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A Look at States

Posted Tuesday, March 01, 2011 by Matthew Urciuoli
This past weekend saw the Kingston Tigers make their 5th consecutive appearance at the State Tournament in Albany.  The team had two entries representing the team, as well as Section 9.  Trent Costello won the A1 birth at 135 lbs and Seth Stauble took the A2 slot for 285lbs.

Trent Costello-  Trent opened up with a tough line in the bracket.  He pulled Bob Dierna, a multiple time state place winner in the opening round.  Trent suffered a tough loss to Dierna, who later on took 2nd place finnish in the tournament.  Round 2 saw Trent wrestle Connor Bass of Section 11 in a battle of "At large" contestants.  After a missed takedown at the end of the 1st period by Trent, Connor racked up points in the 2nd to hold on for the victory.  The Wrestleback loss eliminated Trent from the tournament with a 40-9 season record!

Seth Stauble- In the opening round Seth wrestled Joe Manna of Island Trees High School (Section 8).  The match was tightly contested as both traded offensive attempts with no score in the first period.  In the 2nd and 3rd periods, Joe and Seth swapped escapes leading to a 1-1 tie.   The match went to OT where Seth eventually lost.  Unfortunately we felt that the referee did a poor job with calling stalls during the bout, as it may have prevented the OT period.  Seth was the aggressor for over 85% of the match with Joe Manna consistantly backing out!  In the 1st round of wrestlebacks Seth recored his 100th career victory and a fall over the Section 10 champion in the 2nd period.  The second round of wrestlebacks pitted Seth against Shenendahowa's (Section 2) cahmp, Cole Lampman.  Seth trailed most of the bout but nearly landed a 5 point move in the closing moments to possibly secure the win.  Unfortunately Seth did not stick the landing and was rolled through the toss. Lampman went on to place 5th.

When the dust settled, Malcom Allen of New Rochelle High school won the 285lb title.  Allen's accomplishemnt is a feather in Stauble's cap, as Seth beat Malcom Allen earlier in the season (1-0) at the Eastern States!  Seth and Trent have made the coaching staff extremely proud and we wish Trent the best of luck in college next year. 

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