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LOURDES WRESTLERS BRING HOME THREE SECTION 1 TITLES

Warriors Shine At Division II Championships; Division I Semifinals On Sunday

PURCHASE – For a high school wrestling program that was suspended for a season due to dwindling numbers – and, to add insult to injury, was rejected by other schools to merge to allow their wrestlers to compete – Our Lady of Lourdes made its comeback complete Saturday at the Section 1, Division II championships.

The Warriors produced three individual champions at SUNY Purchase for the first time in school history, and will be well-represented at the state championships in two weeks.

Jackson Wainwright (113 pounds), Riley McHale (138) and Joe Krauza (182) all captured titles just four years after the school had to temporarily shelve the program.

“It feels amazing,” Krauza said. “My family and I are so excited.”

Krauza beat Pleasantville’s Liam Dillon, 6-2, in the semifinals before dominating Edgemont’s Dexter Seeley, 8-1, in the title match.

“Dexter is very strong and a great competitor,” Krauza said. “We met up earlier in the season and I was able to pin him.”

But for this one, Krauza decided to get more tactical.

“Going into this match, I knew he’d be strong and aggressive again so my strategy was to train hard the past couple of weeks at practice and then stick with the moves that I do best,” he said. “For example, I took him down with a throw and a single leg, and then I rode him out on top. I’m super excited that I was able to win.”

 

 

 

Krauza said his goal at the end of last season was to get to states this year.

“My experience at states will be even better because I have two great teammates in Riley McHale and Jackson Wainright who are both going,” Krauza said.

From the HVSR coverage area, the three OLL teammates will be joined by Pawling’s Mason Watkins, who took the 170-pound championship; and Putnam Valley’s Hunter Lundberg (126) and Will Carano (160).

Lundberg beat Pawling’s Alex Santana, 11-2.

“The keys to this match were just staying focused the entire match and keeping the pace of the match high,” Lundberg said of the win that avenged an earlier loss. “I faced him my freshman year in the section finals and I lost. I always work hard in practice and a lot of off-season tournaments helped me prepare for this moment. I knew I was ready.”

As for Division I (large schools), Arlington dominated local schools with three wrestlers making Sunday’s semifinals –Dennis Robin (152 pounds), Dillon Arrick (99) and Tim Bova (138). Carmel has two grapplers going for titles in P.J. Duke (99) and Leo Venables (113). Venables will face Mahopac’s Angele Centrone. And Beacon’s Chris Crawford will go for the 106-pound crown.

     

 

 

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