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NYSPHSAA Duals – Section VI Preview

The second NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Championships kick off on Saturday morning at 9am on the campus of Onondaga Community College just south of Syracuse.

Section VI has three teams entered in the tournament. Falconer makes its second trip to the NYS ‘Duals’ to represent Section VI Div. II. Both Olean and Niagara Wheatfield are making their first appearances at the ‘Duals.’

Both divisions have twelve total teams entered. Each team has been seeded or drawn into to a pool of three teams for a round-robin style event. Each team is guaranteed two duals with the winner of each of the four pools advancing to the semifinal. The semifinal winners will have a chance to compete for the overall NYS Division I and Division II championships in the evening’s final match.

Below is a brief look at each of the Section VI team’s pool opponents:

Division I

Niagara WheatfieldFalcons– 10-1 record, #2 seed

Head coach: Rick Sweney

Wildcard entry to NYSPHSAA Duals

#1 ranked WNY large school (WNY Athletics), #14 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Justin McDougald, 2x NYS finalist; Warren McDougald, 2x NYS place winner; Josh Thibeault and Collin Coughenour, Section VI champions; Jake DeWolf, NYS tournament wildcard

First NYS Duals appearance

Pool opponents:

Chenango Forks Blue Devils – 6-2 overall, #7 seed

Head coach: Rick Gumble

Section IV Div. I champion

#1 ranked Sec. IV large school (CNYWrestling.com), #20 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Lucas Scott, Section IV champion

First NYS Duals appearance

Fox Lane Foxes– 24-5 overall, unseeded

Head coach: Anthony Rodrigues

2x Defending Section I Div. I champion

#13 in NYS (NYSSWA)

0-2 at 2017-2018 NYS Duals

Olean Huskies– 20-1 overall, unseeded

Head coach: Mike O’Connor

Earned first seed for Section VI Duals, automatic qualifier for NYS Duals

#6 ranked WNY large school (WNY Athletics), Honorable Mention in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Pat Walsh, 6th place NYS; Nick Bierfeldt, NYS tournament wildcard

First NYS Duals appearance

Pool opponents:

Spencerport Rangers – 12-1 overall, #4 seed

Head coach: Dan Glover

Wildcard entry to NYSPHSAA Duals; Section V runner-up

#2 ranked Sec. V large school (Armdrag.com), #10 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Mason Wersinger, Section V champion; Tyler Mitchell, NYS tournament wildcard

1-1 at 2017-2018 NYS Duals (17-18 Section V champ)

Fulton Red Raiders – 19-3 overall, #5 seed

Head coach: Jeff Waldron

Defending Section III Div. I champion

#1 ranked Sec. III large school (CNYWrestling.com), #11 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Thomas Hughes, Cole French, Nick Noel, and Carmin Galvin, Section III champions

2-1, lost in the semifinal at 2017-2018 NYS Duals

Division II

Falconer Golden Falcons– 26-1 overall, unseeded

Head coach: Drew Wilcox

Defending Section VI Div. II champion

#1 ranked WNY small school (WNY Athletics), #3 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Robbie Penhollow, Section VI champion

1-1 at 2017-2018 NYS Duals

Pool opponents:

Warrensburg Burghers– 26-4 record, #7 seed

Head coach: Mark Trapasso

2x defending Section II Div. II champion

#1 ranked Sec. II small school (CNYWrestling.com), #7 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Nolan McNeil, Section II champion

2-1, lost in the semifinal at 2017-2018 NYS Duals

Saranac Chiefs – 11-7 record, #2 seed

Head coach: Heath Smith

Section VII Div. II champion

#11 in NYS (NYSSWA)

Returning state reps: Jacob Nolan, NYS finalist; Bryce Smith, 6th place NYS; Robert Foley & Alex Christman, Section VII champions

First NYS Duals appearance

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