Lainhart and LoGiudice share success together, or not at all, they say

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Pressing his head into an opponent is Guilderland wrestler Josh LoGiudice, who will be competing at States this weekend for the second season in a row. He wrestled at 99 pounds last year, but is the 106-pound Section 2 champion this season. 

GUILDERLAND — Mike Lainhart was worn out. He didn’t want to wrestle anymore, but said that his best friend bribed him into coming back.

This friend, Josh LoGiudice, said that it wasn’t a bribe, but it was a persuasion.

“All right, it was a beg,” Lainhart said of LoGiudice’s need for a training partner, which Lainhart had been since third grade. “As much as I wanted to get out of the sport, I felt bad leaving him.”

Since Lainhart decided to continue wrestling for his senior season at Guilderland, LoGiudice and Lainhart are now training for their second consecutive state tournament. The competition is this weekend at the Times Union Center, and both Dutch wrestlers are certain that they wouldn’t be there without each other.

LoGiudice, the 106-pound champion of Section 2, doesn’t know where he would be if Lainhart, the 120-pound champ, didn’t come back.

“I don’t think I’d be in this position, I really don’t,” LoGiudice said. “Compared to other kids in the room, Mike is one, two, or three levels above them, so he gives me better and different looks than I wouldn’t get otherwise.”

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