Tag Archives: Wrestlers

Team focused on end of season performance

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The Whitehall varsity wrestling program begins the 2011-12 wrestling season this Saturday against Granville, and while the team is prepared for the match, it’s the end of the season the team is focused on. “Our goal is what we do in February,” said longtime head coach Robert Diekel. “We would like to win the league […]

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Wrestling preview

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As head coach Steve Palmer heads into his 12th season leading the Granville Golden Horde wrestlers onto the mat the team faces a challenge that is as daunting as it is typical of high school sports. The team’s graduation losses were big, very big. With the departure of Eric Hastings who placed in the New […]

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Italian Olympian trains with Horde wrestlers

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At times, a different perspective can do wonders for anyone. For Steve Palmer’s wrestling team that different perspective came from guest coach Michele Liuzzi Nov. 16.  Liuzzi, an Italian wrestler and coach, is a two-time Olympian who has been on the world team 12 times and has a second place finish at the European championships […]

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Olympic wrestler in Granville

Italian Olympian Michele Luizzi speaks after a two-hour session with Granville Golden Horde wrestlers.

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Youth wrestling tourney Saturday

   More than 400 wrestlers between ages 5 and 15 are expected at Whitehall Central School Saturday for the annual Whitehall Youth Wrestling Tournament. Wrestling will start at 10 a.m. for the three younger divisions and between 11:30 a.m. and noon for the older divisions. The age ranges are 5- and 6-year-olds, 7-and-8-year olds, 9- […]

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Zach Diekel wins fourth Section II title

By Bill Toscano Some wrestlers spend their entire high school careers working for a single opportunity to win a sectional title and a berth in the state tournament. Zach Diekel has done it four times, and he’s got one more varsity season left. Diekel, who is polite off the mat, spoke with definite authority as […]

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John Diekel heads for states again

After 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,  […]

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Aubin ralles for Sectional title

For 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 […]

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Bishop back on his feet and moving forward

By Bill Toscano Less than a year after hearing there was an 85 percent chance he’d never walk again, Dan Bishop strode confidently across the Whitehall Central School gym, ready to play his role in the Section II, Class D wrestling tournament. Bishop, a 2005 Whitehall graduate, had played a different role here before, winning […]

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here comes the states

Wrestling Good news for Golden Horde wrestling fans and senior 285-pounder Eric Hastings. As I noted in my article posted on the website, Hastings has made the state tournament after a controversial loss to Hudson Falls’ Luke Albrecht. A bit of clarification there. I had the contact as forearms across the neck that got Hastings […]

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