By Dan Farfaglia
Fulton wrestlers Mitch Woodworth (120 pounds) and Travis Race (160 pounds) earned the right to represent Section 3 at the Division One New York State Public High School Tournament being held at the Times Union Center in Albany this year.
They are other wrestlers from throughout the area competed Feb. 15 at the Section 3 Division I and II Championships at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.
In his championship match, Woodworth won by a score of 12-2 over previously undefeated Dandre Norman of Rome Free Academy. On his way to the finals, he won by a 10-2 decision over Peter Nash of Liverpool and pinned Dylan Wallace from Central Square.
This is the second sectional title for Woodworth, who has more than 100 wins in his career. He is only a junior and therefore may break some school records by the time he finishes his senior season next year.
In addition to finishing the tournament in first place, Woodworth also received the Division One Tournament`s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.
Race has been an upper weight varsity standout for two seasons, and he’s only a freshman.
In the finals, he defeated Jerrett Norton of Cicero-North Syracuse 12-8. Earlier in the day he pinned New Hartford`s Tom Zegarelli and defeated Tom Peterson, also of C-NS, 4-3.
Other wrestlers for Fulton who place in the tournament were Joe Abelgore (106 pounds), fourth place, and Collin Flynn (145 pounds), fourth place.
Coming in fifth were Kevin Tucker (113 pounds), Tim Holden (138 pounds), James Bailey (170 pounds), Matt Marshall (220 pounds) and Malachi Manford (285 pounds). Kyle Ware (145 pounds) finished the season in sixth.
Baldwinsville won the Division One Tournament for the second year in a row with 155 points. Liverpool, coached by former Fulton wrestler David Wise, earned second place with 137 points. Fulton came in third with an overall score of 134 points.
In other Division One news, Oswego`s Eric Doviak (285 pounds) and Central Square`s Blake Engebretsen (145 pounds) came in second place at the tournament. Elijah Sampo (220 pounds), also from Central Square, earned third-place honors and his teammates Max Emond (152 pounds) and Phoenix Webb (160 pounds) came in fourth.
Austin Coleman (132 pounds) from Oswego also finished fourth. Ending their seasons in fifth were Jacob Garrow (106 pounds) from Central Square, along with Jordan Attwood (152 pounds) and Austin Piazza (195 pounds) from Oswego.
In Division Two, South Jefferson came in first with 132.5 points and Mexico came in second with 123.5 points. Phoenix finished in sixth with 74 points.
Mexico is sending four wrestlers to the State Tournament in Albany. Winning championship titles were Theo Powers (106 pounds), Austin Whitney (132 pounds), Trevor Allard (160 pounds), and Jacob Woolson (170 pounds). William Hilliard (182 pounds) of Phoenix ended the day in second place.
The New York State Wrestling Tournament will be Feb. 28 and March 1.