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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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Warrior wrestling looks to improve

by Rob Tetro

Hannibal varsity wrestling coach Mike Kitts has an interesting task on his hands this season. The Warriors will feature a team that has many younger wrestlers with an abundance of potential.

With this in mind, Kitts expects to see many first-year varsity wrestlers in the lineup. However, he also has a handful of experienced wrestlers returning this season as well.

Kitts suggested that the key to his teams success this winter will depend on his younger wrestlers and the amount of potential that they can realize this season.

While having such a unique dichotomy of the experience level of his wrestlers, Kitts keeps his team’s goals for the season simple but straight to the point. For his experienced wrestlers to be where they want to be at the end of the season, they must work hard and show improvement on a consistent basis.

Hard work and consistent development will also be crucial for Kitts’ younger wrestlers as well.

When practices began in early November, the Warriors took part in two weeks of activity that primarily aimed to help them develop the conditioning that they will need for competition. Kitts expects his team to become more and more physically prepared for competition as the season goes on.

Juniors Greg Hadcock and Dustun Quallette have been selected to serve as team captains this season.

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