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Wrestling: Shen storms to Class A title

Nine Plainsmen win Sectional titles

— Shenendehowa continued its dominance on the wrestling mat at Saturday's Section II Class I Championships at Colonie Central High School.

Nine Plainsmen won their weight classes to help Shen breeze past the competition. The Plainsmen finished with 314 points, nearly 87 points ahead of runner-up Columbia.

"Everybody wrestled well," said Shen coach Rob Weeks. "We placed 14 out of 15 (wrestlers)."

Almost all of the 15 weight classes were won by either Shen or Columbia wrestlers. Colonie's Josh Fuchs was the lone exception, as he posted a 10-5 victory over Shen's Ali Hashimee in the 160-pound final.

"He wrestled well," Colonie coach Matt Stein said of Fuchs. "He turned it on in the third period."

Fuchs said he was inspired by watching his teammates, Phil Bazacki (145) and Eli Cooks (152), lose in close finals against Columbia stars Evan Wallace and Angelo Kress. Wallace pulled out a 5-1 victory over Bazacki, while Kress needed double overtime to edge Cooks 4-2.

"They faced two very hard kids, but I know they both tried very hard," said Fuchs.

"Phil (Bazacki) wrestled much better than he did in the dual meet (against Columbia), when he was pinned in the first period (by Wallace)," said Stein. "And Cooks ... it was anybody's match. He just came out on the short end."

Shen began the championship round with three straight victories. Kevin Parker edged Guilderland's Josh LoGuidice 5-3 for the 99-pound division title, while Corey Ali shut out Saratoga's Dominc Inzana 7-0 in the 106-pound final. Jesse Porter completed the run by pulling out a 6-4 victory over Bethlehem's Matt Morris for the 113-pound division title.

Columbia's Greene brothers -- Kyle and Matt -- turned in victories in the next two weight classes. Kyle Greene (120 pounds) rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Shen's Zach Joseph 7-2, and Matt Greene (126) needed 1:34 to pin Saratoga's Hunter Rumpf.

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