John Diekel heads for states again

A fter losing the Section II title to Hudson Falls’ Noah Valastro for the second straight year, sophomore John Diekel was disappointed and honest.

“He flat-out outwrestled me and beat me,” Diekel said after the 10-2 decision in the 119-pound championship match. “I am not going to stand here and make excuses.”

Despite last year’s loss,  Diekel got an at-large bid to the state tournaments, and the same thing happened this year. He will be in the field for the Feb. 25 and 26 state championship meet at the Times-Union Center in Albany.

The two finalists know each other well, and Valastro said he was surprised at the final score.

“I didn’t think the score would be that high,” he said. “I thought it would be a two-point match. I caught him a couple of times on takedowns. He’s always one of the toughest wrestlers I face.”

Bob Diekel,  who coaches his son,  said he thought the match was closer than the score made it seem. “(He) had a couple takedowns that took John to his back,” Diekel said. “And John had him in a cradle, but they went out of bounds.”

He said Diekel was effective in keeping Valastro from tilting him for back points. “That was something we worked on.”

Diekel noted his son took the loss hard.

“He hasn’t taken losses this year too badly,” Diekel said. “He took this one badly. He’s been here before. John can beat a lot of wrestlers, even guys in higher weight classes. He just couldn’t beat Noah.”

Diekel had a  6-0 victory over Cobleskill’s Chris Rosa in the quarterfinals, then went in to score a pin over Schuylerville’s Jake Anderson in 4:15 in the semifinals.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Routes 18, 21 will be ‘much better’ when done

Roadwork

By Dan King If you’ve driven down county Route 18 or 21 recently, you know the road is under repair. […]

District close to finishing slate of projects

school (2)

By Krystle S. Morey The school is on the cusp of finishing up three major capital projects it began earlier […]

Trump, Long win Tea Party poll

20160826_113706

By Dan King It was a good week for the Republican Party at the Washington County Fair. Each election year, […]

Defending champs open at Helderberg Valley

Whitehall Football

By Dan King It’s football season, and the Whitehall Railroaders are hoping to build on the momentum from last year’s […]

Classifieds 08/31/16

North Country Freepress – 08/26/16

Lakes Classifieds – 08/26/16

Northshire Freepress – 08/26/16

Lakes Region Freepress – 08/26/16

Weekender – 08/26/16

Excitement continues at the Washington County Fair

fair go round

By Dan King and Krystle S. Morey Holy smokes! The final days of the fair are here already! The Washington […]

Shoppers’ ‘points’ can help schools get tools

art sci dog fish cut up web

By Krystle S. Morey Granville residents can earn free supplies, musical instruments and playground equipment for their school simply by […]