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Sports Archives The Altamont Enterprise, February 25, 2010
By Jordan J. Michael
VOORHEESVILLE Quinn and Taylor Treadgold wouldn’t be one without the other.
The Treadgolds are brothers who have spent the last two years as teammates on the Voorheesville wrestling team. Both won a Class C title this season, the only ones on their team to do so. Taylor is a senior at 125 pounds, and Quinn is a sophomore at 130 pounds.
Quinn has a weight advantage over Taylor, but Quinn rarely beats his brother in practice. Sometimes the wrestling carries over to home.
“He does a lot worse against me than he does against his opponents,” said Taylor. “They don’t know what he’s going to do, but I do.”
“His technique is so much better than mine,” said Quinn. “I never win. It’s not fair.”
Blackbirds Head Coach Matt Robinson told The Enterprise that Quinn “takes his licks” from Taylor in practice. “Quinn is constantly learning from Taylor.”
Even though the two might look alike, it’s easy to tell them apart by the way they wrestle. “Taylor is a little more conservative and Quinn likes to take more risks,” said Robinson. “Taylor likes to use his feet and Quinn goes with the hips.”
“It’s true; I am a little defensive,” Taylor said with a laugh. “But it’s funny to watch Quinn roll all the time.”
Taylor ended up taking third place at the state qualifiers in Glens Falls and Quinn managed a fifth-place showing. Taylor accumulated enough points to get a wildcard bid for the state meet at the Times Union Center on Friday.
Taylor had a 40-3 record this season and he gets the 16th seed. He’ll have to face last year’s runner up in the first round. “My seeding is a little unfair because I have a better record then some kids in front of me,” he said. “Hopefully, I can win at least two matches.”
Quinn could be the jealous type, but there’s no point to it. He has two more years to reach that summit. “I knew I wasn’t going to make it anyways,” he said. “I just hope Taylor stands out by doing something crazy.”
Taylor hopes to wrestle in college. He applied to the State University of New York at Binghamton, Cornell University, University of Vermont, and Williams College.
“He’ll have success in the future because he’s a stubborn guy,” Robinson said of Taylor. “He’s always the first guy to set the tone. His general work ethic and intensity can’t be replaced.”
Taylor picked up wrestling in fourth grade upon a friend’s suggestion, and Quinn followed along two years later after he was interested in what his brother was doing.
“I just started doing it because Taylor did it first,” Quinn said. “I’m trying to be better than him.”
“There’s one problem with that, Quinn,” Taylor replied. “You can never beat me.”
Quinn isn’t actually trying to be better than Taylor; he’s just following in his brother’s footsteps. Taylor also won the Class C’s when he was a sophomore.
“My brother helps me realize what I’m doing wrong,” said Quinn. “I don’t think I’d be where I am without his help.”
“He’s got to move faster. One fluid motion, instead of steps,” said Taylor. “He needs to wrestle in the off-season. I did and I learned a lot.”
Robinson said that Quinn might be taking Taylor’s spot next year. Other coaches might think that Taylor never graduated. “I’ll have to point it out,” Robinson said.
Quinn will get to wrestle with Taylor at home, but their days as teammates is now a fond memory. Quinn will have to find a new partner for practice.
“I don’t know what I’ll do next year,” said Quinn. “It will be weird.”