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WCS places third in Class 3 Sectional wrestling tourney

Warrensburg High School athlete Lane Oehler (at top) won the championship title at 132 pounds in the Division II Class 3 Sectional wrestling tournament held Saturday Feb. 2 in Warrensburg. His win and the strong showing of Warrensburg’s 12 other wrestlers in the competition propelled Warrensburg to capture third among 13 schools  in the tourney.

Warrensburg High School athlete Lane Oehler (at top) won the championship title at 132 pounds in the Division II Class 3 Sectional wrestling tournament held Saturday Feb. 2 in Warrensburg. His win and the strong showing of Warrensburg’s 12 other wrestlers in the competition propelled Warrensburg to capture third among 13 schools in the tourney.

— Blake Vaisey, another sophomore, wrestled his way to the finals in the 285-pound class, but lost his concluding match to Ahil Dawoodani of Albany Academy. Vaisey ended up placing second.

Vaisey pinned two competitors, one from Rensselaer and another from Berne-Knox in the process of getting to the finals.

“This is a good showing for Blake,” Trapasso continued.

Blake and Oehler go forward into the Section II championships this weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The top four placing in each weight class at the Class 3 tournament earn a berth.

Four other Warrensburg wrestlers secured an appearance at the Civic Center: Dan Monthony, a 7th grader who placed fourth at 99 pounds; freshman Aidan LaPoint who placed fourth at 106 pounds; Nick Nedelcu a junior who placed third at 120 pounds, and Will Yarmowich, a junior who placed fourth at 138 pounds.

Trapasso said he was pleased with Warrensburg's showing at the tournament.

“We entered 13 kids, and every single wrestler scored points,” he said, noting the WCS athletes wrestled three to five matches each in the tournament.

Four other WCS wrestlers fared well in Saturday’s action. Winning three matches to place fifth were Jon Russell, a senior at 160 pounds and Rogers McLaughlin, a sophomore at 170 pounds. Also securing fifth place were sophomore Austin West at 113 pounds and 8th grader Damian Prosser at 195 pounds. Trapasso noted he was particularly pleased with Prosser’s accomplishment.

“195 pounds is a tough weight class for an eighth grader,” he said.

Volunteers at tourney praised

The athletes weren’t the only local people putting in a lot of effort Saturday Feb. 2.

Dozens of volunteers from the community worked at the Class 3 tournament from shortly after dawn through the day and well into the night, Trapasso said.

WCS teachers Chris Angell and Marc Abbatisti served as announcers.

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