Thursday, 09 February 2023 11:37

10 Saratoga Wrestlers Advance to Section 2 Division 1 Championships

Photo provided by Kim Delgado. Photo provided by Kim Delgado.

GUILDERLAND — The Saratoga Springs varsity wrestling team put forth a dominant effort at the Section 2 Division 1 Class 1 Individual Championships, with five Blue Streaks placing first in their weight classes, and ten advancing to the Section 2 Division 1 Championship meet.

Taylor Beaury, Gordon Murray, Gianni Delgado, Lorenzo Paleschi, and Patrick McKinley all earned first-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Chase Matter, Vito Spadafora, and Kyle Edwards placed third in their weight classes, while Danny Dacey earned a fourth-place finish for the Blue Streaks. 

Hayden Passaretti also placed fifth for the Blue Streaks at 132 pounds. All ten wrestlers will advance to this weekend’s Section 2 Division 1 Championships at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

At 126 pounds, Beaury pinned Colonie’s Jacob Podeswa in the quarterfinals, defeating Arcangelo Losee of Shenendehowa by a 4-0 decision in the semifinals. Beaury beat Shen’s Brandon Deuel by an 8-0 major decision in the championship match.

Murray won at 152 pounds by pinning Niskayuna’s Jake Relation in the quarterfinals, earning a 16-4 major decision over Shaker’s Nick Arier in the semifinals. In the championship, Murray pinned Shen’s Nick DiMonda at 1:42.

At 160 pounds, Gianni Delgado earned three straight pins to open the bracket, defeating Elijah Roe (Colonie), Evan Relation (Niskayuna), and Hamidullaha Faqeer (Albany). Delgado earned a 13-5 major decision over Shaker’s Donovan Deguire in the championship match.

In the 189-pound bracket, Paleschi pinned Niskayuna’s Nathan Wuttke in the quarterfinals and pinned Schenectady’s Anthony Paradine in the semifinals before a 12-4 major decision victory over Quincy Bonville of Bethlehem in the championship match.

McKinley, in the 215-pound bracket, pinned Shaker’s Nicholas Whyte in the quarterfinals before earning an 11-2 major decision over Guilderland’s Antonio Cipollo in the semifinals. McKinley won the championship match with a 12-7 decision over Colonie’s Jaydon Aquirre-Hamlin.

Saratoga had the most individual winners of any team in Class A, and had the second-highest team score (210.5 points).

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