Many of Baldwinsville's finest athletes returned home from the 31st edition of the Empire Stage Games with medals in tow.
Thousands of competitors from six geographic regions (Central, Western, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island) spread through Binghamton and the Southern Tier in search of medals. Here is how B'ville's best fared.
In Saturday's scholastic Greco-Roman tournament at SUNY-Binghamton's West Gym, Anthony Finocchiaro earned a gold medal at 115 pounds.
Undefeated in preliminary matches, Finocchiaro squared off with Tim McCann (New York City) in the championship match and dominated, beating McCann without surrendering a point in 5-0 and 7-0 periods.
Nearly matching Finocchiaro's effort, Sean Henngian reached the Greco-Roman 192-pound scholastic final, only to run into Central teammate Alex Meyers (Morrisville-Eaton) and lose in a 2-2, 6-0 decision. Still, Hennigan earned the silver medal. Hennigan's teammate, Andrew Giromini, finished sixth at Greco-Roman 178 pounds.
Mike Wolfson, new to the Empire State Games, got three medals on Saturday at Whitney Point's Dorchester Park.
This included a gold medal in the 500-meter quads, where Wolfson, Tim Davis, Andrew Smith and John Gilbert helped Central win with a time of 1:51.11, just ahead of Long Island (1:11.53) at the line. Wolfson and Gilbert teamed for a silver in the 200-meter doubles (46.99 seconds), and Davis joined Wolfson for a bronze medal in the 500-meter doubles in 2:11.63.
With Kevin Corp, Sean Hohm and Adam Struppler all present to help out, Central's open men's team earned a silver medal at Broome County Arena, earning 251.10 points, not far from Western, who won with 255.80 points. Individually, Hohm was eighth in the parallel bars and floor exercise.
B'ville standouts Erin Carrino, Lauren McVey and Laura Galvin all were present as Central earned a 5-4 record and nearly reached the championship match before settling for a bronze medal in a solid ESG effort at SUNY-Cortland. Lauren Hartman and her Central open squad finished fourth, while Rob Hennessey and Pete Cuppernull watched the Central scholastic men go winless.