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Wrestling: Fusco caps career with state title

Senior dominates 195-pound weight class in Albany

Shenendehowa’s Tony Fusco kicks out for an escape during his 195-pound championship bout against Johnson City’s Reggie Williams at last Saturday’s state tournament at the Times Union Center.

Shenendehowa’s Tony Fusco kicks out for an escape during his 195-pound championship bout against Johnson City’s Reggie Williams at last Saturday’s state tournament at the Times Union Center. Justin Cummings

Shenendehowa’s Tony Fusco ended his wrestling career with the one thing he had yet to win — a state title.

Fusco defeated Johnson City’s Reggie Williams 11-3 in the 195-pound finals to take home the Plainsmen’s lone individual title from last Saturday’s New York State High School Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center.

Fusco — the top seed in his weight class — easily handled the competition during the two-day tournament. He won his first two bouts by pin and majority decision before scoring a techni-cal fall against Islip’s Zac Conner in the semifinals.

Fusco’s victory highlighted another strong showing by Shen at the state tournament. The Plainsmen placed four wrestlers on the podium on their way to claiming their fourth Division I team title in the last six years.

Nick Kelley (132 pounds), Dave Almaviva (138) and Cole Lampman (285) all placed third at the state tournament for Shen.

Almaviva had the longest road of the three Shen wrestlers who fini-shed third. After suffering a 4-1 loss to Fox Lane’s Tom Grippi in last Friday’s opening round, Almaviva won six consecutive con-solation bracket bouts to end the tournament on a positive note.

Kelley and Lampman each reached the semi-finals before losing. Kelley suffered an 8-7 loss to St. Anthony’s Jamel Hudson in the 132-pound semifinal before wrestling back to third place with a second period pin against Hauppauge’s Nick Mauriello, while Lampman fell to fellow Section II wrestler El Shaddai Gilmore (Columbia) 4-2 in the 285-pound semifinals. Lampman defeated Saugerties’ Ethan Stanley 3-1 in the consolation final.

Kevin Parker (99 pounds), Corey Ali (106), Jesse Porter (113) and Zach Joseph (120) also represented Shen at the state wrestling tournament. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Joey Butler (132) and Saratoga’s Dominic Inzanna (106) rounded out the southern Saratoga County contingent.

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