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Monday, Jan. 4, 2010: John Glenn triumphs at U-E Duals
   Leading off today: John Glenn rules the wrestling mats in New York.

   After entering the tournament ranked No. 3 in the state, the Knights scored victories over co-No. 1 opponents Spencerport and Chenango Forks to win the championship at the Union-Endicott Duals on Sunday.

   Spencerport was the three-time defending champion of the 12-team tournament, which traditionally all but determines the final New York State Sportswriters Association rankings in the sport, but John Glenn toppled the Rangers 37-10 in the final.

   Earlier in the day, The Knights knocked off Chenango Forks 33-13 while Spencerport was eliminating Brentwood 26-20. Chenango Forks wrestled back to third place with a 31-27 triumph against Brentwood in the consolation final.

   In first-day action, John Glenn defeated John Jay 53-4 and Greene 47-15 in pool competition to advance to the semifinals.

   Nearby, Palmyra-Macedon captured the Walt Peterson Small School Duals in Bath by winning all five matches. The Red Raiders, ranked No. 1 among small schools in the state, scored a 48-21 victory over No. 8 Tioga in the final.

   A quick observation: I don't think the U-E Duals could possibly have attracted less attention if they were held in Area 51 outside Roswell, N.M.

   Reporting from the event was spotty at best and non-existent on the part of several media outlets that had a proverbial horse in the race.

   In fairness, it was a two-day event at the end of a long holiday week and weekend. And weather in much of Upstate was nasty, making travel less convenient.

   But an event of this stature -- with the top three large-school teams in the state plus the No. 3 small-school squad -- deserved more attention than it got. As of 11 a.m. today, the summary of the championship match between John Glenn and Spencerport remained a closely guarded secret in print and online.

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