The Minisink Valley varsity wrestling team has been ranked third statewide following the Jan. 26 Dual Meet Championship tournament in Syracuse.
The team soundly defeated Sachem East High School, fifth-ranked Section XI team and Suffolk County champion, before losing to Massapequa High School, the eventual New York State team champion.
Scores of the championship tourney for the team were: Round 1 – MV (BYE); Round 2 – Minisink Valley 44 – Sachem East 28; Round 3 – Massapequa 42 – Minisink Valley 27.
“Minisink Valley wrestled very well, but was matched up with the eventual champion very early in the tournament,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult. “Massapequa went on to win the state championship later that evening.”
Minisink Valley finished its dual meet season with a win over Middletown High School on Feb. 4 and currently has a 26-1 season record in addition to its Section IX Team Championship and its ranking as number three in New York State.
This the second consecutive year Minisink Valley has won the Section IX team title.
Wrestlers are now preparing for the Section IX Individual Championships, to be held Feb. 8 and 9 at Monroe-Woodbury High School.
“To finish as the third-ranked team in New York State is another amazing accomplishment for our wrestling program,” said Mr. Bult. “The work ethic our team displayed was simply outstanding. We congratulate Massapequa High School and we look forward to the Section IX Individual Championships this weekend.”