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Wrestling coach Chris Stalker makes his GRB debut tonight

by Dan Farfaglia

Western New York native Chris Stalker is making his G. Ray Bodley debut tonight as the new head coach for the team.

He is the first new varsity coach in a quarter century for the Red Raiders and the seventh in its history.

Tonight’s match is one of the most anticipated dual meets of the season as Coach Gene Mills brings his Phoenix Firebirds,  last year’s Division 2 state champions, to town in an attempt to end a very long winning streak at home.

No Central New York High School Wrestling team has beaten Fulton in their own gym since former Coach Mike Conners, now an administrator in Oswego, made his first appearance at the helm of the Red Raider program back in December of 1987.

A lot happened in a very short period of time for the new coach. He was living out of state for most of the last decade before returning.

“My daughter was born July 26, I interviewed for the job Aug. 1, got married Aug. 14, and moved back to New York Aug. 22,” said Stalker.

Stalker is originally from Medina. He started wrestling in elementary school and stayed with it until he graduated high school. He was a four-year varsity starter, a two-time league champion and finished with 99 career wins.

He attended college at SUNY Cortland, majoring in physical education. He played football there for five years and was a three-year starter at fullback and senior co-captain.

Stalker said he knew that he wanted to exclusively coach wrestling as soon as the opportunity became available.

Right out of college, he landed a job teaching physical education and coaching wrestling in the Baltimore, Md. school system.

During his time there, he was Baltimore’s District 9 Coach of the Year in 2005 and the recipient of the Maryland Wrestling Officials sportsmanship award in 2009.

His teams also won four Baltimore District team titles, coached 16 individual city champions, two regional champs, and one Maryland state champion.

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Mat-ter Of Fact: December 12, 2012

by Dan Farfaglia

The 2012-3013 Fulton Wrestling season is now under way.

A major change took place with the varsity team over the last year with the resignation of long time coach Mike Conners.

Western New York native Chris Stalker was hired as his replacement over the summer and has quickly immersed himself with the strong program, its long successful history and its important role within this community. More about Coach Stalker in the next edition of this column.

Doesn’t seem like it, but in the first week of action of the regular season, the Red Raiders have completed three events.  They are also in a re-building phase and adjusting to new leadership.

Seniors Derek Owen (220 pounds) and Mike Demauro (152 pounds) have been selected as the team captains for this year.

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Saturday, Dec. 1, the team took part in the annual Anderson Memorial Tournament held at Cicero North Syracuse High School. Fulton finished a very respectable second place, acquiring 175 team points. South Jefferson, coached by Pat Conners — brother of the former Fulton Coach — came in first with 205 points and Canastota came in third with 165 points. Twenty-two teams participated in this tournament.

Coming in second place for Fulton were Kirby Labeef (103 pounds), Mitchell Woodworth (113 pounds), and Thomas Hill (120 pounds).  Joe Abelgore (99 pounds) and Brennan Roberge (285 pounds) came in third and Derek Owen finish the day in fourth.

Austin Whitney (126 pounds) and Brandon Hill (132 pounds) came in fifth place. Coming in seventh place were Mike DeMauro, Travis Race (160 pounds), Sam Rios (170 pounds) and Matt Marshall (195 pounds). Tim Holden (138 pounds) finished the day in 8th place.

Tuesday Dec. 4, the Red Raiders traveled to Palmyra-Macedon for the first dual meet of the year.  Pal–Mac, as it is called, was Division Two state champions a few years back and as expected, it was a tight one with Fulton defeating them by a score of 41-29. Bringing in six team points (pins) were Mitchell Woodworth, Austin Whitney, Sam Rios, Todd Oakes, and Brennan Roberge.

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Chris Stalker named new Fulton wrestling coach

by Rob Tetro

Chris Stalker is the new head coach of the Fulton varsity wrestling team.

Stalker, a graduate of Medina High School, has Western New York roots. He was a successful head coach in Baltimore over the last eight years. He won the 2005 High School Wrestling National Championship as well as numerous city championships.

Stalker considers former Fulton wrestling coach Mike Conners to be one of the most successful coaches in New York State wrestling history. Conners won six state championships.

A coach like Mike Conners cannot be replaced, Stalker said. Though he plans on bringing new enthusiasm and concepts to Fulton Wrestling, Stalker said he is determined to continue the expectation of toughness, hard work and success that has long been associated with the program.

While having a great deal of respect for Fulton Wrestling’s past, Stalker recognized the importance of leading a program that is capable of winning state titles on a consistent basis.

Stalker credited his staff for their assistance while he’s made the transition into the coaching position. Asssistant coaches, volunteers, parents and members of the community have offered Stalker support.

Stalker also credited the Fulton community for how it has embraced Fulton wrestling.

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