LOCH SHELDRAKE – In a testament of the tourney’s difficulty, state champions and state finalists often found themselves wrestling in the consolation rounds at the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan Community College this past weekend.
Avoiding the upset loss was Greene sophomore Christian Dietrich. One of the top-ranked sophomores at 182 pounds in the country, Dietrich won six matches to become the lone Chenango County grappler to grab a title at the prestigious regular-season tournament.
Dietrich, a Division II state runner-up a season ago, won six matches over the two-day tourney including a 3-0 victory over South Jefferson's Daniel Smith. It was the second win over Smith this season, and the third since last year's state tournament.