Wednesday, February 23, 2022

NYSPHSAA caps wrestling season with 57th annual individual championships at MVP Arena in Albany this weekend
File Photo: A view from the MVP Center in Albany prior to the 2013 NYS Wrestling Championships known back then as the Times Union Center.


Casper Stewart of Batavia/Attica will be the number 2 seed at 138 pounds in Division I this weekend. 
Alexander Senior Mitch Gaiser
is gearing up for a run for his
fifth consecutive Section V 
Wrestling Championship 
this weekend.
Above Photo: Mark Gutman, Daily News

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Wrestling State Champion-ship returns to the MVP Arena in Albany on February 25-26.

This is the 57th annual NYSPHSAA Wrestling State Championship which has been held at the MVP Arena 14 times since 2005. It is one of the longest running NYSPHSAA State Championships in history and will be return after being canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a great event and one of the biggest in the state each year,” said Marty Sherman, Wrestling State Coordinator. “The MVP Arena is an outstanding venue and Albany serves as a great location altogether for athletes and fans to see the great wrestling in our state.”

The event will see 540 participants competing in 13 different weight classes over 2 divisions. NYSPHSAA will continue to recognize the 7th and 8th place wrestlers on the award podium for each weight class, resulting in additional consolation matches on Saturday afternoon. Qualifiers will represent NYSPHSAA’s 11 different sections, along with schools from the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) of New York City. All matches will be streamed by the NFHS Network, the official broadcast partner of the NYSPHSAA State Championships.

Leading the local contingent of Section V wrestlers headed to the state meet this weekend will be SuperSectional winners Mitch Gaiser of Alexander (152, Division II) and Casper Stewart (138, Division) of Batavia/Attica, as well as Releight Duryee of Letchworth (160, Division II) and Mason Drew of Hornell (126, Division II).

For more details, tickets, and the schedule, click on: Also advancing from the local area will be Byron-Bergen’s Malachi Smith (172, Division II), Warsaw’s Connor Hare (215, Division II), Avon/Geneseo’s Ryan Farley (110, Division II) and Dansville’s Gavin Hart (160, Division II).

In terms of seeding, Stewart will be the No. 2 seed at 138 (Division I) and receive an opening round bye, Gaiser will be the No. 4 seed at 152 and also receive a bye, Duryee will be the No. 19 seed at 160 and Drew will be No. 11 at 126.

At 172, Smith will be the No. 15 seed, Hare will be No. 22 at 215, Farley will also be No. 11 at 110 and Hart will be No. 15 at 160.
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For a more in-depth preview of the upcoming championships, please check back to The Daily News later in the week.
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Tickets can be purchased on www.mvparena.com (fees apply) or at the arena box office. Doors open one hour prior to each start of the session.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

SESSION 1
Friday, February 25
9:30 a.m — Parade of Champions/National Anthem
10:00 a.m.–3 p.m. — Preliminaries: Division 1 and 2
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. — Quarterfinals: Division 1 and 2
4:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. — Wrestlebacks: Division 1 and 2

SESSION 2
Saturday, February 26
9:30 a.m. — National Anthem/Special Awards
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. — Semifinals: Division 1 and 2/
Wrestlebacks ..........Division 1 and 2

12:00–2:00 p.m. — Wrestlebacks/Consolation Semifinals: Div. 1 & 2
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. — Consolation Finals: Division 1 and 2

SESSION 3
Saturday, February 26
6:15 p.m. — Finals: Division 1 and 2 (2 mats only)

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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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