Shaker’s Ryan Stein fought through adversity to become NYS’ 215-pound finalist – troyrecord

ALBANY, NY — Ryan Stein, a 215-pound senior from Shaker High School, has had his wrestling seasons jeopardized each of the past two years — but for very different reasons.

After facing the pandemic season during his junior year, the start of his senior season was delayed due to injury.

“I missed the first half of the season after having shoulder surgery,” said Stein, who was injured in a national wrestling tournament. “I didn’t know if I would be able to compete this year and I’m just grateful that I was able to come back and get my senior season.”

The Blue Bison went as far as it could; at the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound State Championship.

  • Shaker’s Ryan Stein was the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound Championship runner-up on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Ryan Stein (215) qualified for the NYSPHSAA State Championship, for his weight class, with a semi-final victory on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Ryan Stein (215) qualified for the NYSPHSAA State Championship, for his weight class, with a semi-final victory on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Ryan Stein (215) won his quarterfinal match at the NYSPHSAA State Championships on Feb. 25, 2022. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Ryan Stein (215) qualified for the NYSPHSAA State Championship, for his weight class, with a semi-final victory on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Shaker’s Ryan Stein was the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound Championship runner-up on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Minisink’s Ethan Gallo defeated Shaker’s Ryan Stein for the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound Championship on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Shaker’s Ryan Stein was the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound Championship runner-up on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Shaker’s Ryan Stein was the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound Championship runner-up on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Shaker’s Ryan Stein was the NYSPHSAA Division I, 215-pound Championship runner-up on February 26, 2022 at MVP Arena. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

  • Ryan Stein (215) won his quarterfinal match at the NYSPHSAA State Championships on Feb. 25, 2022. (Photo by Kyle Adams)

Stein lost a 6-0 decision to Minisink Valley top seed Ethan Gallo (38-0).

“Second in the state isn’t too bad,” Stein said.

Stein went 31-2 overall this season, with his only losses at the hands of Gallo. On January 15, Gallo pinned Stein one minute and thirty-nine seconds into their match at the Schenectady Invitational.

Mere seconds into the state championship, there was a flashback to that January game as Gallo nearly got a pin to win the state title. Stein was able to escape, but it was not the start he had envisioned.

“I wanted to stay low because I know he has very fast attacks. I think I did a good job overall. He didn’t really knock me down. Unfortunately, I slipped and that mistake cost me the game, but I think I executed my game plan pretty well,” Stein said. “It’s the national final and we were both ready to go. He didn’t throw anything at me that I didn’t expect.

The senior Shaker was the double seed in the NYSPHSAA tournament and won matches against No. 15 Camden McConnell and No. 7 James Clarkson to advance to the semifinals. Stein beat No. 3 Robert Smith in sudden overtime, 3-1, to qualify for the championship.

Stein missed the start of his senior season, due to his recovery from a shoulder injury. He didn’t play his first game of the season until January 5, 2022, when he pinned Antonio Cipollo of Guilderland in 21 seconds.

After having the opportunity to compete for a state title, Stein thought back to his first season in college as an eighth grader.

“My first college game was in eighth grade. I was a little boy then,” he said. “I found the weight room, off-season wrestling, I learned from my coaches and I had my friends and family in my corner; I think all of that helped me find my path over the years. Every year I made giant strides. In eighth grade, I lost in the first round of the sections. In ninth grade, I made the section final, then I won and I made it to the second year. This year, I was in the national final, so there is certainly had a lot of progress.

Stein moved from the 172-pound division in eighth to 215, now as a senior. This journey, however, is not as easy as it looks on paper.

“I was 210 pounds coming out of football season in seventh grade,” he said.

In eighth grade, if Stein wanted to make the varsity list, he would have to go down to 172.

“It’s safe to say I had over 40 pounds to lose, which I did and hit 170.”

He capped off his high school career with a 107-17 record. He is still looking for where he wants to wrestle in college.

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