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Sports Archives The Altamont Enterprise, February 19, 2009
A handful of local wrestlers move on to sectionals
By Jordan J. Michael
Guilderland, Voorheesville, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo wrestling all found success at sectional qualifying meets this past weekend. The Dutchmen took the most impressive cake of the three.
Guilderland placed second overall at the Class A meet at Columbia on Saturday with a score of 126.5. Eleven of the team’s 13 athletes will be heading to Glens Falls this weekend for sectionals.
Matt Cubillos continued his glory run and earned his third straight title at 130 pounds. He also became the Dutchmen’s all-time wins leader with 160 career victories, passing Roger Sawyer’s previous record of 158 from 2005.
“I’m so happy for Cubillos; he’s a great competitor and he has set many records,” said Head Coach Korey Rogotzke. “He might be the single best wrestler in our program’s history. Opponents want nothing to do with him.”
Devan Van Auken took the 215-pound crown for the second year in a row. Eugene Sellie, Greg Reinhart, Matt Hart, and Kevin Bates all finished second in their respective weight classes.
Zach Wacksman, Travis Wolanski, Ben Moon, Christian Kernozek, and Brendan Ruddy all had top-five finishes to move on to sectionals.
“The most impressive performance this past weekend was Moon, who wrestled like a man possessed,” Rogotzke said on Tuesday. “He beat top-seeded Colin Selin from Niskayuna in overtime. Moon would not quit and he’s one of the hardest workers on the team.”
Cubillos will be the first seed for the 130-pound weight class at sectionals. Van Auken is the second seed at 215. “Cubillos should be a lock for states. He should walk through,” said Rogotzke. “He won’t under estimate the competition. Van Auken has a good shot, too.”
Hart leads Guilderland with a 35-6 record on the year. “He has a chance to get 40 wins. No wrestler has ever reached 40 wins for us,” Rogotzke said.
The Dutchmen could end up with four state qualifiers after the dust settles at the Glens Falls Civic Center over the weekend. “It’s a very realistic goal for us,” said Rogotzke. “It all depends on the draw and staying healthy.”
BKW finished in fifth place at the Class D meet in Whitehall on Saturday. It was the highest finish for a team that has steadily improved over its four years of existence.
Josh Glick tackled first place at 140 pounds and Keith Domermuth was first in the 285-pound weight class. Nolan Diamond and Greg Hannay each had second-place finishes. Matt Casullo and Vincent Pasquini will be joining the others in Glens Falls this weekend.
“Glick was a repeating champion from last year and he has other sectional titles from track and cross-country,” said Head Coach Jeff Vogel. “Him and Hannay are three-sport athletes. It’s an amazing thing.”
The Bulldogs were second in the Western Athletic Conference for the second year in a row. Vogel told The Enterprise that Domermuth, Glick, and Hannay were the “core nucleus” of the program when it started four years ago.
“These guys taught themselves how to wrestle because no one was above them,” Vogel said. “I rarely have to motivate the rest of the team because they do it for me. It will be tough to say goodbye.”
The Voorheesville wrestling team placed seventh at the Class D’s in Whitehall. The Blackbirds had 10 wins on the season, a dramatic improvement from last year.
“We blew our four-win goal out of the water,” said Head Coach Matt Robinson on Tuesday. “We didn’t even have a full lineup all year and we still won matches. Everyone exceeded expectations.”
Jerry Clark earned second place in the 152-pound weight class and Talyor Treadgold came in third at 119. Andrew Clark, Dylan Foster, and Jimmy Sheedy will join the others in Glens Falls for sectionals this weekend.
Jerry Clark and Treadgold had over 30 wins for Voorheesville and Sheedy had 27. Robinson is hoping to bring the program to a new level after years in the basement.
“We can have a couple guys make it to states if they wrestle their hearts out on the mat,” Robinson said. “It takes a little something for these guys to last a whole season like they have. This team is young, so things will continue to improve.”