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  • WRESTLING: Herringshaw wins state title

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  • ALBANY, N.Y. — Alex Herringshaw started wrestling when he was in kindergarten in Little Falls, and began dreaming of being a state champion almost immediately.
    “From the first time I first set foot on the mat,” he said.
    Saturday, at The Times Union Center in Albany, that dream came true.
    The Holland Patent sophomore won the Division II 145-pound title with a third-period pin of top seed Andrew Shomers from Section VI Lewiston-Porter at the NYSPHSAA championship meet.
    “It’s unreal,” Herringshaw said. “I really, really, really like it. It’s a great feeling. Winning a state title is huge. You can’t do any better than that.”
    Herringshaw, 50-2 this season and already Holland Patent’s career wins leader, won both his matches Friday — an 8-1 decision over Steven Culbert of Section II Galway and a 4-3 win over Jamiel Stapleton of Section X Malone — followed with a 4-0 win over Nate Martin of Section VI Newfane to reach the final. He then pinned Shomers 56 seconds into the third period to claim his crown
    The trip to states was Herringshaw’s third. He won Section III’s 99-pound title and placed sixth in the state as an eighth-grader when his older brother, Matt, also competed in Albany. He was a 132-pound wild card last year.
    Herringshaw’s state championship is the first won by a Holland Patent wrestler. Holland Patent’s other Albany entry, freshman Hunter Richard, placed third at 126 pounds.
    Central Valley Academy senior Laken Cook, a five-time Section III champion, joined Herringshaw in the finals and finished second at 138 pounds with his 7-1 loss to Tristan Rifanburg from Section IV Norwich in the finals. Rifanburg also beat Cook in the title bout at the Leo J. Sammon Tournament in Ilion in January and was the only opponent to beat him this season. Cook advanced to the final with an 8-2 decision against Dakota Gardner, the No. 1 seed from Section VI Fredonia, in the semifinals.
    Tanner Cook, Laken’s brother, placed fourth at 106 pounds as a freshman and classmate C.J. Walz won his first-round match at 99 pounds before getting beat in the quarterfinals and again in his first wrestleback.
    Dolgeville Blue Devil Triston Engle, a junior at Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, made the most of his wild card entry and finished third at 170 pounds. A 10-9 winner over Dakota White from North Rose-Wolcott in Section V in the first round, Engle was beaten 5-4 by Mexico’s Jacob Woolson in a quarterfinal rematch of Section III’s Division II final.
    Engle then pinned Willie Messinger from Section I Putnam Valley in 29 seconds in his first wrestleback and started Saturday’s competition with a second-period pin of Joe Turono from W.T. Clarke of Section VIII. He then pinned semifinalist Geno Brancati from Section II Hudson Falls three seconds into the second period and earned another shot at Woolson whom he defeated 6-4 in the third-place bout.
    Page 2 of 2 - Adirondack sophomores Derek Spann and Ryan O’Rourke, finished second and fifth, respectively, at 113 pounds.

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