LOCH SHELDRAKE – Shaun Burgos set his cell phone alarm on 13-minute increments as he waited for his first match at Eastern States Classic.
Burgos woke up 10 times to reset his alarm. In between, the Pine Bush grabbed his mother Marisol’s pasta and grilled chicken for lunch.
Pine Bush arrived at SUNY Sullivan just before 7 a.m. Friday and Burgos didn’t take the mat until 6 p.m. against Minisink Valley’s Tim Ganuncio, in a matchup of Section 9’s best 160-pounders.
Ganuncio scored the first four points on a slowed Burgos in the round-of-16 match. Burgos came back to tie the match at 4-4 and trailed 8-5 late in the third period before he went on the attack. He recorded a takedown and pinned Ganuncio with nine seconds left in the match to advance to his first Eastern States quarterfinal.
“Anything goes there,” Burgos said. “I was just thinking about what I have in my playbook to get me out of this hole."
Burgos’ comeback win didn’t surprise Pine Bush coach Rich Ormsby.
“He did that four times last season,” Ormsby said.
Burgos was a Section 9 finalist at 145 pounds last season. The win over Ganuncio puts Burgos in position for the top seed at this year’s section tournament next month. Ganuncio, a 2017 section 160-pound finalist, entered the match with a 27-1 record. His only defeat was to Ballston Spa’s Tyler Barnes, the defending state 170-pound champion.
“I knew coming in here he (Ganuncio) was going to be at the weight,” Burgos said. “He’s a tough wrestler. He’s been around a while. I knew he was there and I was just coming out to wrestle. … People say I do this a lot in tough matches and close calls; I come out on top.”
Burgos (21-1), the 10th seed, hopes to keep his winning ways going in Saturday’s quarterfinals, which begin at 11:30 a.m. He meets Saranac’s Jacob Nolan, the second seed.
“ It (his round-of-16 win) gives me another match to look at and how I can get better,” Burgos said. ”That match I was coming off not wrestling the whole day. He (Ganuncio) had a match before me and I was really lackadaisical. I wasn’t wrestling my match. I know tomorrow, in the morning, I’ll be ready to go.”