WARRENSBURG - Local high school wrestlers performed well in the Class D Section II tournament held for the second time in recent history at Warrensburg Central School, and school officials said the tournament was a success due to an extensive staff of local dedicated volunteers.
Burgher standout Donovan Santisteban won the 119-pound weight class and his teammates Aidan Szabo and Beecher Baker placed second in Saturday's Class D Section II Wrestling Tournament, leading Warrensburg High School to a fourth-place finish Saturday among 12 teams at the day-long competition.
Santisteban, Szabo and Baker were aided by teammates Jon Vaisey, Zack Baer and Lucas Nelson who each placed fourth - and by Tony Auricchio, who pleased local fans by winning a consolation round heavyweight match to take third.
All these seven Burgher wrestlers are headed to the Section II tournament Saturday.
Warrensburg hosted the event, at which the Duanesburg Central team scored the most wins with 247 points, followed by Whitehall and Salem. Duanesburg captured titles in seven weight classes in the lower middleweight and heavyweight classes. Whitehall won the 103, 112, 160, 171 classes.
The crowd cheered Santisteban in his finals matchup against Duanesburg's Curt Rowley, who was top-seeded in the tournament.
Tied with Rowley with 30 seconds on the clock and unsure whether he could continue his dominance on the mat, Santisteban took a risk and allowed an escape, putting him one point behind.
The clock ticking down, Santisteban shot for several takedowns, and the two ended out of the ring several times.
Santisteban steered the action back into the center of the mat, and he charged in for a sudden snapdown with only 13 seconds left in the match, giving him the winning 4-3 margin for first place.
The local spectators erupted in cheers, Burgher Coach Mark Trapasso said Sunday.