WCS Wrestlers Black and Rock headed for states

WARRENSBURG Watching Warrensburg High School Wrestler Ryan Black at a practice or before a match, he looks so relaxed hes bordering on comatose. In a recent meet with South Glens Falls, he lay on his back on the sidelines, beside other wrestlers who were nervously jogging and stretching before their six minutes of strain and sweat. Black was spread-eagled with his eyes closed, listening to music on his iPod while the crowds cheered on his teammates. Now thats relaxed. Monday, he was in the school wrestling room, or at least his physical body was there. Black was apparently going through the motions of warming up -- with little or no motion involved. He was lounging on the mat with his eyes half open while listening to vintage Elvis Presley tunes. But when facing down opponents this year, Black has exploded with energy, whipping his foes to the mat before they can figure out what happened. His quick attacks -- but even more his comprehensive knowledge of countermoves -- have aided him in in breaking school wrestling records and are bringing him to the brink of a state championship. This past weekend, he won a Section II title like he was merely taking care of business. Hes done so twice before, which is an all-time school record. Coach Mark Trapasso says it would have been three Sectional crowns had Black not been sidelined last year with a broken neck. Monday, Black sounded like he was apologizing for beating his Section II 160-pound finals opponent Nick Gwiazdowski of Duanesburg, by only 10 to 1. Gwiazdowski is the muscle-bound young wrestler who achieved a number-two seed in the Section. But the prior weekend, Black beat him by so many points, that the referee stopped the match because the tally was so tilted. Nick wrestled a lot better this week, Black said. Also, I was trying to stay healthy for the states. Thats the state wrestling tournament, where Black is expected to have a good shot at the championship. In his semi-final Sectional matches, Black pinned Rocco Nicoletta of Ichabod Crane in 2:28. Before, he pinned Nolan Diamond of Berne-Knox in a minute and a half. The first match of the day, he beat Clint DuMoulin by pinning him in 40 seconds or so. Black is mentally prepared for the states, since hes been there twice already, placing 4th both times. Blacks teammates performed well in the Sectional tournament too. Grappling sensation Abby Roth, at 103 pounds, secured 5th place after winning the D championship crown last week. She started out the weekend well, pinning Ron Radley of Maple Hill in the second period. But Saturday, Tamaracks Tom Fuller used his height and leveage to defeat her 8 to 4. In a consolation round, she barely lost in a match against Josh Peabody of Cambidge. In a follow-up match, she pinned Ron Radley again. For Logan Rock at 215, the digit 2 seems to be a magic number. He came in second in the Section II tournament for the second year in a row. And thats after placing second in the Class D tourney last weekend. Rock was defeated by Whitehalls Jedd Mason by a slim 4-2 margin, which is a vast improvement over last week, when Mason had a 12-2 win over Rock. This match followed Rocks 6-5 victory over Broadalbin-Perths Van Alstine. Thursday, it was announced LaRock will also be going to Rochester as a wild-card bid in the state championship tournament.

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