By Dan Farfaglia
Last weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany, top high school wrestlers from around New York state assembled to determine who were the best in each weight class for the 2013-2014 season.
Six wrestlers from Oswego County representing Section 3 competed in the two state tournaments.
Fulton`s Mitch Woodworth and Travis Race participated in Division One and Mexico`s Theo Powers, Jake Woolson, Austin Whitney and Trevor Allard took part in Division Two.
Wearing the uniform of their high schools in the medal rounds, four of them placed in this prestigious event, thereby earning a spot at the winners` podium.
The biggest story that came out of the State Capitol is Mexico`s Trevor Allard. He became the first State Champion from his high school in its history.
At 160 pounds, he shocked all of his competitors in his weight class by defeating the number one ranked wrestler, Alex Smythe of Section 6, in the second round of wrestling, in triple overtime. He also won in overtime again, this time over Section 2`s Conner Lawrence in the finals to secure the state wrestling crown.
An enthusiastic Trevor had this to say: “Winning the state tournament exceeded all of my expectations this season. Going into the tournament, all I expected of myself was to wrestle hard and leave it all out on the mat, and if I did, that it’s all I could do … I had been to the tournament so many times before as a spectator, and I knew that even as an 8th seed, anything was possible!”
Earlier in the tournament, Allard defeated Dan Khomitch from Section 5 by a score of 10-4 and also won over Section 4`s Nik Hanson 4-3 in the semi-finals.
Trevor’s teammates, Theo Powers finished in 3rd at 106 pounds and Jake Woolson placed 4th at 170 pounds.
Mexico Wrestling Coach Bill Kays has just completed one of the most successful seasons in his career as a coach.
“All four of our guys wrestled very well and it was nice to see 3 out of 4 on the podium … I felt great for Trevor because he has worked very hard for many years and to be there when he accomplished his dream was a very gratifying feeling” said Kays.
Kays is the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Section 3 Division 2`s “Coach of the Year” Award.
In Division One, wrestling at 120 pounds, Mitch Woodworth became the third Fulton wrestler in the last decade to earn a medal at this event. He took home 5th place honors.
He got to this point in the tournament by defeating Isaiah Colgan of Section 4 by a 4-3 score in the first round. He lost to the eventual tournament runner up in round two, but then won by a score of 1-0 in double overtime over Section 6`s Donny McCoy, thereby guaranteeing himself a medal.
He lost in his next match to the eventual winner of the 3rd place prize, Benjamin Lamantia from the Catholic Schools Section. He concluded his junior year by pinning Dominic Inzana of Section 2 in the first period.
Of all of the competitors at this tournament this year who hailed from Oswego County, none of them were seniors.
Mexico`s Theo Powers is a sophomore and Fulton’s Travis Race is only a freshman. All the others are juniors. So it`s quite possible that some of these wrestlers may be returning to the NYS tournament again next year.
After having the success he just had, Trevor Allard is wasting no time getting ready for the 2014-2015 season, he concluded: “My plans for next year are to work even harder than I did this year … I hope to be back on top of the NYS podium with a few of my teammates.”