WARRENSBURG - A handful of notorious Burgher wrestlers are now joined by a few newcomers to the spotlight, as the group continues their successful season campaign leading toward the sectional tournaments.
The entire Burgher team also fared well this week, defeating the talented Granville squad 51-26. Burgher wrestlers Logan Rock, Abby Roth, Donovan Santisteban, Colin Campbell and Logan Winter have enjoyed substantial success during the 2008-09 season, with the first three already making their mark in prior years' Section II or New York State tournaments.
This week, two others moved to the forefront - Jon Vaisey at 96 pounds and Cole Tennant at 145 - considering their performance in their latest matches, one against Granville and the other in the Big Ten Tournament held Saturday in Albany.
In a match against Granville Jan. 29, Vaisey pinned his opponent in 1 minute 54 seconds. Although Tennant simply received a forfeit against Granville, he wrestled tough in several matchups in the Big Ten Tournament, coach Mark Trapasso said. One of those matches included competing against a wrestler ranked No. 6 in the state. Tennant lost, but he wrestled 6 full minutes in the 2-7 decision, Trapasso said.
"Tennant wrestled extremely well," Trapasso said, noting that Tennant came in 5th with his 3-2 match tally in the Big Ten. "He's a 'laid-back' guy, but he showed a lot of intensity - I think he's now figured out that it's just more fun to wrestle tough."
Vaisey's a powerhouse for a lightweight, but his limited experience and lack of familiarity with wrestling moves and holds has until now held him back, Trapasso said.
But his hard work and determination to succeed have begun to pay off, the coach said.
"Jon could surprise a lot of people and get into the Section II finals," he said. "When Vaisey gets hot, he puts his opponents on their back."