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Warrensburg youth wrestlers prevail in regional and national tourneys

Future promising for high school wrestling program

Members of the Warrensburg Youth Wrestling Club — and their coaches — celebrate their victory shortly after winning the championship of the Warrensburg Duals meet March 17, defeating far-larger schools. The young Burgher wrestlers have achieved an 8-0 duals meet record this year, and a half dozen of them are now competing in top-level tournaments across the northeastern U.S. The wrestling team includes (not in any order): Kalijah Duell, Cameron Carpenter, Zack Olden, Robert Smith, Tanner McKenna, Dylan Winchell, Kellen Duell, J.J. Giron, Zach Carpenter, Zach Shambo, Jason Lapelle, Landon Templeton, Hunter McKenna, Jackson Corveau, Sierra Simpson, Jesse Griffen, Giron Griffen, Tristen Hitchcock, Justin Hoffman and Kayden Allen. Coaches include Scott McKenna, Brian Winchell, Lenny Baker, Mark Trapasso, and Dan McNeill.
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Members of the Warrensburg Youth Wrestling Club — and their coaches — celebrate their victory shortly after winning the championship of the Warrensburg Duals meet March 17, defeating far-larger schools. The young Burgher wrestlers have achieved an 8-0 duals meet record this year, and a half dozen of them are now competing in top-level tournaments across the northeastern U.S. The wrestling team includes (not in any order): Kalijah Duell, Cameron Carpenter, Zack Olden, Robert Smith, Tanner McKenna, Dylan Winchell, Kellen Duell, J.J. Giron, Zach Carpenter, Zach Shambo, Jason Lapelle, Landon Templeton, Hunter McKenna, Jackson Corveau, Sierra Simpson, Jesse Griffen, Giron Griffen, Tristen Hitchcock, Justin Hoffman and Kayden Allen. Coaches include Scott McKenna, Brian Winchell, Lenny Baker, Mark Trapasso, and Dan McNeill. Courtesy photo

— The Warrensburg Youth Wrestling Club includes Kalijah Duell, Cameron Carpenter, Zack Olden, Robert Smith, Tanner McKenna, Dylan Winchell, Kellen Duell, J.J. Giron, Zach Carpenter, Zach Shambo, Jason Lapelle, Landon Templeton, Hunter McKenna, Jackson Corveau, Sierra Simpson, Jesse Griffen, Giron Griffen, Tristen Hitchcock, Justin Hoffman and Kayden Allen.

Coaching the Warrensburg Youth Wrestling Club — in addition to McKenna and Winchell — are Lenny Baker, Mark Trapasso, and Dan McNeill, a standout wrestler for Warrensburg High School in the 1990s, McKenna said.

“As a coaching staff we’re really excited about how our program is working out,” he said. “Our kids are dedicated to the sport and they are being exposed to the best wrestlers in the Northeast, but we have to continue to work hard developing skills — that’s what it’s going to take to develop a championship Varsity program.”

Coach Brian Winchell said that not only the youth wrestlers but their parents are due credit for the wrestlers’ remarkable accomplishments — as they are driving them all over the Capital Region an average of two times per week for practices and meets. The adults are also taking them across the state and the northeastern U.S.. Many of them have been conducting this routine for up to six years.

“The wrestlers’ success is a matter of dedication of both the kids and their parents,” Winchell said. “Considering their experience and accomplishments, the future is bright for the Warrensburg.

McKenna offered a similar thought.

Our kids are wrestling and winning in national-level competitions,” McKenna said. “This is a good indication of what’s in the future — I believe that several years from now, we’ll have a Varsity team that’s almost impossible to beat.”

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