Andy Lyman wins state title on final try

Lyman's teammate, A.J. Rue, also had a shot at a state title. The senior made it to the 135-pound division finals before running into Holley's Quinton Murphy, and the two-time state champion made quick work of Rue by earning a third-period technical fall.

"Once he took me down [in the first period], it was pretty much all downhill from there," said Rue.

"We thought A.J. would have something for [Murphy] with his wrestling style, but he had an answer for everything he did," said Mormile.

Rue " who moved to R-C-S from Saratoga Springs last fall " was dominant in his first two state tournament matches, pinning both of his opponents in the second period. He then edged Chittenango's Wesley Blanding 7-6 in the semifinals to reach the championship bout.

"I can't tell you how proud of him I am," said Mormile. "To get him from not getting past a Sectional semifinal before to the state finals in one year is an incredible achievement."

"I knew I had it in me," said Rue. "I looked at [states] as just another tournament. My coach told me that each match is a two-person tournament, and if you win each period you win the match."

Rue and Lyman were two of Section II's five finalists in Division II. Duanesburg's Nick Gwiazdowski won his second state title at 215 pounds, while Hudson Falls' Luke Albrecht defeated Holley's Kacee Sauer 2-1 for the 285-pound division title.

R-C-S finished ninth in the individual team standings with 44 points, a half-point behind eighth-place Hudson Falls. Section V's Palmyra-Macedon led the way with 70.5 points. Section II was fifth in the intersectional standings with 174 points. Section V took top honors with 266.5 points.""

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