After proving that it can be a good dual meet wrestling team, Colonie has a chance to establish itself as a good tournament team.
The Garnet Raiders host their annual Linda Stuart Memorial Tournament Saturday at Colonie Central High School. Thirteen teams are likely to compete including Bethlehem, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Scotia-Glenville, Monticello, Wallkill and defending champion Hudson Falls.
This Saturday will be a nice middle-of-the-line tournament to see how well we will do, said Colonie coach Matt Stein. "I think we can be a good tournament team. It'll be interesting to see how we do."
The Garnet Raiders are coming off a strong showing at last Saturday's Ballston Spa Duals, where they posted a 5-0 record including a 42-25 victory over a Ballston Spa squad that has been one of the top Suburban Council programs for the last four years.
"I was pretty pleased," said Stein. "We had a handful of guys who went undefeated and pretty much carried us through."
Stein said Colonie needed the confidence boost from the Ballston Spa Duals after losing to Guilderland by four points in its Suburban Council opener last Wednesday.
"I think the day gave the most confidence to the guys who have wrestled the least (at the varsity level)," said Stein. "It gave them confidence that they belonged at the varsity level and that they can compete."
The Linda Stuart Memorial Tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the finals scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Bison split matches
Shaker's wrestling team finished with a 2-2 record at last Saturday's Watervliet Duals.
The Blue Bison " operating as an independent team for the second year in a row " defeated Rensselaer 57-18 and Catskill 51-34, but they lost to tournament champion Salem 58-21 and Watervliet 46-33.
Shaker returns to action Saturday at the Duanesburg Duals.""