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Burgher wrestlers defeat rival War Eagles

Warrensburg’s Nick Nedelcu presses Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George’s Jason Hoffman to the mat in a battle between two quite talented wrestlers during a meet between the Burghers and War Eagles Dec. 14.

Warrensburg’s Nick Nedelcu presses Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George’s Jason Hoffman to the mat in a battle between two quite talented wrestlers during a meet between the Burghers and War Eagles Dec. 14. Kim Ladd/Lifescapes Photography

— The talent of new Varsity wrestlers of both Warrensburg and Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George demonstrated their potential as the Burghers continued their unexpected winning streak Dec. 14 by defeating the War Eagles.

Although the score was a tilted 46 to 21, the matches were generally close, and the competition was well matched, observers said.

Opening the meet, Warrensburg Sophomore Trevor Baker pinned Lake George Freshman Patrick Barber, who took on competition well above his weight class. Baker was behind in the match, but he caught Barber in a hold and pinned him in 2:25.

Next up was Zane Bemis of the War Eagles at 220 pounds, throwing Freshman Blake Vaisey on his back and pinning him in 1 minute 8 seconds.

At 285, Lake George Sophomore Adam Agresta pinned Burgher Sophomore Dakota Kimball in 46 seconds. Both teams took a forfeit at 99 pounds and 106 pounds.

At 113, the muscular, athletic Freshman Austin West stepped up one weight class and decisioned Joey Gilbert of Hadley-Luzerne 8-2, Burgher coach Mark Trapasso said.

“Austin is a physical, strong kid with a great future,” Trapasso said.

At 120 pounds, it was a head-to-head battle of two athletic and smart wrestlers who both have already had long, successful careers.

Veteran War-Eagle Dan Jardine decisioned Burgher Beecher Baker 13-6. The loss didn’t dampen Baker’s drive, however, as just days later he took home the championship of the 16-team Granville tournament.

At 126 pounds, Nick Nedelcu came from behind in his own battle to pin Jason Hoffman with 48 seconds remaining on the clock. Hoffman had been dominating in the match, but Nedelcu caught him in a cradle to overturn the match, Trapasso said

“Nick is a future superstar,” he said.

At 132, Burgher Freshman Lane Oehler also was facing defeat, but fought back in an action-packed match to defeat War Eagle Wolfgang Cellantano in a 16-10 decision, Trapasso said.

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