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Kyle Fried of Rock Hill

Young Wrestler Does Well
At Empire State Games

By Frank Rizzo
BINGHAMTON — August 4, 2000 – Kyle Fried of Rock Hill, probably one of the youngest athletes at the 2000 Empire State Games, placed fifth in the scholastic freestyle wrestling 48-kilogram (106-lb.) competition.
Fried, 13, who will enter the ninth grade at Monticello High School this fall, beat Jim Weber (Central) by a 9-0 decision on Friday morning at SUNY-Binghamton’s West Gym to finish fifth.
His other matches, in order:
• Pinned Erik Hart (Adirondack) at 3:33.
• Lost to K.C. Colling (Western) 12-1.
• Lost to Corey Farnham (Central) 3-1.
• Decisioned by Marcus Sterling (LI) 8-5. Sterling went on to take the silver, losing in the finals to LI’s Michael Mitkowski by a 4-2 decision.
“It was a great experience, and will really help me to prepare for the [upcoming scholastic] season,” said Fried. “This [experience] will give me an edge over my opponents.”
Fried wrestled at 96 lbs. for the Monticello varsity wrestling team this past winter, going 20–8 and placing in six tournaments. He placed fourth in his division at the Section IX tourney.
“I would love to [compete at the ESG] for my whole wrestling career,” Fried said.

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