Medina Journal-Register — ALBANY — A year ago as a junior he fell just one point short of earning a state title but on Saturday Roy-Hart senior Drew Hull (145) got that point back with interest and a coveted state wrestling championship.
A two point takedown proved to be just enough to earn Hull a 2-0 victory in the championship bout over Frank Garcia (Norwich — Section IV).
“It didn’t feel good last year losing by a point but this feels great to end this way,” said Hull by phone moments after capturing the title. “He chose down and I got the takedown, Top wrestling is my best position. The only thing close was the score as I controlled every move and never felt in danger.”
“Drew wrestled very, very smart,” said Roy-Hart coach Kevin Lawson. “He lost by a point last year and he made sure it wasn’t going to happen again. I couldn’t be more proud of him. It’s huge for him, for Roy-Hart and for our league.”
Hull, who finishes the season with a 44-0 record, becomes Roy-Hart’s first state champion since Lou Roselli claimed his second title in 1988.
Hull advanced to the finals with decision wins of 5-1 over Sal Mazzella (Highland — Section IX) in the opening round, 11-2 over Kyle Mulcahy (Corinth — Section II) in the quarterfinals and 4-2 over fourth seeded Jude Gardner (Fredonia) in a rematch of the recent Section VI final.
After surviving two overtime bouts to gain the finals, Medina High senior Matt Montesanti (285) dropped an 8-3 decision to Matt Abbott (Windsor — Section IV) in the championship bout.
Breaking a 1-1 deadlock, Montesanti took a 2-1 lead at the outset of the decisive third period with an escape.
Abbott countered with a takedown but Montesanti quickly pulled even again at 3-3 with another escape.
However, Abbott again countered with a takedown for a 5-3 lead and this time Montesanti could not answer back. Abbott then put a lock on the title with a three point near fall and an 8-3 victory.