In Albany last weekend at the Times Union Center, two Crusaders took part in the NYSPHSAA state wrestling championships.
Jordan Brown, at 99 lbs., and Joe McGinty, at 160 lbs., both captured Section 9 Titles two weeks ago to earn the wright to advance to the states.
Brown entered the tournament with a 29-7 record and was ranked fourth in all of New York in his weight class.
Brown won his round match 17-11 against Freddy Pagan of Fulton and then beat Michael Adams of Monsignor Farrell 5-3 to advance to the semi-final round.
In the semi-final, Brown was pinned by undefeated Peter Duke, who entered the tournament ranked #1 in the state and was the eventual state champion. Brown was then pinned by Mikey Manta of Happauge and dropped a 14-0 decision to Michael Adams who he had defeated earlier in the tournament to finish sixth in the state.
Brown, who is only a freshman, finish the year with a 31-10 overall record. Crusaders fans are looking forward to watch this young star progress over the next three years.
McGinty entered the states with a 36-5 record on the season and was ranked #2 in the New York at 160 lbs.
McGinty pinned Nick Otero of Copiague in 1:15 in first-round match. He then won 4-3 decision over Adrian Artsisheuskiy from Midwood.
In the semi-final round, beat Camrin Galvin from Fulton 4-0 to advance to the finals.
There he faced Cooper Kropman from Penfield, who was ranked first in the state at this weight class with a record of 42-0.
McGinty lost his last high school match to Kropman 11-3 to finish second in the tournament.
McGinty finished his senior year with a 39-6 record and was ranked #2 in the state. He will be remembered for his hard work off the mat and his all-out effort on the mat.
He will continue his athletic career next year in college when he wrestles for Division 1 Hofstra University on Long Island.
- William Dimmit