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WCS wrestling team holds awards banquet

WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburg High School Wrestling program bestowed several awards at its annual banquet, which was held Sunday, March 20 at Ridin' Hy Ranch in conjunction with a day filled with recreational activities for the athletes on the team.

About 90 people attended the banquet, which was preceded by a day full of skiing, sledding, swimming, horseback riding, snow-tubing, and snowmobiling, WCS Wrestling Coach Mark Trapasso said.

At the banquet, it was announced that Warrensburg High School Junior Lucas Nelson, who won a Class D Section II championship, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.

"Luke is our team captain, and he's a great athlete," Trapasso said. "Hopefully, he will lead our team next year."

The 2011 Sportsmanship Award for Wrestling went to Desmond Allen, who the coaches said had displayed great attitude all year while boosting his skills.

The Most Improved award was given to Jon Vaisey, a lightweight who concentrated on boosting his strength and skills this year, and won a Class D championship, Trapasso said.

A special Coaches Award went to Nick Nedelcu, who Trapasso said "outworks everybody on the team."

On the Modified level, the Sportsmanship award went to Blake Vaisey, and Most Improved was awarded to Rogers McLaughlin.

Trapasso expressed appreciation for the Beadnell family for hosting the fun day and annual banquet. He noted that Andy and Susan Beadnell, and their children Todd, Tim and Troy - who were all standout local wrestlers have all been very supportive of the team and deserve a large measure of thanks, along with their spouses.

Youth Wrestling tournament deemed a success

The annual Warrensburg Youth Wrestling Tournament was held Saturday, March 19, and it drew about 140 wrestlers from a wide region, according to Trapasso and his assistant, Scott McKenna. The wrestlers, ages 4 through 13, hailed from as far away as Whitehall, Broadalbin and Cobleskill, McKenna said.

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