Burghers host popular Class D Sectionals

"The crowd loved it," he said.

"It was a fabulous feeling," Santisteban said Sunday. "It was like my last match in the Warrensburg gym - I wasn't about to lose my last match in front of my home crowd."

Aidan Szabo and Beecher Baker also wrestled close, competitive matches.

Baker was tied with his opponent, the talented Al Aubin of Whitehall, when Baker made a single misstep of riding him a little high and Aubin caught his head, pulled him over the top and pinned him in 2:21. Aubin was the 2009 Class D runnerup, seeded second this year.

Szabo, only a seventh grader, also was close to winning, Trapasso said.

"Aidan came off the mat and said 'I could have beat that kid,' - and that's what you want to hear as a coach," Trapasso said. "Aidan was under a lot of pressure as a seventh grader, underneath the lights, with a big cheering crowd on a Saturday night -- he was a little nervous."

Trapasso said the event gave Aidan valuable experience.

"Next time the tournament comes around, he'll win it."

Also putting in a good performance was Tony Auricchio, who weighs 266, yet he's won his share of the matches this year in the 285-pound heavyweight class.

Auricchio and Zach Baer had not been seeded, but beat those who had. Auricchio won third place Saturday by pinning Bill Engelhardt of Cambridge, seeded second at heavyweight, with a time of 4:00.

Trapasso said Auricchio, a Junior, showed considerable potential.

"He's a gamer, he's going to win a lot of matches for us in the future," Trapasso said.

The top four placers in each weight class advanced to the Section II Division II state qualifier at the Glens Falls Civic Center this Friday and Saturday.

Trapasso said before the tournament that he hoped that Warrensburg would present a smooth-running tournament and extend a warm welcome to a large group of spectators.

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