Congratulations to the Varsity Wrestling Team, the 2022 NYSPHSAA Division 1 Dual Meet New York State Champions!
The team earned the title by beating Section VIII’s Wantaugh 49-13 in the finals round in the day-long competition.
“I’m really proud of the guys, they went out and wrestled tough,” said Head Coach Kevin Gallagher. “There was a little bit of pressure of us, coming in as the heavy favorite. It was a little nerve wracking. You know you’re pretty good, but you don’t know how good until you go out and perform. These guys really stepped up and did a great job. I’m really proud of them. I’m really happy for them, too. They work hard and they deserve this.”
In Round 1, the Warriors defeated Section IV’s Horseheads 66-6. Round 2 was a bye round for the team. In Round 3, the team beat Section V’s Pittsford 50-12, leading the way for the semi-final match. In that match, the team defeated Section VI’s Starpoint 55-7.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our Minisink Valley wrestling program tonight,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult. “The hard work by these student-athletes, their coaches and the commitment and dedication from them and their families truly showed at the New York State dual meet championships. As two-time champions, the Warriors are proud to keep the state championship here in Slate Hill — where it belongs.”