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Welcome mats rolled out for state meet
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 08, 2008
Welcome mats rolled out for state meet
Officials revel in chance to host state's best
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James Johnson Staff writer


After almost 40 years, Rochester is once again host of the state high school wrestling championships.
KRIS J. MURANTE staff photographer
Pittsford's Corey Borshoff, 125 pounds, left, and Brighton's Zack Ellis, 119, work out together as the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial was filled with wrestlers who will compete in the state meet today and tomorrow.

Section V officials, who work under the state's high school sports sanctioning body, hope the meet takes a lot less time to return.

The next two days inside Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial will help determine that.

Action begins at 10 this morning on eight mats. A total of 480 wrestlers, including 54 from Section V schools, are in downtown Rochester to get their hands on a state title, many with relatives and friends ready to cheer them on.

The last time New York state's top wrestlers were here for the season's final meet was in 1969 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

"After 40 years, we deserve the opportunity to host this in front of our hometown fans," Section V chairman Chris Bourne said. Bourne said that the potential for a high turnout this weekend at the War Memorial is there, because of the popularity of the sport among area fans with no direct connection to the wrestlers.
Fan map
A short guide to the 2008 state wrestling championships:
When/where: Saturday and Sunday at Blue Cross Arena, downtown Rochester.
Sessions: Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday No. 1, 9:30 a.m., Sunday No. 2, 6 p.m.
Admission: $12 each session; $33 for package of 3 sessions; $38 for 3-session package with preferred seating during finals. Children 2-and-under are free.

Almost 3,000 fans attended Section V's qualifier for states at RIT. There is hope that this year's attendance for the state meet approaches the record two-day total of about 17,000 two years ago on Long Island, inside Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.

Bourne and other officials talk about a possible return of the state championships as early as 2010, possibly in a rotation with Albany, last year's site.

"We've tried to get it here the last three years," state wrestling chairman Don DeBadts said. "The facility is big enough. Right now, there are only three.
CARLOS ORTIZ staff photographer
Former Kendall coach Jim Sauberan of Brockport rolls a mat Friday in preparation forfor this weekend's state wrestling meet.

"One of them is Albany, the other Nassau Coliseum, but we don't prefer to go back there. Hopefully, this will be the biggest crowd we've had." the arena.

"I haven't been here in a couple of years," Pittsford Sutherland senior 125-pounder Corey Borshoff said. "It's going to be great. The bottom ring of seats is closer to the mats than I've seen at other places.

"It's going to add an edge to it. The louder it is, the more exciting. It gets you even more motivated. The best part is that they took all of the (hockey) boards down. It's going to work out well."

Ken Collado, a 103-pound sophomore at Hauppauge, made the seven-hour drive with the Section XI team from Suffolk County on Long Island. The seats were empty at the arena on Friday afternoon as wrestlers and coaches walked around inside to size up "It went quick," Collado said of the drive. "So far, I like everything but the snow. The hotel (the Clarion) is nice." Bourne estimated that at least 2,000 rooms in and around Rochester were needed to accommodate participants, friends and family.

Spencerport, home of the nationally ranked Rangers and the state's No. 1 ranked large-school team, is expected to show up in force.
Wrestlers to watch
Matt Bogardus (Fulton): 160 pounds (Division I) Senior is a prime contender for state title. Could meet a certain Spencerport wrestler for a "super" final.
Bryan Bourne (Spencerport): 160 (I). A former Cadet Freestyle and NHSCA Junior national champion, senior has never won a state title.
John-Martin Cannon (Brockport): 152 (I). Buffalo-bound senior is described as "dynamic" on his feet. Two top-five finishes last two years.
Peter Capone (Johnson City): 152 (I). Senior is from one of Binghamton area's top programs. Tough opening match with Mexico's Ron Majerus.
Zach Clemente (LaSalle Institute): 140 (I). Corey Jantzen was the only wrestler who stood in his way for a state title in '07.
Randy Colling (Pioneer): 285 (I). Senior made it back to states to improve on last year's runner-up finish in Albany.
Kyle Dake (Lansing): 130 (II). Junior was state champion at 119 and Division II Most Outstanding Wrestler last year.
Bob Dierna (Wayne): 96 (I). Coach Scott Frieschlag says freshman was at a size disadvantage last year but still managed to finish fifth.
Alex Ekstrom (Palmyra-Macedon): 135 (II). Junior can become one of the first three-time state champions in Section V wrestling history.
Robert Eskander (Webster Thomas): 215 (I). Resume includes two Eastern States titles, runner-up finishes at Junior Nationals and '07 states.
Paul Liguori (Wantagh): 125 (I). Junior was a state champion last year at 112.
Hunter Meys (Shenendehowa): 189 (I). Senior is recognized as the national record holder for most pins in high school career (210).
Jared Myhrberg (Queensbury): 189 (I). Senior has wrestled Meys tough recently. Also could avenge loss to Brockport's Christian Boley.
Mike Nevinger (Letchworth): 140 (II). '07 state champion is in a heavier weight class, but the junior's experience last year should help.
Ian Paddock (Warsaw): 130 (II). Junior looking for third state title and place in Section V history. National champion as a sophomore.
Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central): 119 (I). Defending state champ at this weight. Wrestling family includes brother Lou at nationally ranked Hofstra.

"We're eight miles from our school," Spencerport coach Bill Jacoutot said. "That's going to allow people who care about our program to come. They usually have to read about it.

"I wish they could all sit in one section. They've supported us all year and are going to be here to support five great kids."

The last time Jacoutot wore a wrestling singlet was in 1975, 33 years ago.

Yet, a brother of Jacoutot's plans to come from Atlanta and a daughter from New York City for the championships to support the coach and the Spencerport wrestlers.

"I'm sure it will spur a lot of excitement among young kids," Jacoutot said. "Long overdue.

"This area has shown the last few years that it is the best in the state, which is cyclical. Right now, the cycle is in our favor."

JAMESJ@DemocratandChronicle.com
   
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