Burghers fall short as they host wrestling tourney

WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburg High School wrestling team hosted a busy, successful annual Burgher duals meet Saturday, as over 400 wrestlers were matched up with four opponents each for a day full of action.

The outcome, however, fell short of expectations for the Burghers as they tallied a 1-3 team record for the day, Coach Mark Trapasso said.

"The outcome was downright ugly," he said, noting his squad should have beaten one of their opponents, Albany Academy, as several Burgher wrestlers were up by wide margins of 7-0 or 11-2 and then were suddenly pinned for a loss. Other matches were nearly even, and could have been in the winning column with a little more effort, he added.

Hudson Falls won the tournament by a solid margin. They set the tone in the first matchup by crushing the Burghers by a score of 72-3. Beecher Baker recorded the Burgers' only points against Hudson Falls, by decisioning his opponent.

For the day, four Warrensburg wrestlers scored 2-2 in their matches: Jon Vaisey at 103 pounds, Nick Nedelcu at 119, Lucas Nelson at 160, and Tony Auricchio at 285.

Warrensburg 44, Morrisville-Eaton 36

The high point of the day for local sports fans came when Warrensburg edged out Morrisville-Eaton by a score of 44-36. At 103 pounds, Orin Broulette (M-E) pinned Jon Vaisey in 1:55 after a back-and-forth match in which Vaisey, who's been posting a winning season,had been up 7-5.

At 112, Aidan Szabo chalked up some revenge as he pinned Pat Aschraft in 2:33. Szabo, an eighth grader, has been in and out of the Varsity lineup for 2010-11, but Saturday he was really tough. At 119 pounds, Barney Prince (M-E) decisioned Burgher Nick Nedelcu by 20-8 in an athletic free-for-all, in which Nedelcu refused to give up. Nedelcu was awarded the Burghers' MVP award for his performance.

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