ALBANY: Graham, Meys sweep 171-pound titles

Chaires controlled the action against Bourne, but had a hard time recording a takedown in regulation. Every time Chaires took a shot, Bourne either slipped out of Chaires' grip or dragged him out of bounds.

"He's a defensive wrestler, and I knew that from the beginning," said Chaires. "I just stuck to my game plan."

Escapes by Chaires and Bourne sent the bout into overtime, where Chaires finally tripped up Bourne and got him on his back for the takedown and two back points.

"I got in about four or five shots (during regulation), so I knew I could get in on him. I just had to finish," said Chaires.

The victory made Chaires only the eighth Section II wrestler to win at least two state titles. That list also includes Voorheesville's Jeff Clark (1983-84), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Jason Morris (1984-85), Salem's Carl Fronhofer (1997-98), LaSalle's Matt Herrington (2001-02) and Duanesburg's Jim Almy (2005-06). BH-BL's Joe Cardi (1981-83) and Salem's Frank Fronhofer (1987-89) won three state titles.

"I'm just happy to win two," said Chaires. "To win two is a great accomplishment for me, and I'm glad I did it here in Albany."

The state titles won by Meys, Graham and Chaires highlighted a successful weekend for Section II wrestlers. The division 1 team placed third to state powers Section V (Rochester) and Section XI (Suffolk County), and eight wrestlers placed second through sixth. The division 2 team placed fifth, and six wrestlers finished anywhere from third to sixth place including R-C-S's Donnie Mc-Bride, who placed fifth in the 275-pound division.""

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