Area schools will be well represented in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling state tournament to be held at the Times Union Center in Albany today and Saturday.
One representative, Corning’s Matt Kline takes a 28-6 season record into states after his emotional 3-2 win in the Section IV Division I championship at 152 pounds.
“Matt put on a ton of muscle in the offseason, last year he wrestled at 126 pounds,” Corning head coach Cam Daudelin said. “He worked all summer really hard and has worked all season. We’ve been training the last two weeks non stop. He’s prepared.”
Kline, who missed out on states a year ago after being pinned twice in the Section IV Championships, put in extra hours heading into his junior season.
“I wrestled 4-5 days a week and worked out a lot, got a lot of coaches coaching me and wrestled a lot of different people and learned what worked for me and got better,” Kline said.
Kline will take on Section I’s Matt Grippi in the first round, the Fox Lane high school junior has compiled 147 wins in his career.
“We’ve seen some videos, getting ready for what he’s going to do, but no matter what happens I just want to wrestle my best because I have nothing to lose,” said Kline.
Kline will be the first representative for Corning in the State Tournament since Blake Abbey in 2014.
“It’s an honor to represent the school at states,” Kline said.
Kline will be joined in the state tournament by three Elmira representatives and five wrestlers from Horseheads, which won its first team Section IV Division I championship title in school history.
Drake Dille at 99 pounds, Noah Carpenter at 132 pounds and Charlie Mahon at 160 pounds will grapple for the Express.
Dille finished the season with a 30-9 record and won an 11-3 major decision to win the championship over Chenango Fork’s Logan Gumble and will battle top-seeded Brandon Nunez in first round of the championships.
Carpenter, a senior, comes in with a 32-6 record and pinned Newark Valley’s Lane Carrier in 1:30 in the Section IV final and will face unseeded Robert Satrino of Section IX’s Valley Central.
Mahon looks to build on his outstanding 42-3 record that includes 29 pins including one in the Section IV championship and will face off against unseeded Max Sims of Section XI’s Lindenhurtst.
Horseheads sends Tim McCarthy (106 pounds), Devin Woodworth (113 pounds), Wesley Woodworth (120 pounds), Chris Eames (170 pounds) and LaDarron Tutton (195 pounds).
McCarthy sports a record of 20-16 and defeated Chenango Forks’ Gavin Secoolish, 9-1 in the Section IV final. McCarthy will grapple against Christopher Perry of Section 1 Yorktown.
Devin Woodworth has a record of 33-6 and topped Vestal’s Zayne Benedict 9-0 in the final. Woodworth will face Mike Muldoon of Section 1’s Mahopac.
Wesley Woodworth takes his 35-4 record into states after a 3-2 win over Johnson City’s Erick Rigal in the Section IV final. Woodworth’s opponent will be Dylan Ebanks of Xavier High School.
Chris Eames will be making his second visit to the state tournament and comes in with a 34-6 record. He defeated Johnson City’s Justin Bidwell, 13-2 in the Section IV final. Eames will battle Jordan Wallace of Section 1’s New Rochelle.
To round out the Blue Raiders’ participants, senior LaDarron Tutton brings a 34-8 mark into his matchup against top-seeded Sam Schuyler of Section XI’s Kings park after a 7-3 win in the Section IV final.
The preliminary rounds will commence today at the Times Union Center in Albany at 10 a.m. with the quarterfinals at 2 p.m.
On Saturday will be the championship semi-finals at 10 a.m. followed by the finals at finals at 6:30 p.m.