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Svingalas claim Section II titles, forge path to states

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    Maple Hill’s Trent Svingala stands atop the podium after winning a Section II title over the weekend. Greenville’s Aiden Cullen placed second.
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    Maple Hill’s Caleb Svingala stands atop the podium after winning a Section II title over the weekend.
February 12, 2018 01:31 pm

GLENS FALLS — Maple Hill’s Caleb and Trent Svingala are heading to the New York state varsity wrestling tournament after winning Section II titles over the weekend.

This is the second Section II championship win for Caleb and the third for Trent, who is a defending state champion.

Three consecutive pins gave Caleb his title in the 99-pound division, beating Berlin/New Lebanon’s Even Yerdon in 38 seconds, Ichabod Crane’s Jair Gomez in 1:17 and Hudson Falls’ Chris Petteys in 3:30.

Gomez placed fifth overall.

Trent cruised to the 120-pound championship by pinning Duanesburg’s David Nicolella in 39 seconds and Tamarac’s Riley Retell in 55 seconds. In the final bout, he defeated Greenville’s Aiden Cullen 5-0.

Cullen took second to Svingala and has a good case to make it to the state tournament as an at large bid. In other years, the Greenville product would have a Section II title under his belt by now, but has had the misfortune of seeing a D-I talent in Svingala in his bracket.

Catskill’s Rich Forbes made a run at 152, beating Salem’s David McFarland 7-6 and No. 2 seed Cobleskill’s Laine Pleickhardt by injury default at 5:23 before falling to Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence at 2:41 in the final to place second.

Catskill’s Murray Vliet also took second overall at 182. Vliet downed Whitehall’s James Rozell 6-1 and Hadley Luzerne’s Mike Sutliff 7-5 before losing an ultra competitive match to Warrensburg’s Nolan McNeil, 1-0.

At 285, Coxsackie-Athens’ Marc Martinez claimed a second place finish after beating Ravena’s Chris Salvo with a 48-second pin and Hadley Luzerne’s Will Mitcham 3-1. In the final, Martinez lost to Hoosick Falls’ Craig Sawyer 5-2.

Fifth place finishers include Greenville’s Joe Mancini (160) and Coxsackie-Athens’ Devon Shader (195) and Dakota Anatriello (220).

Sixth place finishers include Greenville’s Nic Reese (132) and Catskill’s Nyen Williams (145) and George Hillenbrand (220).