U-E Dual tourney attracts some of New York's best
Top-ranked Spencerport returns to defend title
BY MIKE MANGAN
Press & Sun-Bulletin
of Johnson City wrestling coach Pete Capone's greatest strengths
is his ability to keep his team from looking too far ahead.
with Spencerport -- the top-ranked large-school team in the state
according to the New York State Sports Writers Association -- among
the teams competing in Saturday's Union-Endicott Dual Meet Tournament,
even Capone is salivating at the possibility of facing the Rangers
in the finals.
been waiting for this all year," said Capone, whose team is
ranked fifth among large schools in the state. "We knew we
were going to have a good team this year, and we want revenge (for
losing last year in the U-E Duals' championship match).
not going to be easy. It's going to take three tough matches to
should be the case Saturday, as JC joins four other state-ranked
teams in the 10-team tournament Saturday, which begins at 9:30 a.m.
with two first-round matches. The finals will take place at approximately
is $5 for the full day, $3 for just the finals.
addition to JC and Spencerport, state-ranked teams Valley Central
(No. 8), Iroquois (No. 9) and Wayne (No. 10), as well as highly-regarded
teams Mexico, Fulton, and Queensbury, are among the teams competing.
U-E and Owego are the other Section 4 schools.
which beat JC, 29-22, in last year's title match en route to a second
straight large-school state team title, is the top seed, with JC
Central is the third seed and Wayne is the fourth seed.
should be an exciting weekend," U-E coach J.J. Stanbro said.
"We try to put the best teams in the state in the gym on one
day, especially when teams are in a situation where they are trying
to capture a state title. I think all top four seeds feel they can
stake their claim."
hopes to have a full lineup for Saturday. Nolan Robinson, his 189-pounder,
has been out the last few weeks with an injured elbow, and 140-pounder
Joel Galindo has been battling some injuries as well.
could ready by Saturday, but whether they are or not, Capone feels
his team will be ready.
not overlooking anybody," Capone said. "We know the road
to the state title is going to go through Endicott this weekend."
addition to the U-E Dual Meet Tournament, the Ross Cordell Tournament
in Oneonta and the Stan Elinsky Tournament in Deposit will also
two-day Ross Cordell Tournament will begin 4:30 p.m. today. Niskayuna
is the defending champion.
teams expected to contend for the team title in the 15-team tournament
are Chenango Forks, which placed third last year, and East Meadow,
runner-up last year.
Valley is the three-time defending champion at the Elinsky Tournament,
but a depleted lineup means the Indians will be hard-pressed to
win a fourth title.
Valley is a strong contender, though Harpursville should also fare
addition to host Deposit-Hancock, Marathon, Sidney, Binghamton and
Duanesburg make up the rest of the Elinsky field.