Wins Windsor Tournament Crown to Pace Blue Devils
Vasquez wrestled his way through the tough Windsor tournament, winning the 96
lb. crown to lead to the Blue Devil mat squad to a fifth place finish out of 17
teams in the two day competition held outside of Binghamton. Vasquez was one of
eight Huntington matmen to finish in the top six of their weight classes.
Last year the
Blue Devils slumped to ninth in the Windsor standings with just 80 points. It
was their lowest finish ever in 17 trips to the state’s oldest wrestling
tournament, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary. That
was then, this is now. “We had a solid showing against some very strong
competition,” Huntington assistant coach Travis Smith said. “Everyone wrestled
totaled 138.5 points, trailing only Chenango Forks (212.5), Waverly (203.5),
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton (175) and Saratoga Springs (151). The Blue Devils
have won the team championship eight times since their first trip in December
1989 and finished second in four other appearances.
to the finals with a hard fought decision over Chenango Forks’ Jordan Dyer,
16-8. He easily dismantled A.J. Rue of Saratoga Springs to grab the coveted
title, 14-4. “Jose did a super job against some very good wrestlers,”
Huntington head coach Lou Giani said.
Allan Hendrickson had to settle for second place at 171 lbs. after he was edged
in an exciting bout by Waverly’s Colin McDonald, 6-4. Hendrickson had earlier
moved past Harpursville’s Todd Terpstra in the semifinals, 12-2.
Riley grabbed third place at 112 lbs. after shutting out Darren Terpstra of BGA,
8-0. Rookie Nigel McNeil fell in the 103 lb. consolation to Travis Barnett of
Chenango Forks, 8-3, to finish fourth. Junior Francisco Pereira also finished
fourth at 119 lbs. after losing to Saratoga Springs’ Eddie Davis in the
consolation round, 6-4. Junior Dashaun Thomas was another fourth place
finisher, losing his final bout, 8-2 to Ithaca’s Nick Sacco.
Santiago (6th – 125 lbs.) and Jayson Santiago (5th – 152)
also earned top six place finishes. The Blue Devils now turn their attention to
the start of the league dual meet season, hosting Comsewogue in Giani Gym this
Friday (Jan. 5) at 5 p.m. before traveling on Saturday to Suffern High School
for the tough Kohl tournament.
“We aren’t where
we want to be yet, but we’re working on it,” Giani said.