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Rook Wins State Crown for Wrestling

John Lecardo/The Guilford Courier

Published February 23. 2014 1:18PM
Gary Komoroski/The Guilford Courier
After winning the SCC crown for his weight class, Colin Rook claimed the state title for the 126-pound division at the Class M State Tournament on Feb. 22 at Law.

The Guilford wrestling squad finished eighth with 98 points in the Class M State Tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Law. Colin Rook, who also took home the 126-pound title at the SCC Tournament the week prior, repeated that feat at the state tournament with a championship-bout 8-1 decision over Nikolas Randolph of Waterford for the crown.

“This means a lot to me; I put a lot of effort, training, and practice in this week leading up to the tournament,” said Rook. “It means a lot to win this, because of the effort I put into it. I wrestled a lot of the kids in my bracket throughout the regular season, so I kind of knew what to expect and had it under control. I have a tough weight class for the State Open, but I’m just going to go in and do the best I can.”

Elsewhere, Brandon Hallaway (138) finished fifth, and the Indians had a pair of sixth-place finishers in Andrew Ignoto (120) and Jake Lundberg (152). Other competitors included Steve Napoli (106; going 0-1), Juan Rojas (132; 1-2), Josh Malamud (145; 3-2), Andrew Tischer (160; 2-2), C.J. Anthony (170; 2-2), Colin Scarfo (182; 1-2), and Billy Conover (195; 0-2). In addition, Lundberg grabbed the honors of fastest fall winner for the tournament with three pins in a span of 3:22.

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