Norwich High School junior Dante Geislinger won his second straight state wrestling championship this past weekend in Albany, where classmate Mikey Squires earned a second-place finish for the Purple Tornado.
Dante entered the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Wrestling Championships as the top seed at 106 pounds and won four consecutive matches at the Times Union Center to keep it that way.
Dante pinned his first three opponents before earning a 3-0 decision over third-seeded Maple Hill junior Caleb Svingala in Saturday’s final. Dante followed his opening-round pin of Watervliet junior Peyton White (2 minutes, 46 seconds) with pins of Honeoye Falls-Lima eighth-grader Nicholas Noto (3:55) in the quarterfinals and fifth-seeded Cooperstown/Milford sophomore Avery Leonard (5:42) in the semis.
Dante then shut out Svingala to cap a 40-3 season with his second straight state championship. He won the 99-pound D-II state crown as a sophomore.
Norwich coach Bob Hagenbuch also accompanied junior Mikey Squires to the state tournament. Mikey started his third state tournament in a row as Division II’s No. 2 seed at 152 pounds and earned second for his best finish – he placed fifth in each of his previous appearances.
Mikey opened by pinning Petrides junior Mike DiForte in 2:45, then took down Groton senior Reese Lockwood, 7-2, in the quarterfinals and Mount Sinai junior Matt Campo, 5-0, in the semis. Mikey’s 42-5 season ended with a 3-2 loss to top-seeded Duanesburg senior Zack Lawrence.
The junior duo led Norwich to a fifth-place team finish in Division II with 48 points, 28 fewer than team champion and Section 4 rival Tioga.