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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Section II duals could settle some grudges

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Section II duals could settle some grudges

Saturday's third annual Section II duals give squads an opportunity to prove once and for all who is the best, how they’ll size up in the upcoming class and overall sectional meets and also for some teams, take a pass on the weekend.

The top 16 teams as determined by their respective league representatives converge at Colonie High School for the Section II dual meet where the bracketed tournament will determine an overall team champion.

Suburban Council league leader, Shenendehowa is the No. 1 seed followed by Big 10 champion Amsterdam, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake the No. 3 seed and Queensbury is seeded fourth. Other Saratoga County competitors include No. 7 Ballston Spa and No. 12 Corinth.

According to Section II wrestling chairperson, Marty Sherman, all eight league champions are automatically invited to the event and the remaining teams are invited based on their overall records and common opponents.

“We only take 16,” Sherman said. “We seed them on their records and give special consideration to a losing record if they beat a seeded opponent.”

Not every team takes advantage of their regular season prowess. Wasaren League champion Schuylerville and Patroon Conference champion Maple Hill both declined to participate this year.

“When those two declined, it allowed us to invite LaSalle who had a losing record,” Sherman said.

The seeding allows several anticipated match-ups between grappling powerhouses later in the day. If successful, No. 1 Shenendehowa would face No. 4 Queensbury in the 3 p.m. semifinal, setting up a re-match from the North-South Duals where the Plainsmen dispatched the Spartans, 68-14.

The opposite side of the bracket could allow Burnt Hills a chance to avenge their only Suburban Council loss in the final against Shenendehowa, but the Spartans must first get past the No. 2 seeded Rams. Ballston Spa at No. 7 is expected to be the second opponent for Amsterdam Saturday morning.

The duals will be contested on four mats simultaneously and all teams are guaranteed two matches.

“If you lose in the first round you would normally take on the team beneath you in the bracket,” Sherman said. “But if you’ve already seen them before, you are free to set up a match with another team you haven’t seen.”

Section II Duals
Opening round 9:15 a.m.
1. Shenendehowa vs. No. 16 LaSalle Institute
No. 9 Whitehall vs. No. 8 Guilderland
No. 5 Duanesburg vs. No. 12 Corinth
No. 13 Ravena vs. No. 4 Queensbury

Opening round II 11 a.m.
No. 3 Burnt Hills vs. No. 14 Lansingburgh
No. 11 Colonie vs. No. 6 Hudson Falls
No. 7 Ballston Spa vs. No. 10 Glens Falls
No. 15 Johnstown vs. No. 2 Amsterdam

Quarterfinals and consolations, 1 p.m.

Semifinals 3 p.m.

Championship final and consolations, 5 p.m.

Full team brackets are available at Section II Duals

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