Section V State Qualifier:
escapes with SuperSectionals victory
Section V Class A:
wrestling: Stulpin, Merkel closer to rematch
Family Wrestling title a family mat-ter
power Spencerport over Canandaigua
school wrestling: Top 2 teams ready to duel
Monroe County Tournament:
dozen get any better
school roundup: Great Eight left in
wrestling: Spencerport's Stulpin prevails,
improves to 23-0
Union Endicott Dual Wrestling:
Dual tourney attracts some of New York's best
Spencerport flexes its muscle
Coach Bill Jacoutot:
wrestling: Spencerport sets standard across
title a family mat-ter
Stulpins close to making history
By Scott Pitoniak
Democrat and Chronicle
Spencerports Steve Stulpin, right, and his dad, Dave,
could become the first father-son combo to win Section V
wrestling titles. Dave won the 145-pound title in 1976 and
Steve will try to win a title in the 160-pound division
21, 2003) This wrestling debate divides along generational
and family lines.
Dave Stulpin, Spencerport Class of 76, believes he would emerge
victorious against his son, Steve Stulpin, Spencerport Class of
meanwhile, believes he would be the one whose hand would be raised
by the referee at the end of the match.
Boomer vs. Gen Now.
has come a long way, Dave says, chuckling, but Daddy
aint conceding his championship just yet.
would be close, Steve says, but Id still pick
never know who would win a match between the two of them in their
primes, but this much is certain: The apple didnt fall far
from the tree.
elder Stulpin established himself as one of the greatest grapplers
in Spencerport history while wrestling varsity at 145 pounds for
four straight seasons. And the younger Stulpin is bidding to go
one step further than his old man.
a championship in the 160-pound division at this weeks Section
V Tournament, Steve could make a little history. He and his dad
would become the first father-son combo to win sectional crowns
from Spencerports tradition-rich program. Its also believed
the Stulpins would become the first father-son championship duo
in sectional history.
would be such an honor for me, Steve says, because,
all kidding aside, I have tremendous respect for what my father
achieved on the mat. Hes up there on Spencerports Wrestling
Wall of Fame. Just the other day, I was reading a story about him
from his days wrestling there. Its pretty cool to think I
could join him some day.
introduced his son to the sport when Steve was just 5 years old.
And through the years he has been his boys biggest supporter.
But other than passing along good wrestling genes, he takes little
credit for Steves achievements.
can push a kid toward something, but if he doesnt have that
fire in his heart to pursue it, its not going to happen,
says Dave, a 20-year veteran of the Monroe County Sheriffs
Office. Steve seemed to have that fire from Day One. I remember
when he was younger he was competing in this tournament in Fargo,
N.D., and while everybody else was relaxing on their off day, he
was out there running several miles in 90-degree heat. Hes
always been driven.
went on to wrestle in the Olympic trials and Pan-American Games.
Now 45, he cant help but see some of himself in his son.
you watch your son compete, you feel a lot of the emotions you felt
out on the mat, he says. Ill be leaning my body
and shouting things like, Lower your stance. Keep your elbows
in. Stay tight. I know hes so focused out there that
he doesnt hear me, but its hard to stay quiet.
appreciates his fathers support. He enjoys wrestling for two.
obviously something thats bonded us, Steve says. Tradition
is a big part of our program here, and this makes it even more special
for me because I feel like Im representing not only my school,
but my family, too.
went 38-0 his senior year before dropping a 6-3 decision in the
state finals. Nearly three decades later, that loss still pains
few years ago, my grandfather came over to our house with this 8
mm film of that match and we watched it on an old projector,
Steve says. Dad was upset reliving it, but I thought it was
kind of cool -- not because he lost, but because it was the first
time I had an opportunity to see my dad in his prime as a wrestler
styles are different. I think he was faster and willing to take
more chances. I think Im more powerful and more of a stick-to-the-basics
wrestler. It would have made for an interesting match between us
because of our contrasting styles.
are many reasons motivating Steve as he winds down his high school
wrestling career. He suffered a disappointing loss in last years
sectional finals, depriving him of the title he covets.
love to avenge that defeat and go on to win a state championship.
and foremost, he wants to win it for himself. But hed also
love to win it for his father.
always been there for me and I think it would be great if I could
bring the sectional and state titles home, Steve says. I
know it wouldnt be the same feeling for my dad as if he won
it back in his senior year. But I think hed be very happy
to have a state title in the family. Its definitely something
I would share with him because hes been a big part of this.
Anything Ive achieved on the wrestling mat wouldnt have
been possible without him.