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Canastota: Raiders shine at inaugural tourney

After several months of planning the Canastota Youth Wrestling Club finally got a chance to host its own tournament.

The last few years have seen a steady growth of the club and with tremendous support from the parents the idea of taking that last giant step came to fruition. As a follow up to the Dick New Memorial Tournament, which the varsity team hosted, there were three days of wrestling at the Canastota High School. The varsity held their event on Friday and Saturday and then on Sunday the youth club got their chance. The last time a youth tournament was held locally was back in the mid-80s.

The first Titletown Tournament was a complete success. More than 300 entrants from across the state and as far away as Connecticut made the trip. The largest turnout in Canastota team history accounted for 47 of those participants. Some people may have thought that it was going to be a serving of fresh meat by the hosts with so many new faces involved. It was anything but that with quite a few of those wrestlers giving an account of their skills. Led by a quartet of champions nearly half of those 47 individuals kept many of the teams trophies at home.

The most outstanding exhibition on this day was turned in by the veteran, Jesse Puchales. Puchales had four matches all ending via the pin with none lasting longer than 30 seconds. Modified teammates Kyle Phillips and Wyatt Albanese kicked in for two more championships. Phillips had two pins and two major decisions on his way to a title, while Albanese won the three matches he was involved in. On the other end of the spectrum as far as age was Nicholas Rouse. Rouse captured a title based on two early pins among his four victories.

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