Waverly freshman A.J. Burkhart and former Corning Hawks standout Jimmy Overhiser captured state titles Saturday night at the New York State Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Burkhart earned a 3-0 victory over Orion Anderson of Section 2’s Schuylerville in the Division II 99-pound final. Burkhart scored a point in the second period with an escape, then notched a late two-point takedown.
He became Waverly’s 11th state champion and its second in two years. Last year Ryan Wolcott won the Division II 220-pound title.
In the semifinals Saturday morning, fourth-seeded Burkhart pulled out a 4-3 overtime victory over top-seeded Drew Shafer of Palmyra-Macedon.
Overhiser, now a senior at Lansing High School, turned three takedowns into a 6-2 victory over Derek Spann of Section 11’s Adirondack in the Division II 120-pound final. The weight class included four former state champions.
Earlier in the day, fourth-seeded Overhiser held on for a 1-0 semifinal victory over top-seeded Matteo DeVincenzo of Port Jefferson.
Overhiser was a two-time Section 4 Division I champion at Corning before attending Wyoming Seminary Prep in Kingston, Pa., last school year. He finished fourth in Division I at 106 pounds as a freshman and failed to place at the 2013 state tournament.
Watkins Glen junior Brandon Gould placed fourth at 126 pounds in Division II, posting a 4-2 tournament record.
Gould won his first two consolation matches Saturday: 3-2 against Central Valley Academy’s Tanner Cook and 10-4 over Maple Grove’s Brad Bihler. Nick Gaiser beat Gould 7-1 in the third-place match.
Gaiser also beat Gould on Friday, 10-0, in the quarterfinals. Gould bounced back with a 6-1 victory over Unatego’s Austin Ryan in his first consolation match.
Area wrestlers who were eliminated Friday were Elmira’s Noah Carpenter (113 pounds) and Tommy Mackay (170) in Division I, Watkins Glen’s Josh Burge (170) and Ian Chedzoy (182) in Division II, and Odessa-Montour’s Joe Rorick (120) in Division II.