ALBANY, N.Y.— Mahopac teammates Mike Muldoon and Garrett Semenetz began their wrestling careers together and the seniors ended them together at the New York State Division 1 tournament on Feb. 24-25 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Muldoon, who was unseeded in the 113-pound weight class, upset the No. 5 seed Devin Woodworth of Horseheads with a 3-2 win in the first round.
“In the first round I wasn’t really too nervous,” said Muldoon, who won his first section title this season. “I knew I had prepared and done enough to win and all I had to do was wrestle my match. I got that first takedown and I just knew that the match was mine from there.”
The senior fell to Rocky Point’s Anthony Sciotto by pin in the quarterfinals. He then pulled out a 3-2 win over Webster Thomas’ C.J. Lee in the wrestle backs, but lost his next match to finish 2-2 at states.
Muldoon was proud to make the second day as only the top eight wrestlers in the state in their respective weight classes get that far.
“Honestly, I enjoyed the whole experience,” Muldoon said. “From wrestling in the big arena to being in the hotel with all my friends—it was just an awesome experience. I feel like I wrestled pretty well the first day and then the second I didn’t do as good as I hoped. But I still made it that far to the second day and that’s a great accomplishment in itself.”
Semenetz, who was making his second trip to states after receiving a wild card berth, had a tough tournament and went 0-2 in the 99-pound division. He was the fifth seed, but fell to unseeded Aiden Rabideau of Clarence in the opening round and then was eliminated by Christian Gannone of Eastport South Manor in the wrestle backs after a 15-5 majority decision.
Muldoon said he plans to wrestle in college, but he hasn’t made a decision on where he’s going yet.
“The thing I’ll miss the most (about wrestling at Mahopac) is being around my best friends the whole time during the season,” he said.