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Canastota wrestlers head west

Initially it was four wrestlers from Canastota that had signed up for the biggest one day events in the nation. That event called the Tournament Of Champions was held in Columbus, Ohio. Non-varsity wrestlers needed to qualify during the season in order to attend while varsity wrestlers were automatic if they chose to take the challenge. Registration had taken place a few weeks back and with that each wrestler needed to put down the weight at which he wanted to compete.

When the group of four got to Columbus for weigh-ins three made it and one didn't, so now it was down to Zack Zupan, Wyatt Albanese and Tyler Sirota to represent Canastota. Placing in this tournament is an achievement in itself with more than 2,400 wrestlers from at least 40 states competing on 26 mats. So large was this tournament that it was broken up into three different sessions that went from early in the morning till around midnight.

Competing in the afternoon session was Wyatt Albanese. Albanese was in the school boy division (born in 1995-1996) at 148 pounds. He had 20 wrestlers in his group to start. In the first round he lost 8-5 to eventual fourth place finisher Spencer Neff from Darnestown, Md. In wrestlebacks Albanese took on Andy Bennett of Franklin, Tenn. and won by a technical fall. He then pulled out another victory, this time a close 2-0 decision over Ozzy Rozen of Warren, Ind.

Albanese then made it three in a row by beating Dylan Legette of Goose Creek, S.C. by a score of 9-0. With that win he was assured of placing in the top eight. He had another close encounter where he came up on the short end of a 4-3 decision against Peyton Geary from Orefield, Pa. Consequently Albanese finished in a tie for seventh place since there was no match for sevent and eighth place and earned All American honors.

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