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Shen wrestlers dominate class A field

"I wanted it bad this year," said Romeo, who claimed his first Sectional title. "It's my senior year " my last shot."

After Columbia's Zach Crain pinned Shen's Nick Altimari for the 135-pound title, David Staulters defeated Colonie's J.J. Anderson 6-3 for the 140-pound championship. Eliah Golding returned the favor for the Garnet Raiders by beating Cameron Staulters in the 145-pound finals, but Eric Simmons (152) and Alex Steciuk (160) won their title bouts to help the Scotties secure second place in the team standings.

The focus soon shifted back to Shen, though. First, Austin Meys earned a majority decision over Saratoga's Adam Winnie for the 171-pound title. Then, Hunter Meys bounced back from an early takedown by Niskayuna's Jake Newcomb to score a two-point reversal and then a pin for the 189-pound championship.

But what pleased Weeks the most was when Dan Peyron upended Colonie's A.J. Monin 3-2 for the 215-pound title. Peyron surrendered a 1-point lead in the third period with a stalling call and letting Monin up before taking Monin down to regain the advantage.

"I just tried really hard," said Peyron, who was seeded fourth but wound up beating top-seeded Van Huyben of Ballston Spa and Monin, the No. 2 seed. "I knew I really wanted to win this."

"Dan Peyron is a guy who's been consistently in my program since the beginning," said Weeks. "He's sacrificed for the team, and now for him to reap the benefits like that, it makes me feel good as a coach."

Guilderland's Devan Van Auken ended the night with a victory over Schenectady's Andrew Jones for the 285-pound title, which ended a perfect 3-for-3 performance by the Dutchmen " the second year in a row they accomplished that feat.

"The guys in the finals wrestled the epitome of what we look for " superior positioning, clean technique, intensity and out-conditioning guys," said Rogotzke.

The top six finishers in each of the 15 weight classes advance to this weekend's state qualifier at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The winners there earn automatic berths to the state tournament March 7 and 8 in Rochester.

Sports Editor Rob Jonas contributed to this story.""

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