Austin Weigel’s first and only trip to the Mid-Hudson tournament was a success.
Weigel, an Onteora senior 160-pounder, scored three straight pins Friday, finishing Arlington’s Mike Peterson in 4:32 in the final. He recorded his 100th win with a 1:26 pin of Roy C. Ketcham’s LoganMongelli in the quarterfinal.
Weigel is one of Section 9′s top Division II (small school) wrestlers. And, Weigel has worked hard to get there. He travels 90 minutes two to three times a week to Journeyman Wrestling in the Albany area to work out.
Now, 21-0 on the season, Weigel (102-18 career record) is looking forward to his next challenge. He will make his debut at the Eastern States Classic on Jan. 11 at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake. Weigel, a defending section champion, was wrestling at 160 pounds for the first time in a tournament at the Mid-Hudson.
“I want to do as well as I can,” said Weigel, who has talked to Division I schools Bloomsburg (Pa.) and Clarion (Pa.). “There are a lot of tough guys in the state there. I definitely want to place and try to get to that championship match. I feel strong at 160.
“I’ve wrestled some good guys but I haven’t wrestled anyone great yet. Once I get to the top level, I’ll see how I do.”
Section 9 advanced 15 wrestlers to the finals. Four – Weigel, Pine Bush junior Chris Cuccolo (99 pounds, see video below), Pine Bush junior John Stramiello (113) and Newburgh Free Academy junior Kyle McGuire (170, see video below) – were crowned champions.
Newburgh Free Academy sophomore Damani Burns led Arlington’s Nick Tolli 9-7 in the second period. Tolli took a 13-9 lead on a takedown with 1:07 left in the match and won 19-10. There were a few back-and-forth exchanges, which could have gone either way. At one point, it looked like Tolli pinned himself, attempting a move.
Kingston senior Deon Edmond missed remaining undefeated by a half-second. Edmond was finishing a match-winning takedown against Yorktown’s Steve Sabella in a 195-pound semifinal when time ran out. Sabella held on for a 3-2 win. Edmond finished third, defeating James Bethel of Saugerties 13-4.
Kingston’s Dylan Anderson, a double entry into the tournament, found himself in the 182-pound final after defeating teammate Elliot Marzano 7-2 in a semifinal. Coach Matt Urciuoli said Anderson and Marzano have been close in wrestleoffs.
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Here are some videos of action involving Section 9 wrestlers: