By Dan Farfaglia
Happy New Year high school wrestling fans.
As we begin 2014, the Fulton Red Raiders have already gotten themselves off to a fantastic start.
Second year head Coach Chris Stalker’s team has won all individually scheduled dual meets.
A few weeks ago, they took first place at the Anderson Tournament held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and they were also crowned Montgomery County Duals Champions a short time later.
In between those events, this team was the runner ups at Demeco-Trainor duals at Churchville-Chili High School near Rochester.
The Red Raiders are 13-1 overall.
At the annual Ken Haines Holiday Tournament which took place at SUNY Oswego last week, Fulton finished the two-day event with a very respectable third place out of 24 participating schools.
Coming in first place was Fairport and Newark Valley finished the day in second. The race for the top team awards was extremely close with only 8 points separating the top three schools.
Mexico came in fourth and Phoenix finished in seventh.
Mexico`s Austin Whitney won his title at 132 pounds and was also awarded the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
For Fulton, the big story at the end of this annual event is the success of returning Section 3 Champion Mitch Woodworth. He won his bout in the finals by a score of 8-0.
Woodworth beat three other opponents with 2 pins and a technical fall. At 120 pounds, he was the lone champion for his team and so far this year, he is undefeated with a perfect record of 22-0.
Other place winners for Fulton include Joey Albegore who came in second at 99 pounds. Tim Holden and Collin Flynn both came in fourth place at 138 pounds and 145 pounds respectively.
Jacob Bailey earned sixth place at 152 pounds. Travis Race came in third at 160 pounds and Matt Marshall came in fifth at 220 pounds.
Noah Gates finished the day in eighth place at 182 pounds and Malachi Manford came in seventh at 285 pounds.
The next event on the schedule for the Red Raiders is the Richard New Tournament in Canastota which began Friday and ends today.