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Two Section 6 Wrestlers Win State Titles

11:12 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy Albany Times Union
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ALBANY,N.Y.-Division Two wrestlers Drew Hull and Ronaldo Rodriguez-Spencer were both crowned State Champions in their respective weight classes.

The 2013 high school wrestling season came to a close Saturday as the New York State Championships took place at the Times Union Center in Albany. Section Six had two large school finalists and four small school finalists.

The new State Champ Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, junior at Cheektowaga Central won at the 132 pound weight class. Rodriguez-Spencer who faced Tristan Rifanburg of section four trailed 0-1 with 10 seconds remaining. With a quick take-down and scramble for control Rodriguez-Spencer pulled away with a 2-1 victory. Rodriguez-Spencer was a runner-up last year at the 2012 State Championships.

Senior Drew Hull of Roy-Hart was also awarded the State Champion title at 145 pound weight class after beating Frank Garcia of section 4. Hull won with a score of 2-0. Hull was state runner up in the 2012 State Championships.

Lancaster Seniors, Steven Michel at 120 pounds, and Eric Lewandowski at 145 pounds were the only two large school finalists from section six. Both Lancaster finalists took 2nd place. Michel lost a hard fought match against section one's Alex Delacruz with a score of 11 to 7.  Lewandowski lost a tough one against Louis Hernandez of section 11 with a score of 4-2.

Dakota Gardner, freshman at Fredonia became the 2nd place finisher in the 126 pound weight class after his loss to William Koll of Section 4. Koll won with a score of 6-2.

Senior Matt Montesanti of Medina lost in the finals at the 285 pound weight class. Montesanti lost to Matt Abbott of section four with a score of 8-3.

Among the finalists section six also brought home multiple consolation place finishers; two wrestlers from large and thirteen from small school:

Large school place finishers:

Marcus Popp, Senior at Niagara Wheatfield took 5th place at 132 lbs

Anthony Liberatore, Senior at Williamsville South took home 5th place at 182 lbs

Small school place finishers:

Ryan Hetrick, Freshman at Southwestern took home 3rd place at 99 lbs

Brad Bihler, Freshman at Maple Grove took home 3rd place at 106 lbs

Kellen Devlin, Freshman at Amherst took home 3rd place at 120 lbs

Brandon Muntz, Senior at Falconer took home 6th place at 126 lbs

Ryan Kromer, Junior at Lew-Port took home 4th place at 132 lbs

Daniel Reagan, Senior at Lew-Port took home 3rd place at 138 lbs

Jude Gardner, Senior at Fredonia took home 3rd place at 145 lbs

Alex Smythe, Junior at Eden took home 3rd place at 152 lbs

Gunnar Van Curen, Senior at Portville took home 6th place at 160 lbs

Austin Lynn, Senior at Frewsburg took home 4th place at 182 lbs

Matt Booth, Senior at Cattaraugus Little Valley took home 3rd place at 195 lbs

Dusty Lewis, Senior at Salamanca took home 4th place at 195 lbs

Chris Saden, Senior at Fredonia took home 6th place at 220 lbs

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