Burgher Sophomore Blake Vaisey manhandles a competitor in a match last year. This season, Vaisey got off to a great start, in a meet against Granville. Vaisey wrestled in a weight class 45 pounds above his weight class, yet threw his larger opponent to the mat, pinning him in only 12 seconds.
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The Burgher wrestling team racked up early season success this week by winning its first meet and having several of its wrestlers win titles in an regional 8-team tournament.
The squad, featuring a lot of new talent this year, ended up only six points out of second place Saturday Dec. 1 in the Saranac Tournament.
Winning first place in the tourney was Junior Nick Nedelcu at 126 pounds who won all four of his matches and out-wrestled a competitor 14-8 in the finals to take the title home, coach Mark Trapasso said.
“Nick is in great shape — and he never quits,” Trapasso said.
Also taking first place was Senior John Russell, a rookie wrestler who won all five of his matches, despite 2012 being his first year in the sport.
Trapasso said Russell, joining the wrestling squad from the Warrensburg football team, has proven his athletic ability by winning all his matches so far this year.
“Russell came out of nowhere,” Trapasso said. “He’s a huge surprise for us.”
Trapasso added he has high hopes for Russell during the remainder of the season.
“After winning his first match last week against Granville, Russell came off mat with a load of confidence,” Trapasso said. “He’s a physical, athletic kid.”
Placing second at the Saranac tournament were sophomores Austin West at 113 pounds and Lane Oehler at 138 pounds. Placing third was Junior Dan Ackley at 195 pounds and 8th grade rookie Damian Prosser at 220 pounds.
Burghers win 2012-13 opener
Warrensburg’s rookie wrestlers joined the Burgher veterans in tallying seven pins to defeat Granville for a 50-24 non-league victory Thursday Nov. 29.
Pinning their opponents were seventh grader Dan Monthony at 96 pounds in 1:52, Junior Nick Nedelcu at 126 pounds in 1:26; Junior Denver Berry at 132 pounds in 1:01, Senior Jerico Converse at 152 pounds in 1:30, Senior John Russell at 160 pounds 5:52, and Junior Dan Ackley at 195 pounds with the fastest pin, a mere 17 seconds.