In wrestling, a varsity dual meet is when your wrestlers in the fifteen weight classes wrestle head to head against one opposing school’s fifteen wrestlers. During the last weekend of 2019, the Averill Park High School Wrestling team participated in the two day Mountain Duals in Johnstown, where they competed in duals against ten top teams from around the State, including three schools ranked in the top twelve by New York Wrestling News.
Considering the level of competition faced and the toll of injuries that kept some of their usual starters out of the lineup, the team can hold their heads high that they were victorious in four of the duals. On an individual level, Sean Malenfant and Chad Rist both went a ridiculous 10-0 for the weekend, closely followed by Alex Cooper who went an impressive 9-1. Also leading the effort were Dominick Paradise (7 wins), Nick Tempel (6 wins) and Jacob White (6 wins).
The weekend also allowed the team to get a glimpse at its future. 9th graders Elias Goosmann, Morgan Hempel, Nick Price and Ben Riston, as well as 8th grader Drew Loucks, saw their first major varsity action and competed hard throughout. The entire experience was a positive one that will only help these young Warriors as they enter into the second month of the season and the New Year.
Be sure to come out and support the team at their next dual meet at home on January 8th at 6:00 PM!!!