Shenendehowa wrestling’s Anthony DiNallo a top leader for the Plainsmen

Shenendehowa wrestling's Anthony DiNallo, top, is shown during a Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, match against Ballston Spa. (Peter Barber/Gazette Photographer)Shenendehowa wrestling's Anthony DiNallo, top, is shown during a Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, match against Ballston Spa. (Peter Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— Four matches before his 160-pound weight class bout was up, Shenendehowa wrestler Anthony DiNallo leapt off his team’s bench.

He never sat down again before hitting the mat to take on his opponent from Ballston Spa, dividing his time between warmup drills and nervous pacing. Occasionally, he’d take a quick break to stare out at the action. His blank expression never changed, not even as the senior hustled onto the mat to the strains of “The Time is Now,” entrance music his teammates jokingly bestowed upon him from the world of professional wrestling.

Anthony DiNallo of Shenendehowa wraps up Colby Harblin of Ballston Spa in the 160 weight class bout Wednesday, January 13, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Anthony DiNallo of Shenendehowa wraps up Colby Harblin of Ballston Spa in the 160 weight class bout Wednesday, January 13, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

“I try to look at every match like it is a state final,” DiNallo explained.

That focus has served him well.

DiNallo’s attention to detail helped him take a 12-5 victory Wednesday against Colby Harblin, a no-nonsense victory secured after Shenendehowa had accrued enough points to guarantee a win in what became a 58-18 decision for the 10-time defending sectional champions.

Big picture, DiNallo’s focus has helped set him up for the future he always wanted. This past October, DiNallo was accepted into the United States Military Academy, fulfilling a dream he’s had since he was 8 years old to head to West Point and follow in his father’s footsteps.

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About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.