With spring finally here it looks like wrestling tournaments are getting harder to find, especially locally. That hasn't stopped the Canastota Youth Wrestling Club from seeking competition no matter how far it is to drive. Recently members from the club traveled in opposite directions for the same reason, to extend the season as far as is possible.
Three of the older and more experienced Raider wrestlers went down to Johnson City for the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Association Tournament. This was a qualifier for the Northern Regional Championships to be held on April 10 and 11 down in Shamokin, Pa.
Two of the three entrants ended up not only qualifying, but came away with first place.
Wyatt Albanese was one of the boys. Albanese got a bye in the first round, then went to the semifinals where he gained a 9-3 decision. In the finals, Albanese was winning by a 6-3 score late in the match when he caught his opponent and pinned him for his championship.
Zack Zupan also captured a title. Zupan, like Albanese, got a first round bye. His next bout was a runaway as he won by a technical fall. In the finals Zupan faced the formidable Nick Lalone from Cato-Meridian. Zupan had beaten Lalone a couple weeks back. In that match he needed to go to overtime to accomplish the feat. This time around Zupan seemed to have Lalone's number as he won a not so close 10-3 decision.
Tyler Sirota was the third representative from Canastota. Sirota had his hands full with some tough competition. Sirota got to the third round before coming up short in his bid to qualify.
Traveling in the opposite direction were five more of the younger boys who headed for Lowville. Of the five, three were in contention for first place, but only one came home with the gold, that being Nicholas Rouse. Rouse had one of his better days this year and has been solid down the stretch run of the season. Rouse had three bouts altogether. His first two opponents succumbed to the pin and his last foe didn't fare much better losing a 10-0 decision.