While most other winter sports have concluded, the Canastota Youth Wrestling Club just keeps chugging along. This time the team had to go out just east of Albany to the Columbia High School.
Over the course of one weekend, two different wrestling clubs held tournaments at the same site on consecutive days and the Raiders were there for the duration, which meant making accommodations for staying over night.
Of the seven wrestlers who attended both events it was a little hard to figure out who had the best effort overall. One the first day Canastota produced three champions.
Brett Huggler stood out on this day winning all his matches by pin. Joseph Brown was neck and neck with Huggler. On his way to a title Brown won either by the pin or the technical fall.
Douglas Simmons was the other champion for the team. Simmons had one decision, a 9-1 drubbing and added two more pins for his title, which was in his own age group. Feeling his oats, Simmons also ventured to the next age group up where in spite of the physicality he still managed to take second place.
Taking second place was Nicholas Rouse. Rouse had a pin and a shutout leading up to his showdown for a title, but unfortunately came up on the short end of that bid.
Cory Evans hung tough through two one point losses, then bounced back to conclude his day with a pin to take third place.
Jessica Evans went the same route as her brother Cory, losing her first two bouts. Jessica seemed to improve from one match to the next though and by the end got herself a pin to take third place.
Coby Stevens was the last of the Raiders to take a trophy, based on his fourth place finish.