Girls wrestling team finishes strong in tourney

Article by Coach West

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Mechanicville-Stillwater girls wrestling team competed at the First Annual Kristie Stenglein-Davis Tournament in Colonie.

The tournament consisted of 22 teams. Unlike some of the teams that consisted of 10-15 girls, the Red Warriors have just five girls, but they had an outstanding day and finished in 5th place overall.

All five girls won at least one match. Eighth grader Ali DeShaw finished the day with a perfect 3-0 and took the individual title at 94 pounds. She pinned all three opponents she faced, including a come from behind win in the finals.

Eighth grader Maggie Sweet was in a round robin weight class and finished the day 3-1 with three pins. She finished in a tie for 1st and after the tiebreaker, it was determined she was the champion at 120!

Sophomore Delaney Bisaillon competed in one of the most loaded brackets of the tournament. She finished in 3rd place going 3-1 on the day. Her lone loss came to the top-ranked girl in Section 2 during the semifinals. She bounced back and avenged a loss from earlier in the season with a 6-2 decision in the 3rd place match.

Onnika Halse, fighting through an injury that has cost her much of the season, got her first win with a beautiful headlock finish.

Madison Crowley, a midseason transfer, also got her first tournament action and scored her first career win and finished 3rd.

Congratulations, great job by the lady Red Warriors!