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Wrestling: Short match packs high energy

Burt pins Tangora in first period to win 220-pound final

— The best championship bout at Saturday's Section II Division I Class I wrestling tournament at Shaker High School was also one of the shortest of the evening.

Colonie's Wayne Burt pinned Bethlehem's Chris Tangora 1:37 into the 220-pound final to become one of four Garnet Raiders to win Class I titles.

"I was happy with (Burt's) performance," said Colonie coach Jeremy Eggleston. "Tangora is a tough competitor, and he was undefeated coming in so you knew he was going to be tough."

"(Tangora) went after him," said Bethlehem coach Chris Braga. "He just made a little mistake on the bottom, that's all."

Burt used whatever Tangora threw at him to his advantage. Burt scored an early takedown when Tangora lunged at his legs, and then he stepped through Tangora's escape attempt to get the Bethlehem senior on his back for the pin.

"He just tried to step up, and I just stepped over him," said Burt, who raised his season's record to 35-5 and his career record against Tangora to 3-0.

"I got caught in a bad position, and he used it to his advantage," said Tangora, who lost for the first time in 33 bouts this season. "He's a big, strong kid."

Burt entered the tournament as the top seed, while Tangora was seeded second. Both wrestlers said they expect to meet again at next weekend's Sectional championships in Glens Falls, probably with the title on the line again.

"That's the kid I'm most looking forward to meeting at Sectionals, and he seems to be the one I'll have the most trouble with -- if I even have trouble," said Burt.

Burt joined Golan Cohen (113 pounds), Isaiah Cooks (182) and Austin Dicerbo (285) as Class I champions from Colonie. Cohen shut out Saratoga's Richard Schrade 9-0, while Cooks edged Schenectady's Colin Derboghossian 6-4. Dicerbo pinned Saratoga's Matt Holton midway through the second period of their championship bout.

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