BKW tags in Middleburgh for joint wrestling team

Enterprise file photo — Michael Koff

Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s Tyler Goodemote squares off against Duanesburg’s Cadan Landauer during a Section 2 competition in February. BKW recently approved a contract to host Middleburgh students in interscholastic modified and varsity wrestling teams.

BERNE — Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s varsity and modified wrestling teams are looking to join with students at Middleburgh Central School District.

On Monday, the BKW School Board approved a contract to allow for interscholastic wrestling teams between BKW and Middleburgh. BKW will host practices and matches as well as primarily provide coaches.

BKW Athletic Director Tom Galvin said that Middleburgh has not had a wrestling team for some time and had a few students who were interested in the sport.

Middleburgh spokesman Ben Amey said that the contract is on the agenda for the district’s July 31 school board meeting. If the Middleburgh School Board also approves the agreement, it will have to be approved by Section 2 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, which Galvin said he expects to go smoothly.

BKW had previously had an interscholastic team with the Voorheesville Central School District where BKW hosted students from Voorheesville, but last year there were no Voorheesville students interested in wrestling. Voorheesville Athletic Director Joseph Sapienza told The Enterprise that this year there were no students interested either.

Galvin said that the number of students on either the varsity or modified wrestling teams won’t be determined until signups in October, but said that the BKW wrestling teams could still operate without students from another district.

At Monday’s school board meeting, BKW Superintendent Timothy Mundell said that there was a “handful” of Middleburgh students interested, just not enough for an entire team on their own.

BKW also has a joint football team, swim team, and boys’ modified soccer team with the Duanesburg Central School District, said Galvin.

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