Hamptons wrestlers drop close opening-round matches

Kraus, Hulse Compete At States




Hampton Bays senior Willy Kraus. Independent/Courtesy Jim Franco

Willy Kraus capped his high school career with another state appearance.

The Hampton Bays senior, the No. 10 seed (31-8) at 145 pounds in the Division II tournament, lost in a close 5-4 decision to No. 7 Ryan Nugent (40-8), a junior out of Section VI’s Newfane High School, in the opening round at the Times Union Center in Albany February 28.

Kraus went on to drop a 5-0 decision to No. 15 Kameron Riordan (46-5), a junior from Section VI’s Pioneer Senior High School in Yorkshire.

Westhampton Beach’s Jackson Hulse, the No. 14 seed in the Division I tournament, also went out in the first round.

Westhampton Beach junior Jackson Hulse. Independent/Courtesy Jim Franco

The 170-pound junior with a 34-3 record this season fell 6-4 to No. 3 Tyler Albis of Section I’s John Jay Senior High School in East Fishkill. Albis (43-3), a senior, went on to win the state crown with a 9-1 major decision over Section I senior Quincy Downes (49-5) of Fox Lane High School in Bedford.

Hulse was Albis’ closest match of the competition. The senior secured an 11-7 decision and a pin at 1 minute, 11 seconds before his finals win.

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