RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — After a season of training, preparing and overall hard work, 12 RCS varsity wrestlers headed to the Section II championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Feb. 10.
More than 50 schools sent teams to the massive competition.
Twelve RCS athletes represented their school in the tournament. They were Austin Delisle, Brandon Mogul, Kaden Gransbury, Bobby Pelletier, Ernie Greene, Eric Mattick, Juan Estrada, Marlon Laing, Nick Vroman, Nate Eacho, Demetrius Todman and Christian Salvio.
The top scorer on the day for RCS was Juan Estrada, who took first place in the 138-pound weight class, scoring 23 team points.
Estrada won by decision over Austin Wood of Coxsackie-Athens in the quarterfinal, and then again won by major decision over Xavier Jones of Schuylerville in the semifinal match. Estrada would complete his perfect record on the day by beating Zack Davis of Warrensburg/Bolton by decision in the first place match.
Estrada will be the only RCS wrestler moving on to the state competition.
Wrestler Austin Delisle took second place in the 106-pound class by defeating John Freebern of Corinth by decision in the quarterfinal, and Peyton White of Watervliet-Heatly, also by decision, in the semifinal. Delisle was defeated in the first place match by major decision. With his second place showing, Delisle racked up 18 points for his team on the day.
RCS wrestler Brandon Mogul took third place in the 113-pound weight class. Mogul won by technical fall over Marquise Johnson of Fonda in the quarterfinal match, but was defeated by Connor Lyons of Watervliet-Heatly by decision in the semifinal. Mogul won the consolation semifinal over Brandon Grupe, and went on to take third place in the category by beating Gabe Fisher of Hoosick Falls.
Athlete Marlon Laing placed third in the 145-pound class, scoring 16.50 team points for RCS. After winning by technical fall over Shane Oldorff of Cobleskill-Richmondville in the first round, Laing was defeated in the quarterfinal match by a Catskill athlete, but went on to win two consolation rounds and the consolation semifinal, and eventually went on to win in an ultimate tie breaker over Owen Lyons of Watervliet-Heatly to take third place.
Also taking third was RCS’s Christian Salvio, competing in the 285-pound weight class. Salvio scored a total of 19 team points, winning his first round against a Galway athlete by fall in 0:48, but would lose the quarterfinal match to Marc Martinez of Coxsackie-Athens. However, Salvio would win all of his subsequent matches in two consolation rounds and the consolation semifinal. He would win the third place match by beating Will Mitcham of Hadley Luzerne-Lake George in a 3-2 decision.
As a team, the RCS Indians came in 10th place in the tournament in a field of 52 teams, scoring a total of 93 points. The top scoring teams on the day were Warrensburg/Bolton with 186.5, Columbia with 149 and Ballston Spa with 145.