F or the second week in a row Al Aubin responded to late-match pressure in exactly the right way.
Aubin, a sophomore, was one of two Whitehall wrestlers to win Section II, Division II titles at the Glens Falls Civic Center Feb. 12, and he did it almost exactly the way he captured the Class D sectionals a week earlier at Whitehall.
After an early takedown helped him capture the momentum in his 112-pound final match against top-seeded Zach Marcel of Corinth, Aubin was hit with a stalling call with 15 seconds left and the match went into overtime at 3-3.
Aubin’s reversal of Marcel with 19 seconds remaining in the second overtime, gave him the edge again, and even though Marcel escaped with 23 seconds left in the final overtime period, Aubin posted a 5-4 victory and will move on to the state tournament.
“I don’t think he was too sure about being here,” Railroaders’ Coach Bob Diekel said of Aubin being the finals. “I am not so sure he expected to win. He wanted to win.”
That was clear last week as well, when Aubin’s takedown of Albany Academy’s Cameron Miliken with 14 seconds left gave him the Class D title.
Aubin pinned Schoharie’s Kyle Brown in the quarterfinals at the Civic Center and took an 8-5 victory over Tamarac’s Sean Ryan in the semifinals.
“I was getting to the legs better and finishing better,” Aubin said of his performance against Marcel, who beat him by two points earlier in the season. “I knew I didn’t want to give him anything.”