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Four female wrestlers from Section 2 claim NYSPHSAA invitational titles in girls’ wrestling

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SYRACUSE — The second annual NYSPHSAA girls’ wrestling invitational was a thrilling event that ⁣showcased the incredible talent of female wrestlers from Section 2. The competition was fierce, but in the end, four exceptional athletes emerged as champions.

Shaker’s Cailan Drake (114), Tamarac’s Ragan Retell (126), Ballston Spa’s Mia Collins (132), and Columbia’s Elle Hutton (185) all finished the day with first-place medals, solidifying their status as the best in their respective weight classes.

Shenendehowa teammates Isabella Gretzinger (152) and Ava Guilmette (138) both earned second-place finishes, ​showcasing the depth of talent in Section 2. Columbia’s Bella Satalino (126) also put on an impressive performance, ⁤earning a ​well-deserved second-place finish.

Shaker senior ⁢Cailan​ Drake, the No. 2 seed,​ delivered a stunning performance, defeating top-seeded Mora Peterson of Bay Shore in the 114-pound championship ​match. Drake’s journey to the top was filled with hard-fought victories, including a first-period pin⁢ in the first round and a 12-4 major decision in the semifinals.

The 126-pound championship match featured Tamarac’s‍ Ragan Retell and Columbia’s Bella Satalino. Retell, who trains at the Curby Training Center, emerged victorious⁤ with a 9-5 decision, showcasing her exceptional skill and determination.

Ballston Spa junior Mia Collins, the No. 2 seed​ in ⁢the 132-pound division, put on a show-stopping performance, taking down top-seeded Alexa Doxey of Newfane to win a championship for⁤ the Scotties. Collins’ tenacity and skill were on full display as she secured a reversal with 17 seconds remaining to ‌win a 6-4 decision in the ‌quarterfinals.

Columbia junior​ Elle Hutton proved to be Section 2’s final champion of the day, delivering a dramatic victory in the 185-pound division. Hutton’s ⁢remarkable comeback in ⁤the‍ semifinal round, where she secured a pin to complete an upset ​victory, was a testament to her resilience and ⁢unwavering spirit.

The NYSPHSAA girls’ wrestling invitational was a celebration​ of talent, determination, and the​ indomitable spirit of female athletes. The competitors from Section 2 showcased their incredible skill and passion for the ‌sport, leaving a lasting impression on all who witnessed their remarkable performances.

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Beckett Nielson
Beckett Nielson
Transitioning from a collegiate athlete to a sports journalist, Beckett O’Neal channels his passion for sports into engaging stories. A Boston College graduate, Beckett specializes in local sports coverage, from high school heroes to regional professional teams, providing in-depth analysis and an athlete's insight.
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