ALBANY⎯Dundee senior Michael Raplee cruised through the first two rounds at the New York State Wrestling Championship in Albany, Feb. 27 to 28. Raplee pinned Frank Casamento from Ellenville in 21 seconds. In the second round, Raplee pinned Mitch Leferve from Saranac in 48 seconds. Both of those matches were Friday. The wins set up a rematch with RJ Sharp from Red Creek, who Raplee had beaten twice already this year.
The match with Sharp was Saturday morning. Sharp was going for his 100th win of his career. Additionally, Sharp was not ready to lose to Raplee a third time this year. In a match which featured little wrestling and a lot of “tying up” Sharp kept Raplee pretty well under control for the match, ending up scoring four points in the last seconds of the match. Sharp won the match with an 11-7 decision.
Raplee was injured in the match. He was taken to the hospital and evaluated but found to be okay. Raplee forfeited the final two matches which meant he finished sixth in the State.
Even though he did not win the State title, Raplee ended the season with a 37-3 record. He got his 100th win during the school year. He did something no other wrestler from Dundee has ever done - won the Super Sectionals and went to the State tournament. Finishing sixth in the entire state of New York is certainly worthy of championship honors.
Congratulations to Michael Raplee for a great year.