Wrestling: Shen storms to Class A title

Nine Plainsmen win Sectional titles

— Shen stars Nick Kelley and David Almaviva had little trouble in their championship bouts. Kelley eased past Columbia's Brendan Morgan 10-3 for the 132-pound title, while Almaviva scored a third period technical fall against Bethlehem's Sean Romanski.

"Both Sean (Romanski) and Matt (Morris) had great years and beat quality people," said Bethlehem coach Chris Braga. "They deserved to be here in the finals today."

Levi Ashley, Tony Fusco and Will Mars also won their respective finals for Shen. Ashley (182 pounds) dominated Saratoga's Nick Gibbons 13-4, while Fusco (195) scored all of his points in the second and third periods on his way to an 8-2 victory over Guilderland's Jimmy McLaughlin.

"He (McLaughlin) was a good kid and a good wrestler. He just didn't do too much out there," said Fusco. "But, I have to learn how to deal with that and overcome it."

Mars used a two-point reversal early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead on his way to a 4-1 victory over Guilderland's Michael McGill in the 220-pound final.

"He wasn't even in the (varsity) lineup a week ago, so for him to come from almost not being in the lineup to winning the tournament was great," Weeks said of Mars.

Shen heavyweight Cole Lampman received a forfeit to win the 285-pound title and cap the Plainsmen's dominating performance.

Those who placed at Saturday's Class I tournament advance to next weekend's Section II Championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center, where they will have a shot at qualifying for the state Division I (large school) tournament at Albany's Times Union Center.

"We just want to get as many people there (as possible) ... into the state tournament," said Fusco.

Final team standings: Shen 314, Columbia 227.5, Colonie 174.5, Guilderland 130.5, Saratoga 120, Ballston Spa 101.5, Bethlehem 76.5, Shaker 61.5, Albany 44, Niskayuna 42, Schenectady 25

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