H.S. Wrestling Roundup: Braves 7th, Sir Bills 8th at Schenectady Invy

SCHENECTADY – Johnstown’s Joe Nellis won the 220-pound weight class and the Fonda-Fultonville Braves had two wrestlers place second at the Schenectady Invitational.

Overall, Fonda-Fultonville finished seventh with 98 points and Johnstown took eighth with 93.

Nellis pinned Schenectady’s Emanuel Zamora in the championship match in 1:41 to claim the crown.

He opened the tournament with a pinfall victory in 3:00 over Taconic Hills’ Dave Jones in the quarterfinals. He had an even easier time in the semifinals as he pinned Scotia-Glenville’s Joe Graham in 35 seconds.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Kyle Gray took second after suffering a quick pin to Mohonasen’s Shiva Bhoge in the championship match at 99 pounds.

Gray opened the tournament with an 11-7 win over Scotia-Glenville’s Hailey Finn in the semifinals.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Ryan Parks was beaten by Mohonasen’s Dom Notar, 8-7, in the 152-pound championship match to take second.

He opened the tournament with a 2:58 pinfall victory over Johnstown’s Joe Salatel and pinned Schenectady’s Alex Martinez in 38 seconds in the semis. Salatel lost to Niskayuna’s Michael Squadere, 13-2, in the wrestlebacks and did not place.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Dom Mancini pinned Ballston Spa’s Eric Howe in 37 seconds to take third place at 145 pounds.

He opened the tournament with a 1:54 pinfall victory over Johnstown’s Josh Lalonde. He was then pinned by Mohonasen’s Steve Shadick in the semifinals. Mancini pinned Scotia-Glenville’s Cody Cooke in 4:05 to advance to the consolation finals.

Lalonde lost to Howe in his first wrestleback and did not place.

Johnstown’s Austin Brand placed third at 170 pounds with a 2:35 pinfall victory over Forrest Kubrcky.

Brand opened the tournament with a 6-2 win over Jacob West before falling to Green Tech’s Najee Collins-Coleman, 8-3. He went straight to the consolation semifinals, where he pinned Mohonasen’s Tom Layton in 2:53 to advance to the third-place match.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Robert Bagley was eliminated from title contention in the first round by Kubrcky and he came back to defeat Scotia-Glenville’s Robert Payette in 1:45 before suffering a loss to Layton in 1:19.

Johnstown’s Patrick Morrison pinned Schenectady’s Felix Garcia in 1:51 in the consolation finals to take third at 195 pounds. Morrison opened the tournament with a 3:28 pinfall victory over Ballston Spa’s Mike DeFilippo. However, he lost to Mohonasen’s Eric Pierone, 6-0, and was sent to the consolation semifinals.

He advanced with a 22-second pinfall victory over Mechanicville’s Dan Hayner.

Kelsey Gray (113) placed fifth after beating Bethlehem’s Zach Libby in the fifth-place match, 10-5. She opened the tournament, getting pinned by Mohonasen’s Mahesh Bhoge in 1:40 and lost to Schenectady’s John Mendez in the consolation semifinals, 9-1.

Johnstown’s Jeremy Meher finished fifth at 120 pounds, pinning Fonda-Fultonville’s Thomas Teneyck in 1:27 in the fifth-place match.

Meher was pinned by Schenectady’s Josh Reed in the quarterfinals in 3:48. Reed had previously dispatched Teneyck in the first round, 14-2. Meher came back to pin Mohonasen’s Will Rogozinski in 1:44, but lost to Taconic Hills’ Nick Bailey by pinfall in 4:26.

Reed was a frequent nemesis to Teneyck as Reed beat him, 10-5, sending him to the fifth-place match. Teneyck picked up wins over Mechanicville’s Ian Frement and Scotia-Glenville’s Jli Raivera-Lathrop.

At 285 pounds, Johnstown’s Brandon Stevens defeated Fonda-Fultonville’s Eric Moyer by default in the fifth-place match. Moyer finished sixth.

Moyer pinned Stevens earlier in the tournament in 1:03 before falling to Adam Agresta in the quarterfinals. Stevens also lost to Scotia-Glenville’s Brandon Hulin, who went on to finish third.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Richard Bagley forfeited to Ballston Spa’s Fred Lohaus at 160 pounds to finish sixth He had lost in the consolation semifinals, 8-1, to Niskayuna’s Garrett Davis.

Bagley opened the tournament by pinning Mohonasen’s David whelan in 1:26 before losing his next match to Richard Jarnot in 43 seconds. Bagley opened the wrestlebacks with a 36-second pin of Johnstown’s Anthony Schiavo, who did not place. Bagley followed that with a 13-second pin of Scotia-Glenville’s Shawn Leonard before losing to Davis.

Schiavo was pinned by Mechanicville’s Matt Coreno in his first match of the day.

Johnstown’s Nate Dutcher (106) won his first match of the day, 4-2, over Scotia-Glenville’s Matt Traficante but lost in the semifinals to Ballston Spa’s Nick Mears, 16-0, by technical fall. He lost his first consolation match, 6-0, to Mohonasen’s Paul Sacchetti and did not place.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Jackson Simpson lost both his matches at 126 pounds and did not place.

Johnstown’s Troy DeBlock lost both his matches at 132 pounds and did not place, while Fonda-Fultonville’s Jacob Moyer went 1-2. Moyer’s only win was a 36-second pin over Scotia-Glenville’s Mike Meade in the wrestlebacks.

Johnstown’s Anthony Mowrey (138) pinned Fonda-Fultonville’s Jacob Boyer in 1:47 in a consolation match before losing his next match. It was Mowrey’s only victory. Boyer went 0-2.

Johnstown’s Austin Manchester lost his only two live matches and did not place. He was credited with a win in the wrestlebacks when he accepted a forfeit from Taconic Hills’ Josh Broskey.

Eastern States Classic

LOCH SHELDRAKE – Amsterdam’s Brandon Lapi finished fifth at 132 pounds Saturday at the Eastern States Classic wrestling tournament at Sullivan Community College Community College.

Lapi, the third seed in the tournament, advanced to the semifinals where he suffered a 2-0 loss to second-seeded Tristan Firfanburg. He opened the day in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over the sixth seed, Haupauge’s Chris Mauriello.

Rifanburg went on to win the championship with an 8-5 win over fourth-seeded Sam Melikan of Fordham Prep.

Lapi fell to the consolation semifinal, where he lost his second match of the day, 2-1 to the top seed, Matt Leshinger of Sayville. However, he recovered from those two losses to pin the eighth seeed, Jake DiMarsico of North Rockland, in 49 seconds to finish fifth.

Amsterdam’s only other wrestler to compete Saturday, James Marquez, who was seeded 13th at 160 pounds. He lost his only match of the day, 4-2, to Port Jervis’ Travis Edwards, the 12th seed. Edwards also did not place.

The Rams finished the tournament tied for 40th with Chaminade with 40 points. Wantagh won the tournament with 138.5 points.