Still, Chaires knows the road to the state tournament " which takes place in Albany this season " will not be an easy one, especially with Shenendehowa's Hunter Meys in the mix for the Sectional 160-pound division title.
"I just want to get back there," said Chaires, who won the 152-pound championship at last year's state tournament on Long Island. "It's a great (opportunity) to have my last match here in Albany."
Golding, Smith win individual titles
Colonie had a strong performance at the Linda Stuart tournament. The Garnet Raiders placed fifth with 122 points, 12.5 points behind fourth-place Warwick.
Eliah Golding and Ed Smith each won individual titles, while Josh Simmons placed second at 140 pounds to lead Colonie. Golding defeated Columbia's Eric Wallace for the 135-pound division title, and Smith pinned Hudson Falls' Ryan Woodward for the 215-pound division championship. Simmons lost to Walkill's Keith Perry in his championship bout.
"Josh Simmons was the seventh seed, and he made finals," said Colonie coach Matt Stein. "So to say he wrestled exceptionally well would be an understatement."
Loudonville Christian and Shaker were also in the tournament field. Loudonville Christian finished with 35.5 points behind Brian Walsh's second-place performance in the 103-pound division, while Shaker finished with seven points.
Hudson Falls took the team title with 209 points. Amsterdam placed second with 200 points, and Columbia took third place with 154.5 points.""