Gouverneur's Carter Baer (Right): Photo courtesy of Josh Conklin
The Empire State sent a plethora of studs to the Cheesehead state, Wisconsin this past weekend. New York would come away with three champions and eight more place finishers.
2020 NYS champion Carter Baer of Gouverneur went 4-0 at 155lbs. Two of his wins came via fall, followed by an 11-1 major decision and a 6-3 win over Kaleb Burgess of Palmyra Macedon. Burgess had three convincing wins 9-2, F3:34 & 7-0 en route to the finals. Baer and Burgess battle this past season at states with Baer winning 6-1.
Central Square's Kole Mulhauser: Photo Courtesy of John Drew
The next weight up, 167lbs, again featured two studs from New York in the finals. NYS D1 Bronze medalist Kole Mulhauser of Central Square absolutely blasted his way to a title. Two pins and two techs all in a day's work. Mulhauser defeated Pioneer's Alex Miley in the semi-finals before taking on 2020 D2 NYS Runner-Up Ethan Ferro of Palmyra Macedon. Mulhauser would pin Ferro in 1:20.
The final champion from New York was Cooperstown's Avery Leonard. The 120lbs D2 NYS Runner-Up took the 125lb title with ease in the finals, winning via fall in 56 seconds over William Baysingar. Leonard toughest bout came in round 1, a 3-2 win over highly touted Cameron Clark of King Select.
108lbs - Fulton's Dominik Hofmann went 2-2 losing to eventual champion Ben Davino and 3rd place finisher Luqman Masud. Hofmann is a 2x Section 3 Champion and 2x Section 3 Class A Champion.
117lbs - 2x NYS champion Jace Schafer of Palmyra Macedon took 3rd place. Jacob Macatangay handed Schafer his only loss, 4-2, in round 1. Macatangay went on to win the tournament. Jace went 4-0 on the backside to claim the bronze.
130lbs - Junior Cody Merwin took 4th place. A 3-2 record on the day for the 2020 NYS Place Finsher (4th). Like Hofmann, Merwin's two losses came agianst the eventual champion and 3rd place finisher.
138lbs - Indian River's Alex Booth ran into a buzzsaw in Nick Fea in round 1. The loss sent the 2x Section 3 Champion to the backside early. Alex would win four straight matches, methodically winning by decision each time to land a spot in the placement round. He would drop his final match to Caleb Nadig via fall 3:28 to finish 4th.
145lbs - Two NYers battled in this bracket, one came away with a 4th place finish and the other dropped both matches consecutively. Sidney's Zach Harrington would lose to eventual champ Jackson Hoover on the frontside. After three straight wins, Harrington battled Desmond Diggs to a 2-1 score, with Diggs squeaking out the win. Fulton's Wally Crofoot dropped both matches 8-3 & 6-2.
167lbs - Pioneer's Alex Miley went 2-2 and did not place.
187lbs - Indian River's Aiden Poe compiled a 4-2 record en route to his 4th place finish. Poe went the distance with the 187lb champion Trevor Stewart, losing 12-6. Poe was in line to wrestle BGAH's Austin Eggleston in the blood round but Eggleston medically forfeited.
HWT - Shenendehowa's Sebastian Underwood won his first bout 5-2 over Creed Tackett. Underwood would medically forfeit his remaining bouts. Tackett would finish in 3rd place overall.