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Eight area wrestlers claim Section II titles; Forbes breaks record

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Greenville wrestling coach Pat Cullen (center) is flanked by his sons Kieran (left) and Aiden, who won Section II Class C championships in their respective weight classes on Saturday at Corinth High School.

February 3, 2019 04:00 pm Updated: February 4, 2019 02:24 pm

CORINTH -- Catskill's Richard Forbes won a second straight Section II title on Saturday and set a new school record for career victories during the Section II Class C wrestling championships at Corinth High School.

Forbes was one of eight local wrestlers that brought home a sectional title on Saturday. Also earning championships were Jair Gomez of Ichabod Crane in Class CC; Kieran Cullen and Aiden Cullen of Greenville and Devon Shader and Marc Martinez of Coxsackie-Athens in Class C and Caleb Svingala and Trent Svingala in Class D.

The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the state qualifer this Saturday at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Class C

Forbes posted four wins on Saturday to push his career victories total to 138, smashing the old school record of 136 wins set by Tyler Pavlin between 2006-11.

He opened with a first-round pin of Fallon Wells of Canajoharie/Fort Plain in :19, pinned Michael Geno of Cairo-Durham in :35 in the quarterfinals, pinned Colby Hoolihan of Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne in 101 in the semifinals, then needed just :52 to pin Andrew Yerdon of Tamarac to claim his second straight Section II title, his first in the 170-pound class after winning at 152 pounds last year.

Coxsackie-Athens' Shader earned a championship in the 195-pound class by decisioning Cameron Duers of Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, 9-7. He advanced to the finals by pinning Aidan Flaum of Taconic Hills in :42 in the quarterfinals and pinning Brandon Quenneville of Greenville in 1:05.

Shader's teammate, Seth Dillworth, will also be going to the state qualifier after pinning Jack Mays of Tamarac in 4:12 in the 195-pound third place match.

Martinez edged Will Mitcham of Whitehall, 3-2, in winning the 285-pound weight class. The C-A senior pinned Cameron Barger of Corinth in 2:48 in the quarterfinals, then pinned Taconic Hills' Eddie Smith in :35 in the semifinals.

Catskill's Ian Sutherland will be going to the state qualifer in the 285-pound division after pinning Isaiah Kanar of Corinth in 1:29 in the third place match.

C-A's Dakota Anatriello will be competing in the state qualifier after finishing second in the 220-pound class. He pinned Neil Galvin of Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne in :37 in the quarterfinals,  decisioned Carlos Maldonado of Watervliet, 4-2, in the semis, then dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to Watervliet's Sterling Spoon in the finals.

Two other C-A wrestlers advanced to the finals of their respective classes before losing and will move on to the state qualifier. Noah Bartels was pinned by Watervliet's Patrick Moore in 2:39 in the 132-pound final, while Logan Campbell lost a tough 6-3 decision to John Freebern of Corinth in the 113-pound class.

Bartels advanced to the final by way of pins over Joe Girolani of Tamarac (:36) in the quarterfinals and Brandon Lamby of Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (:18) in the semis.

Campbell punched his ticket to the finals by pinning Taconic Hills' Samantha Kirk (:28) in the quarterfinals, then pinning Christian Crandall of Tamarac (2:48) in the semis.

It was a banner day in the Cullen household as Kieran and Aiden both won sectional titles for Greenville. Kieran claimed the 99-pound class by pinning Torin Bishop of Tamarac in 3:28 in the finals. He had a bye in the quarterfinals, then pinned Dan Smith of Catskill in :28 in the semis.

Aiden won the 126-pound class with a technical fall victory (17-0) over Jared Bentz of Canajoharie/Fort Plain in 4:46. He started the day with a pin of Alexandria Whaley of Cairo-Durham in :27, and followed that up with a pin of Quinton Fox of Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne in 1:15.

Also advancing to the state qualifier are Vincent Davis (Greenville), who finished third in the 120-pound weight class; Tommy Notabartolo (C-A), who was fourth at 120; Jordan Gooch (Cairo-Durham), who took third in the 132-pound class; Daniel Forbes (Catskill), who took fourth in the 138-pound class; Colin Riley (C-A), who placed fourth in the 152-pound class and Jacob Warren (C-A), who was fourth at 160 pounds.

Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne took the team title with 235 points. Watervliet was second with 212, followed by Coxsackie-Athens 201, Tamarac 199, Corinth 151, Catskill 112, Canajoharie/Fort Plain 105, Greenville 97, Taconic Hills 46, Cairo-Durham 42, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 20.

Class CC

Ichabod Crane freshman Jair Gomez won his first Section II title, defeating Luke Yorke of Cobleskill-Richmondville by technical fall (20-6) in the finals. He pinned Dillon Kilmartin of Hudson Falls in :31 in the quarters, then decisioned Cameron Hinchcliff of Cohoes, 10-3, in the semis.

Teammate Omar Martinez-Gomez advanced to the finals of the 106-pound division before falling to Chris Petteys of Hudson Falls, 12-5. Martinez-Gomez pinned Calvin Conti of Scotia in 1:55 in the quarterfinals, before decisioning Zakria Ahmadzai of Cohoes, 6-1, in the semifinal round.

Five other ICC grapplers advanced to the state qualifier. Jared Kwarta finished third at 132, Jerald Rhoades was fourth at 138, Eva Nelson claimed third place at 160, Tommy Looper took fourth at 182 and Colby Fisher finished third at 195.

Ravena won the team championship in Class CC with a total of 240 points. Ichabod Crane finished fourth out of the 11-team field with 142 points.

Class D

Two-time defending state champion Trent Svingala won his fourth straight Section II title with a major decision (20-6) over Matt LaPorte of Hoosick Falls in the finals. He earned a trip to the finals by pinning David Nicollela of Duanesburg in :17 in the quarterfinals, then posting a technical fall victory (16-0) over Carlos Medrano-Garcia of Granville.

Caleb Svingala claimed his third straight Section II championship by pinning Charlie Dill of Salem-Cambridge in 2:58 in the finals. Svingala had a bye in the quarterfinals, then pinned Adam Henderson of Galway in :45 in the semis.

Also advancing to the state qualifier from Maple Hill were Thomas Merhige, who took third place in the 99-pound class, and James Miller, who finished third at 182 pounds.

Warrensburg won the team title in Class D with 255 points. Maple Hill was seventh with 127.