November 29, 2021

Sorenson leads local trio

NYSPHSAA Wrestling State Championships

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Homer Central School’s Sam Sorenson is one of three local wrestlers who are competing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships that got underway at 10 a.m. this morning.

The Trojan freshman is the fourth seed at 220 pounds in Division II with his season record of 35-3 and the Section 3 Division II championship on his resume. Sorenson will face 13th-seed senior Dustin Goddeau (24-7) from Peru in Section 7 in the first round at the Times Union Center in Albany. The winner of this match meets the winner of the match between fifth-seed senior Conner Walsh (34-4) from Olean in Section 6 and 12th-seed senior Angelo Sereno (29-7) from Petrides in the PSAL in the quarterfinals.

The top seed in the Division II 220- pound weight class is Cobleskill-Richmondville junior Jeff Crooks (13-0) from Section 2. Crooks placed fourth at 220 pounds last year.

Two local wrestlers from Section 4 received Division II at-large bids and are competing in Albany.

Groton senior Kyle Willard is the sixth seed at 126 pounds while Dryden senior Bobby Brotherton is the ninth seed at 145 pounds.

Willard (36-4) faces 11th-seed eighth grader Vandavian Way (27-8) from Gouveneur in Section 10. The winner will meet the winner from the match between third-seed senior Caleb Svingala (42-0) from Maple Hill in Section 2 and 14th-seed senior Alex Skowronski (37-6) from East Aurora-Holland in Section 6.

The top seed in Division II at 126 pounds is undefeated junior Jordan Titus (35-0) from Center Moriches in Section 11. Titus is the defending state champion at 120 pounds in Division II.

Brotherton (38-7) will meet eighth-seed junior Ande Klosner (44-6) from Section 3’s Central Valley Academy in the first round. The winner will meet top seed junior Brody Oleksak (35-1) from Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville in Section 4. Oleksak placed fifth at 138 pounds last year.

Today’s action will see the first round and quarterfinals along with two rounds of wrestlebacks.

The competition that resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. will feature the semifinals, two rounds of wrestlebacks along with the consolation semifinals and consolation finals before a dinner break. The championship finals are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.