ALBANY: Graham, Meys sweep 171-pound titles

No one owned the mat like Hunter Meys.

The Shenendehowa junior needed less than seven minutes to pin all four of his opponents on his way to winning the division 1 171-pound title at last weekend's New York State High School Wrestling Championships at Albany's TU Center.

He's pinned everybody since Eastern States, said Shen coach Rob Weeks. "He's ferocious."

Meys not only left with his first state title in three tries, but he also earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors in division 1 (large schools).

"This is a great honor," said Meys, who placed third at 112 pounds in 2004 and fifth at 130 pounds in 2005. "My goal coming in was to win (the state title). I didn't expect this to happen."

It's a safe bet Meys' competitors didn't expect to be pinned so quickly. Canandaigua Academy's Ryan Macomber fell in 1:16 in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, MacArthur's Dan Mahoney was on his back in 3:09. Niskayuna's Jake Newcomb actually had Meys on his back for a split second during their semifinal match before Meys reversed him and pinned the junior in 1:07.

Then came Saturday's championship bout with last year's runner-up, Niagara Wheatfield's Jake Koshinski. It took Meys 49 seconds to take down Koshinski and another 34 seconds to get the senior's shoulders on the mat, mainly because Koshinski battled every moment.

"It was tough for a while before that (takedown)," said Meys. "He's got good technique, and that usually eliminates moves that other wrestlers like to make."

Meys' four pins raises his career total to 174 " the second highest number of career falls in state high school wrestling history. More importantly, it gives him what his grandfather, his father and his brother Austin already have " a state title.

"It's a great feeling," said Meys. "I've been working at this for a few years now, and it's nice to have it finally pay off."

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