Ethan Coleman, left, and Trent Sibble have had an incredible weekend at the New York State wrestling championships for Bolivar-Richburg representing Section V. Coleman upset the #1 seed and Sibble wrestles tonight in the finals.
By JOHN ANDERSON
ALBANY — When Bolivar-Richburg junior Trent Sibble was seeded 7th at the New York State Wrestling Championships, a lot of experts thought he was disrespected with a bad seed. After all, he was 51-0 coming out of a tough Section V tournament.
However, his coach, Andrew Taylor, and even his father, Shane Sibble, thought it was a good seed and knew if he wrestles the way he is capable, he could have success.
Success he did.
Tonight at 6 p.m., Trent will wrestle in the state finals.
Sibble started on Friday with a 5-1 win over Ty Beeman of Waverly (Section IV).
Now it was time to face the best-of-the-best.
Sibble then pinned #2 seed Dontae Hoose (43-3) of Section VI Southwestern in the quarterfinals at the 3:38 mark of the second period with a cradle.
In the semifinals, Sibble took on the #3 seed, Garrett Bidwell (35-7) of Windsor in Seciton IV and won, 3-1 to advance to the finals.
Tonight at 6 p.m. in the 215-pound state finals, #1 seed Sam Sorenson, 49-0 of Homer in Section III will take on Sibble, who is #7 and now 54-0 on the season.
In an interview with the Wellsville Sun, Sibble didn’t talk about the wins, rather his 17-loss season in 8th-grade on the varsity when he didn’t quit and kept working.
“That was tough. I was practicing twice a day yet I would keep going out and I would lose,” Sibble said. “Losing is never fun, but you have to work harder. Losing that many times, I knew I didn’t want to lose again. So I worked hard all summer.”
And did he. Sibble finished 52-5 the next season. He missed going to states, but watched three Bolivar-Richburg wrestlers go to states and he was addicted to making the state tournament. He could not go last season because of Covid after winning a Section V title.
“There are a lot of people counting on me, I want to go out and win it and make them all proud,” Sibble said.
(Ethan Coleman results below the video)
Ethan Coleman also had an amazing weekend. The Bolivar-Richburg sophomore wrestling at 138 pounds went 5-2, wrestling match-after-match.
He had a pin on Saturday afternoon to take home 5th place and a state championship shield. He will be on the podium later tonight and finished the season 55-7.
Coleman, who came in the #12 seed pinned #4 seed Kyle Barber of Section XI Bayport-Blue Point in just 41 seconds to take home 5th place.
But his biggest win was a 4-2 victory over the #1 seed, Ryan Sweeney, a senior from Iroquois (Section VI).
Coleman beat Luke Yorke of Section II Cobleskill-Richmondville, 11-2 in the first round of states.
Coleman lost a tough 4-2 decision to #5 seed Craig Jablonski of Section XI Shoreham-Wading River.
He then reeled off four straight wins before losing to #3 Kace Cook-12 (38-3) of Section III Central Valley Academy.