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Meeting Was The Penultimate Match In Coach Weaver’s Career

By Sean McGee
Special to HVSR

WICCOPEE – The 42-33 win by the Roy C. Ketcham High School wrestling team against John Jay on Thursday night started with three straight forfeits in the higher weight divisions.

The John Jay gym was quiet. That is, until two 113-pound wrestlers stepped on the mat.

Guy Colabatistta of John Jay and Dylan Glickman of Ketcham had a back and forth match coming down to the final seconds, where Glickman would hold on to end the third period with a 10-9, securing three points for Ketcham and a 27-6 lead.

The Patriots would not give up, yet the Indians held a steady lead the rest of the way partly due to the most entertaining match of the night in the 132-pound division.

John Jay’s Jalen McKinny was up 5-1 in the third period against Ketcham’s Jayden Montero. Montero was determined not to give up and with less than 10 seconds left tied the match at 5-5 to go into overtime. In OT, he got the takedown for the win and the Ketcham bench erupted in joy.

“There was no quit in him; he believed he could come back and win the match, so he kept wrestling,” said Ketcham head coach Chris Perry. “He was aggressive and relentless and that victory in overtime fired up our team.”

The loss took away any momentum John Jay was building even with Tyler Albis still yet to perform. Albis had a convincing match win, looking dominant in the short time he was on the mat. He won the 170-pound match in less than a minute in the first period where he pinned Zac Bowen in 57 seconds.

Albis was impressive and decisive in his victory, so much so that head coach Jamie Weaver believes he can be a state champion. “Hopefully we get our 170-pounder up to the finals,” said Weaver.

The John Jay coach could only imagine retiring after 20 years of coaching with one of his wrestlers winning a state championship.

“You couldn’t ask for a better way to go out if that happens,” he said. “I have full confidence that could happen and what better way than to leave something you love so much on a note like that.”

Weaver will coach his last league dual meet against a strong-sided Arlington squad Tuesday. With his time coming to an incredible end after 20 years, he reflected on what wrestling has done for him.

“The coaching part has really done a lot over the last 20 years for me personally, to be around such great young men for 20 years is just a blessing,” said Weaver. “It’s just been a blessing.”


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