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Burgher wrestlers advance, set sights on Sectionals

Rock's been running sprints after practice, and his three sparring partners - Cole Mosher, Kendall Converse and Colin Campbell - have been getting in shape themselves and pushing him hard in practice, Trapasso said.

In the Salem meet at 215 pounds, he circled the muscular Tom Waters, tying him up at times, distracting him, then shot some lightning-fast takedowns, putting his strength to the test. Rock ended the match with a technical fall in 5:44 over Waters.

At 125 pounds, Logan Winter pulled out some of his trademark Houdini moves to beat his opponent, Frankie Aronson.

Tied up and in trouble at times, the flexible Winter writhed out of holds or countered them to his advantage, scoring escapes and reversals in tight spots instead of succumbing to his Aronson's powerful moves and holds.

"Winter is one of our wrestlers who snuck up on everybody this season, including us," Trapasso said.

Colin Campbell, wrestling at 285-pound-limit heavyweight class despite his 235 pounds, has also been honing his skills as the season approaches a conclusion.

Deceptively strong and keenly aware of how to get his opponents off balance, Campbell used his leverage Jan. 22 to throw his larger opponent to the mat, pinning Joe DeMarco of Salem in 3:28.

Warrensburg lost 8 matchups to Salem in the middle weights, where the team is exceptionally strong. Salem won the meet 39 to 30.

Tuesday, Warrensburg was scheduled to wrestle Queensbury at home, followed by Granville away Thursday.

Saturday, Burgher wrestlers are competing in the Big Ten Tournament at Albany High School, which includes 17 teams from as far away as Long Island. Whitehall High is among the local teams competing.

Thursday Feb. 3, Warrensburg competes with South Glens Falls on their home turf, then at 2 p.m. on Sat. Feb. 7 will be competing in a matchup that makes history.

That day, Warrensburg will go up against rival Lake George High School for the first time since 1982, when the Warriors disbanded their wrestling program, Trapasso said.

The Warriors are already publicizing the event, building up anticipation for the showdown.

This year, the Warriors combined forces with Hadley-Luzerne High School to field a full wrestling team, naming their squad the War Eagles.

The following weekend, the road to the state competitions begins with the Class D Section II tournament Feb. 14 at Whitehall, where nearly entire squad of Burgher wrestlers is expected to do well.

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