1983) - John Suhr, Spencerport's college-level wrestler in a high school
singlet, often is overshadowed by more aggressive athletes.
Suhr, the thinks man's wrestler, is making his move on the Rangers'
record book. Literally.
arsenal of moves is three of four levels above a high school wrestler,"
said Spencerport's assistant Coach Woody VanDenburg, an NCAA Division
III champion at Brockports State in 1981. "He's the caliber of
a freshman college wrestler right now."
just a natural athlete and a super intelligent kid."Suhr, who in
the classroom boasts a National Honor Society average of 4.54 (out of
a possible 5.0), is 21 victories shy of becoming Spencerport's all-time
winningest wrestler. He is one of Section 5's finest and, perhaps, one
of the Greater Rochester area's most underrated individuals.
he captured his second straight Lions-Bernabi tournament title with
his 10th victory of the season and 95th of his career (against 13 losses).
Trevor Graham, who won 115 and lost 24 before graduating in 1981, holds
the school record for career victories.
other Spencerport wrestler won more than 100 matches - All-American
selection and 1975 graduate Frank DeAngelis (102-1). DeAngelis went
on to become an NCAA Division I runner-up at Oklahoma.
name DeAngelis have commanded fan attention for several seasons. Most
recently, Angelo DeAngelis captured a Section 5 title and the fancy
of area spectators.
(fans) love to see aggressive kids," VanDenburg said yesterday
during a break from the 18th annual Lions-Bernabi tournament. "John's
a control wrestler. Angelo would pick them up and throw them down...
the crowd-pleasing move."
doesn't beat up anybody. He can dominate a whole six minutes and the
score might be 8-0, but the kid can't do anything against him."
the Rangers' head coach, said, "In high school, kids do a lot of
moving around. In college, things are slower paced. John controls and
positions himself like a college wrestler. He doesn't waste a lot of
are three bouts going on out there," added Jacoutot, "and
on one mat someone's throwing someone else around. The crowd says, 'Wow,
look at that match.' And there's John with a bar on a guy, flattening
him out, riding him into the mat."
realizes just how good he is. He's not a high school wrestler... he's
a college-type wrestler."
who has been wrestling since the third grade, shyly admits he isn't
flashy. He even admires the more physical style of a Frank DeAngelis.
I first came to this school, he was a two-time state champ," Suhr
said yesterday after an 8-4 semifinal victory over Drew Jackson of Huntington,
a Long Island team ranked No. 1 in the state along with Fulton of Section
3 (Syracuse area). " I thought, "...it would be great to do
as well as he did.'"
always kept moving. He went wild. I try to get into my head to go hard
and never stop moving. But before the match I sit down and try to relax
so I'm not hyper when I go out on the mat."
the best record on the team last year -- 34-1. He was a sectional champion
and state runner-up at 145 pounds.
he captured titles at the Empire State Games and Eastern Freestyle Championships.
In the latter, he defeated a New Jersey state champion and a Pennsylvania
state champion for the title.
this season include capturing the New York State Public High School
Athletic Association title, and surpassing Graham's victory mark.
also was "super on technique," and Suhr sent many afternoons
wrestling with his childhood friend.
was only when Suhr began to practice against VanDenburg that his skills
excelled. "That helps me keep moving," he said, referring
to his workouts with the three-time NCAA All-American. "It helps
me with my chain wrestling (linking one move after another)."
the third sectional champion in his family -- following his older brothers,
Paul and Harold, who captured Class C titles at Lyndonville. Another
brother, sophomore Rick, seemingly is destined to maintain the Suhr
who also reached last night's finals at 145 pounds, had a 21-7 record
last year. John was 21-8 as a freshman.
wrestle a lot in the living room," John said, referring to Rick."My
mother goes nuts. We're always breaking furniture."
may be breaking records. Then it will be on to college -- Division I
Cornell and Division III Rochester Institute of Technology are among
the prospective schools -- and an education in engineering.
has the potential to be a Division I wrestler," said VanDenburg.
"There's a huge difference going from high school to college. The
intensity level is greater at the college level. But, right now, inexperience
is the only thing that would beat him at the college level."
dethroned Pioneer of Section 6 (Buffalo area) as team champion with
196 1/2 points. Spencerport, the Democrat and Chronicle's fourth-ranked
team, finished second with 156 1/2 points. Pioneer finished a distant
had five finalists, but Suhr was their only individual titlist, defeating
Rick Miller of Erie (Pa.) Tech in the championship match, 12-0.
also had five finalists and only one champion (98-pound Gene McNeal).
which finished fifth with 131 points, had three champions. Bob Zoeke
(105 pounds) claimed his third straight Lions-Bernabi title, while Dan
Pappalardo (112) and Mike Scott (132) each won for the first time.
place behind Huntington, Spencerport, Erie Tech (145 points) and Section
6's Niagara-Wheatfield (135).
which had one champion in 91-pound Dave Cecere, finished seventh with
of sixth-place Athens (Pa.) was named the tournament's most outstanding
wrestler after claiming the 119-pound weight class. Tom Allen of Erie
Tech recorded the most pins -- four in a combined time of 7:35.