Andy Lyman did exactly what he needed to do to win his first state wrestling title.
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior scored an escape midway through the third period and held on for a 2-1 victory over Bainbridge-Guildford/Afton's Danny Gormley to take the Division II (small school) 125-pound championship at last weekend's state tournament at the Times Union Center.
It's like everything that I've been working towards my whole life has paid off, said Lyman.
Gormley " the No. 1 seed " took a 1-0 lead early in the second period with an escape, but he was penalized one point for his second stall in the third period while he was riding Lyman.
"I felt like he wasn't being aggressive. I felt like he was just trying to hang on at that point and ride me out," said Lyman.
"The kid rode him parallel," said R-C-S coach Henry Mormile. "If Andy did the same thing, he would have deserved a [stalling] penalty."
The penalty point gave Lyman the momentum shift he needed. Less than 15 seconds later, Lyman escaped from Gormley's grasp to take the lead, and the two of them spent the last 56 seconds of the match trying in vain to get a takedown.
When the final whistle sounded, Lyman shook hands with Gormley and his coaches before running and leaping into Mormile's arms for a big hug.
"This is a storybook ending for me," said Lyman.
Nothing came easy for Lyman in the tournament. All of his bouts were decided by one or two points including his 6-5 semifinal victory over Windsor's Colton Perry.
"I really had to step it up," said Lyman. "At this tournament, a win is a win as long as it means I move on."
"It was a stacked weight class," said Mormile. "There were seven or eight kids who placed at states before. I think he had a tougher draw than [Gormley]."