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Pound for pound, Kloc, Haas are repeat champions; Pioneer's Lock nails down crown at 182 pounds

Jim Kloc's fourth trip to the state wrestling championships was just like his third -- a charm.

The Iroquois senior downed sophomore Corey Rasheed of XI-Longwood, 7-4, at the Times Union Center on Saturday for his second straight Division I 145-pound title.

Never trailing, Kloc took a 4-2 lead into the final period and worked like a master to put the match away against the taller, but less experienced Rasheed.

"I felt like I was in control the whole match," Kloc said. "When I get the first takedown I know I'm going to win."

Kloc finished the year at 48-1 and wrapped up his career 254-28. "I didn't want to lose my last high school match," he said.

As a freshman he placed fifth, as a sophomore he lost in the final and last year he won. That experience was invaluable.

"It's a big help," he said. "You know what you're getting into before it happens. You know when the pressure comes how to deal with it."

Kloc also overcame a physical obstacle in the match. In Friday's quarterfinals, he said his shoulder popped out of place. "I can't raise my elbow higher than this," he said, lifting it to his chest.

There was no evidence of the problem, though, until the third period when an injury timeout was called with 1:27 left in the match. When action resumed, Kloc tallied three more points to seal the outcome.

Kloc wasn't the only two-time champion from Section VI. Senior Ben Haas of Salamanca squeezed out a 4-3 victory over senior Derek Pfluger of III-Sandy Creek in the Division II 152-pound final. Haas won the 145-pound title a year ago. He trailed twice in the match, overcoming both deficits with reversals and took a 4-3 advantage in the third period. Following a break in the action, Haas started on top with only 58 seconds separating him from his second straight title. Pfluger tried desperately to gain control, but Haas hung on.

Senior Tony Lock of Pioneer won the Division II 182-pound title with a 4-0 victory over senior Keegan Cerwinski of IV-Greene. Last year, Lock lost to Craig Scott, currently at Cornell, by a 3-0 margin in the finals.

"Last year I came up one match short," said Lock, who will attend University at Buffalo. "I tried hard all year. I knew how to prepare for it and just tried to stay focused all weekend."

In Division I 132 pounds, senior Dylan Cohen of Williamsville East fell 8-1 to Jamel Hudson of St. Anthony's. Cohen trailed 3-0 after one period and narrowly missed getting pinned early in the second, which opened with Hudson recording a strong takedown. But Cohen worked his way out of bounds, bringing action back to the center of the mat. Hudson maintained control for the remainder of the bout.

Max Antoine of Niagara-Wheatfield lost a 10-8 decision at 220 to Josh Lackey of Fairport.

In the Division II 126-pound final, sophomore Renaldo Rodriguez of Cheektowaga -- a two-time Section VI champion -- dropped a 13-8 decision to junior Nick Tighe of III-Phoenix.

Rodriguez avoided a pin at the end of the first period, which ended with Tighe holding a 6-2 lead. After two periods, Rodriguez was down 10-6, but closed the gap to just two points with 54 seconds left in the match. However, Tighe quickly built his lead back up and ran the clock down.

At 145, Tyler Button of Phoenix decisioned junior Drew Hull of Roy-Hart, 6-4. At 170, senior Nick Mitchell of Frewsburg lost the Division II final to Zack Zupan of III-Canastota, 3-2.