It wasn’t quite the day he had wished for, but Johnson City wrestling coach Jordan Glenn hopes Saturday will be a springboard to better things the rest of the season.
The Wildcats went 1-2 at the Union-Endicott Duals, part of a rough day overall for Section 4 at the prestigious dual-meet tournament.
Host U-E went 0-3, while Chenango Forks went 0-2, making it seven years since a Section 4 team last won the U-E Duals. JC captured the title in 2006 en route to winning the state large-school team title.
On Saturday, JC lost matches to Islip (51-12) and Monroe-Woodbury (48-21) before salvaging a victory in its last match of Group D with a 64-21 rout of Fulton.
The Monroe-Woodbury match was especially frustrating, as the Wildcats lost several close matches that might have provided for a tighter finish.
“I thought if we wrestled to our full potential, we could wrestle with all these teams, and I don’t think we wrestled to our full potential,” Glenn said. “That Monroe-Woodbury match was especially frustrating.
“But it tells us where we are. I tell the boys all year, our goal is not to peak in December or January. We want our best tournaments to be sectionals and states.”
Wrestling resumes 9 a.m. today with consolation-round matches, with semifinal matches to begin at 11 a.m.
Islip of Section 11 won Group D, finishing with a 3-0 record to advance to the semifinals along with Section 8’s Wantagh (Group A winner), Section 11’s Sachem East (Group B winner), and Section 2’s Shenendehowa (Group C winner), the defending champion.
Wantagh, last year’s state large-school champion, will meet Islip while Shenendehowa squares off against Sachem East. The championship match and third-place matches are scheduled for 3 p.m.
Despite the disappointing day, Glenn could take comfort in the return of both Zach Colgan (152 pounds) and Greg Kleinsmith (170), a pair of Section 4 champions from a year ago who have missed considerable time due to injuries this season.
Colgan went 3-0 Saturday, while Kleinsmith went 2-1.
Their return to the lineup, which already features unbeaten state runner-up Reggie Williams (195), should strengthen a Wildcats squad considered by many the best in Section 4 this season.
“I think locally, we’re very solid, and I feel like, having this experience, that we can do very well the rest the season.”
U-E nearly reached last year’s semifinals, but the Tigers were handily beaten in all three of their matches on Saturday.
U-E lost to Shenendehowa (58-19), MacArthur (47-18) and Minisink Valley (55-15).
“It was tough,” U-E coach Josh Ruff said. “In the MacArthur match we had six matches in the third period tied or a 1-point match and we ended up losing all of them. Things just didn’t go our way.”
Forks lost to Wantagh (62-9) and Spencerport (43-27). A bright spot for the Blue Devils was two-time state champion Kyle Kelly, who remained unbeaten on the season with a pair of victories by fall at 120 pounds.