johnstown’s Hicks named WAC Most Outstanding Wrestler

A wrestler has his hand held up in victory

Fonda/Johnstown wrestler Owen Hicks has his hand raised after beating Greenville’s Kieran Cullen in the Section II Division 2 145-pound championship Feb. 11 at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

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HIGH SCHOOLS – After winning the regular-season league title, the Fonda/Johnstown wrestling team was well-represented on the Western Athletic Conference all-star team.

Owen Hicks was named the WAC Most Outstanding Wrestler and a first-team all-star at 145 pounds. Hicks was second at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Tournament. Hicks posted a 43-4 record this season.

Fonda/Johnstown also had Jonathan Swartwout (110 pounds), Jonathan Cranker (172) and Johnathan Sammons (215) named to the first team. Swartwout finished his second with a 23-19 record, Cranker was 31-12 and Sammons was 27-13.

In addition to their first-team selections, Fonda/Johnstown’s Kyran Clark (118), Matt Livingston (126), Logan McCoy (138) and Collin Pickering (145) earned second-team recognition. Clark was 9-14 overall, Livingston was 16-19, McCoy went 28-17 and Pickering posted a 21-15 record.

Canajoharie/Fort Plain placed Chloe Haig (102), Austin Horender (118), Alex Smith (126) and Christian Burke (160) on the first team. Courage Dunn (110) earned second-team honors for C-FP. Haig posted a 13-7 record this season, Horender was 24-5, Smith was 21-7, Burke finished 23-7 and Dunn posted a 12-6 record.

Rounding out the first-team selections were Duanesburg/Schoharie’s Scotty Nicolella (132), Daniel Stealey (138), Jacob Schweigard (152) and Tyler Ward (285), along with Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh’s Jason Basle (189).

Duanesburg/Schoharie also had Tyler Lewandowski (132), Lucas Grenier (152), Logan Krause (172) and Dalton Cooper (215) named second-team all-stars.

Rounding out the second-team selections were Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh’s River Townsend (160), Lincoln Snyder (189) and Matthew Dibble (285).

2022-23 Western Athletic Conference Wrestling All-Stars
MOW: Owen Hicks (Fonda/Johnstown)
First Team
102: Chloe Haig (Canajoharie/Fort Plain)
110: Jonathan Swartwout (Fonda/Johnstown)
118: Austin Horender (Canajoharie/Fort Plain)
126: Alex Smith (Canajoharie/Fort Plain)
132: Scotty Nicolella (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
138: Daniel Stealey (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
145: Owen Hicks (Fonda/Johnstown)
152: Jacob Schweigard (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
160: Christian Burke (Canajoharie/Fort Plain)
172: Jonathan Cranker (Fonda/Johnstown)
189: Jason Basle (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh)
215: Johnathan Sammons (Fonda/Johnstown)
285: Tyler Lloyd (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
Second Team
110: Courage Dunn (Canajoharie/Fort Plain)
118: Kyran Clark (Fonda/Johnstown)
126: Matt Livingston (Fonda/Johnstown)
132: Tyler Lewandowski (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
138: Logan McCoy (Fonda/Johnstown)
145: Collin Pickering (Fonda/Johnstown)
152: Lucas Grenier (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
160: River Townsend (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh)
172: Logan Krause (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
189: Lincoln Snyder (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh)
215: Dalton Cooper (Duanesburg/Schoharie)
285: Matthew Dibble (Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh)

By Paul Wager

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