AVCS wrestler claims state title

CLINTONVILLE Dustin Frederick is one of the best wrestlers in the state and now he has the title to prove it. Frederick, a junior at AuSable Valley Central School and member of Section VII, won the state championship at 275 pounds in the NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championship on March 3. The event was held at the Times Union Center in Albany. Frederick defeated Demetrius Menders of Section V in the championship match, pinning him in 51 seconds. Prior to that, he defeated Section Vs Bryant Madigan with a 6-1 decision in the opening round, and then pinned Section IIIs Jeremy Doxstader in 1:35. It was awesome nerve-wracking, but the feeling of being there was great, said Frederick. Its been a long road to the top. Frederick, 17, has been wrestling for 11 years. Its an individual sport you get out of it what you put into it. You cant blame anyone if you lose but yourself, said Frederick. Not that losing was something he had much experience with this year. Frederick went 27-1 this season, losing only to his sectional rival Ryan Stacey. He claimed revenge in the sectional finals, though, defeating Stacey 7-5. Its determination and hard work that has brought Frederick success. He said support from his teammates, coaches and school had helped him achieve success, along with the encouragement from his father, Wayne. Frederick trains year-round for wrestling. He runs for about an hour a day, and spends two hours lifting. He said his favorite part of school is going to practice. Its who I am. Its helped me evolve all the way through school, said Frederick. Frederick is the first state wrestling champion from AVCS. AuSable Valley Central School honored Frederick at a pep rally held at the end of the day on Tuesday. Posters congratulating Big Fred were also plastered throughout the halls. Frederick was a member of the 2006 AVCS championship football team, but plans to focus entirely on wrestling next year. He will be heading to the Junior Nationals at the end of March, which will be held in Virginia Beach. Frederick hopes to win a wrestling scholarship for college. He plans on majoring in physical education, and would like to become a coach. I'd like to give back to the sport what Ive got out of it, said Frederick. Frederick has another ambitious goal to take care of first: to become a two-time state champion. Im hoping to do it again next year, said Frederick.

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