CICERO – In the moments before the biggest game of his high school wrestling career during the recent Section 3 Division I championships, Peyton Rupracht watched the crowd at the SRC Arena in Syracuse and watched the legion of Central Square supporters cheer his co-captain. , Kole Mulhauser.
Rupracht fed off that energy to win his first sectional championship just minutes after Mulhauser secured his weight class, and the Redhawks’ training partners are now on a mission to deliver state-like results. of this weekend.
The NYSPHSAA wrestling championship tournament is scheduled to begin today and end Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany. Senior Rupracht (152 pounds) and runner-up Mulhauser (145) each secured an automatic berth following their respective section triumphs on February 15.
“Kole went over there and pinned his opponent in about 14 seconds in the final which really pumped me up and made me a little less nervous,” said Rupracht. “I looked around and everyone who was going to cheer me on was already cheering loudly, so I just wanted to keep going and fight the best I could.”
Rupracht and Mulhauser will be the seventh duo in program history to represent Central Square in the same state tournament. The Redhawks have accomplished this feat four times in the past six years.
“It’s huge for the program, it can give young kids that hope and motivation to come in the offseason and if you keep working for that they can be in the same place as Kole and Peyton someday,” coach of Central Square Tim said LaRose.
Rupracht and Mulhauser entered the season as the most accomplished co-captains and wrestlers on the varsity program. They applied to work as training partners when Mulhauser moved up to the 145-pound weight class after struggling last season at 120, approaching Rupracht’s weight.
âWe each just wanted to improve throughout the season,â said Mulhauser. âIt’s a pretty high intensity with us every workout.
Rupracht and Mulhauser each wrestle during the offseason and attend various tournaments and clinics, eager to pass on a new skill or learned technique to their partner.
âWe were the best in our hall,â said Rupracht. “Kole goes to a lot of different practices, so he’s always bringing new things, and I also go to a decent amount of outside stuff, so we really help each other, we push each other, we motivate each other.”
He added: âIt has helped increase the intensity in the gym, I think, and helps everyone in the regular season train better because they see both captains working hard all the time, always working and go through each post. â¦ We go there every teardown and right after we laugh or something, but once the whistle blows, we dive on one leg.
Mulhauser will make his third consecutive trip to the State Tournament and enter with an overall record of 39-1, according to statistics reported to cnywrestling.com. The sophomore won the Section 3 Class A and Section 3 Division I titles for the second year in a row earlier this month, and racked up a career record 146-20.
Rupracht – a senior in his sixth college season – will make his debut in a state tournament after winning his first section crown, which followed three consecutive top-four finishes in Section 3. He enters with a season record. of 34-4 and 167-58 career.
âIt’s pretty cool because we trained together every day, so knowing the work we did to make it happen makes it mean more,â Mulhauser said.
Rupracht added: “This is my first year so I’ll be the rookie in the US I guess but it’s good because we can train together there and we can support each other all the way. . “
George Korthas is the only state champion in Central Square. He won the 250-pound title in 1985.