Looking to showcase their talents while continuing to improve, four Monty Tech grapplers recently took part in the 1,000 Island Duals tournament in Clayton, New York, facing off with some top tier wrestlers not only from the east coast, but across the country with their club teams.
The 23rd iteration of the annual took place last weekend in the confines of the Clayton Cerow Arena, with 48 teams vying for titles.
Monty Tech’s Conor Fuller wrestled for New England Gold at heavyweight, while Sean Lyle wrestled at 113 for Doughboys B team. Isaiah Solomon and Cooper Weibe traveled with Doughboys, but helped fill spots for other teams missing spots at 160 and 126, respectively.
All had solid showings and earned great experience. Fuller went 3-2 with all wins by pin while his team took third in the blue division.
Cooper Weibe went 6-1, while Sean Lyle went 3-2 and Isaiah Solomon got some valuable experience on the mats.
“I’d really like to qualify for states this season. I think this experience helped me a lot,” Fuller said. “The more exposure I get, hopefully it will make me a better wrestler. Both stronger and more technical.”
Solomon says competing in tournaments such as the 1,000 Islands has opened his eyes to the level of talent he’d like to achieve and he’s been putting in some hard work over the summer.
“For this upcoming season I know competition is going to be a lot different and me going to these tournaments in the offseason and me putting in my time and effort in getting better will make me a better wrestler and overall a better mindset in what I’m doing and what I’m trying to accomplish,” he said. “I’m going to let my name be heard and I will become a state champion.”