"It's a tough tournament, but as I told the kids, in order to be the man you have to beat the man," added Scotia-Glenville coach Matt Prendergast.
Stein also decided not to invite any of his fellow Suburban Council schools to the tournament.
"I didn't want to because we already wrestle them," he said. "Granted, I could have brought in a Suburban Council team because we have 12 teams in the field and you only wrestle 10 but honestly, the field filled up so fast that I couldn't invite any of them."
The competition proved to be very tough without the additional Suburban Council schools. R-C-S and Scotia-Glenville both struggled against the out-of-region competiton, while Colonie had a strong weekend.
But the coaches said the purpose of wrestling in the tournament wasn't how many matches they won.
"It's a learning experience for these guys," said Mormile. "A lot of these kids haven't seen this kind of level yet."
"I'm hoping that we just grow [from this tournament] " to just become better technically and learn more how to wrestle situationally," said Stein.""