State-qualified wrestlers turn eyes toward next season
March 06, 2020


ALBANY — While zero local wrestlers left the 2020 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships with a gold medal, they all took home something possibly even more valuable from the Times Union Center: the chance to try again next year.

Local teams placed seven qualifiers in the state finals, and Cooperstown/Milford’s Avery Leonard finished highest among them with a second-place finish in the 120-pound weight class. The group included five juniors, a freshman and an eighth-grader.

“This is definitely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life. There’s nothing that compares to being at New York states, it’s just awesome,” Sidney junior Zach Harrington said after taking sixth place at 138 pounds. “It just makes me more hungry, knowing I’m in the top six guys in the state and that I can contend with them really ups my hopes.”