Local high school wrestling champion honored in Albany


State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano on Tuesday welcomed Odessa-Montour senior Dylan Houseknecht to the state Capitol.

In February, Houseknecht captured the 285-pound Division II wrestling title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany.  Houseknecht’s state title is the first state wrestling championship in the school’s history.  He ended the season with an overall 44-2 record.

O’Mara and Palmesano sponsored a Legislative Resolution (J819/K210) paying tribute to Houseknecht’s victory.   

The O’Mara-Palmesano resolution, unanimously approved by the Senate and Assembly, reads, in part,

“In a sport such as wrestling, which demands athletic prowess, speed and agility, Coaches Bill Lindsley and Daniel Batchelder worked hard to hone the skills of this champion, teaching this outstanding athlete lessons which will prove invaluable both on and off the mat…Dylan Houseknecht has clearly utilized dedication, determination and teamwork in providing a lasting contribution to the spirit of excellence which is a tradition of his school.

Houseknecht is also a member of the football, and track and field teams. He plans to attend the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland this fall.

He was also recently named to the “2019 Top 24 Drawer” team honoring the top scholar-athlete-citizens representing schools in Schuyler and Chemung counties. 

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