Guilderland wrestlers grapple in state tournment at TU Center in Albany

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Peeking through Josh LoGiudice’s underarm is Plainview freshman Peter Pappas, who upset the second-seeded Guilderland wrestler, 8 to 1, in the first round of the 106-pound weight class at the state competition last Friday. Pappas went on to place second in the tournament, and LoGiudice, a senior, didn’t place, but won two matches in the wrestlebacks.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Thrown: Guilderland’s Mike Lainhart lifts Dylan Booth, of Port Jervis, beginning to toss him to the mat during last Friday’s 120-pound first-round match at the state tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany. Lainhart built a 7-to-2 lead, and held on for an 8-to-6 win to advance to the quarterfinals where he was pinned by Saratoga’s Dominic Inzana. Lainhart, a senior, lost his wrestleback match to Niagara Falls’s Donny McCoy, 8 to 1.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Shoulder to lean on: For the second straight year, both Mike Lainhart and Josh LoGiudice competed at the state wrestling tournament for Guilderland as Section 2 Division I champions. Here, Lainhart, right, waits for the referee’s whistle to start the second period of the first-round match against Dylan Booth.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Caught under his 106-pound opponent is Guilderland senior Josh LoGiudice, who lost in the first round of States last weekend. LoGiudice’s friend, and training partner, Mike Lainhart, also wrestled at States for the Dutch at 120 pounds.

Guilderland seniors, best friends, and training partners, Josh LoGiudice and Mike Lainhart, wrestled at States for the second consecutive year.