Ian DeSol has been one of the better wrestlers at Guilderland High School for the last five years, but he had never won a Section II title.
That changed Saturday night in Niskayuna, as DeSol picked up a 4-2 victory over Colonie's Josh Simmons for the 145-pound division championship at the Section II, Class A tournament. In the process, he picked up his 100th win.
DeSol, who had placed in the top six at Sectionals nearly every year since he joined the varsity team, said he was happy his moment finally arrived.
The main goal for this tournament is to qualify for next week (the state tournament qualifier), but this is a good morale boost for next week. This will be good to have in the back of my mind, he said.
"I'm really happy for Ian. He's worked really hard in the five years he's been with us," said Guilderland coach Regan Johnson.
DeSol overcame a slow, cautious pace dictated by Simmons. DeSol scored two takedowns " the first coming late in the second period near the edge of the mat. Simmons tried getting out of bounds, but DeSol kept his toes inside the circle to get the two points.
"That's stuff that coach John-son taught me " how to keep my toes in and get the takedown," said DeSol.
DeSol got another takedown in the third period to build a 4-1 lead. Simmons escaped to get within two points, but he never came close to earning a tying takedown.
"When guys want to hold your hand and slow you down, and they don't want to open up and wrestle you, it creates problems," said Johnson. "The Colonie kid was good, but he wasn't aggressive."
"I just had to push the tempo a bit and make him give me something," said DeSol.