Wrestling: Colonie, Shaker impress at first invitationals

Garnet Raiders win Ballston Spa Duals title; Shaker places third at Columbia Duals

"We have nine quality starters back (overall), and we have some kids up from the JV team who are working hard and improving every day," said Eggleston.

Colonie's chances of winning the Suburban Council South Division title took a hit with Thursday's league loss to Columbia, but Eggleston said he's hopeful his team will finish in the top three to earn crossovers against the North Division's elite programs -- Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Saratoga Springs.

"We want to go up against the top teams and see what we're made of," said Eggleston. "The nice thing about this league is that each program is strong. It's nice to wrestle in a conference where every night is a tough match."

Meanwhile, Gibson said he's looking for continued improvement out of his Shaker wrestlers.

"I brought nine kids to Queensbury (for the Section II championships) last year, and that's the most I've brought since I've been here," said Gibson. "I'm hoping to place more kids there this year and bring a couple more to states."

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