cruises to Barnard title
The Rangers had 10 finalists to clinch the championship after the
Democrat and Chronicle
(January 18, 2004) — HILTON — Patience is needed to
prepare fine food.
Legas knows that, as a person interested in the culinary arts.
a wrestler has to wait for success. Legas, a senior at Spencerport,
has lived that.
improved his record to 23-0 this season after he finished first
in the 160-pound division at the Clayton Barnard Tournament at Hilton
is year No. 2 on the Spencerport varsity for Legas. He moved in
and out of the team’s lineup last season. As a captain, his
grasp on a starting spot is pretty firm these days.
just wanted it this year,” said Legas, who was 27-11 last
season as a 140- and 145-pounder for the Rangers. “That’s
it. It feels great.
didn’t feel like I was a better wrestler this year per se,
I had more confidence.”
Rangers should feel pretty good as a team.
again, they are ranked No. 1 in the state among large schools. The
team scoring at Hilton was a runaway race, as Spencerport had 300.5
points, more than double the total for runner-up Fairport (148).
10 finalists, the Rangers clinched the team title after the semifinals.
189-pounder Alex Baxter (24-0) and Legas were among Spencerport’s
four weight division champions.
defeated West Seneca West’s Cory Turner, 5-2, at 160.
takedown was the difference in the score, 3-1, through two periods.
Turner earned a point with an escape but a failed takedown attempt
led to another two points for Legas.
a very technical wrestler,” Legas said. “I’m not
very big, so I’m not too intimidating.
stay in good position, and that’s it.”
coach Bill Jacoutot calls Legas “a program kid.”
get better each year,” he added. “Then, their senior
year, they could end up in the state championships.
this sport, you grow in inches, not in feet. He just gets every
ounce out of what he has.”
Legas, a National Honor Society member with a 3.9 grade-point average,
has is sweet success in his senior season.
Donald Williams edged Spencerport’s Mike Terenzi, 5-4, in
the 145 final in one of the night’s most exciting matches.
Williams was named most outstanding wrestler.
senior Kyle Blancke defeated Hilton junior Joe Ranzenbach, 5-1 in
the 119 final. Ranzenbach was 25-0 before he met Blancke (19-1).
was a lot of sweat and hustle to keep the tournament on track. Hilton’s
schools were closed on Friday, which forced the postponement of
that day’s tournament schedule.
of the action took place Saturday.
only lost one team (North Rose-Wolcott),” Hilton coach Chuck
Partridge said. “It was a lot of phone calls, a lot of anxiety
not knowing what the weather was going to be.
had a lot of support and help from the administration in the district.
It was tiring.”