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Leonard became Milford’s pioneer wrestler, Coop legend

Leonard became Milford’s pioneer wrestler, Coop legend
Despite losing senior season to pandemic, grappling career will continue with college recruitment

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Avery Leonard, a Milford/Cooperstown wrestler, goes for a pin during the 2020-2021 state tournament in Albany in February 2020.

MARYLAND — As he could see his senior season of wrestling being washed away by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 Milford Central School graduate Avery Leonard said he relied on his philosophy of life, “worry about what you can control, let go of everything you can’t control.”

“I have always run with that saying,” he said, Monday, July 19.

Leonard and his father/wrestling coach, Nate Leonard, spoke with at their “summer home” on Goodyear Lake, about his career and losing his senior season after spending three years working toward a state title.

Avery Leonard, Team Cheered On Returning From NY Championship


Avery Leonard, Team

Cheered On Returning

From NY Championship

Standout grappler Avery Leonard of Milford, along with members of the Cooperstown-Milford Team that wrestled in the NYSHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany, wave to a crowd along Main Street, Cooperstown, from atop the village’s ladder truck on their return at noon today.  From right are Tyler Wilfeard, Lowell Wilsey, Logan Doucas, Logan Kantor, Leonard and TJ O’Connor. Wrestling in the 120-pound category, Leonard pinned his first three opponents, bowing in the finals to Honeoye Falls-Lima’s Anthony Noto, who also won that category last year.  Inset, cheering fans included, from left, CCS Swim Teach Coach Cheryl Rock, CCS school board member Marcy Birch and her husband Bob, the local lawyer, and CCS Athletic Director Dave Bertram. (Jim Kevlin/

Milford’s Leonard Wins Regional Wrestling Title

Milford’s Leonard Wins

Regional Wrestling Title

CCS’s LoRusso 2nd In 113-Pound Class

Milford’s Avery Leonard Staying on top of Canastota’s Kyle Musachio, Milford’s Avery Leonard wins the regional title the 120-pound class at the Center State Regional Wrestling Championship, hosted at Cooperstown Central School.   Inset at right, CCS Hawkeye Lucas LoRusso works to break the hold of Adirondack’s Bryar Croniser in the 113-pound final; Croniser took the regional title, with LoRusso winning the second spot.  (Cheryl Clough/

Milford Wrestler Leonard Downs 100th Opponent

Milford Wrestler Leonard

Chalks Up His 100th Win

Milford-Cooperstown varsity wrestler Avery Leonard, left, reached a milestone Friday evening, as he wins his 100th varsity wrestling match – against Dylan Thomas, Carthage – at the Oneonta Rotary Tournament at OHS.  Leonard, a junior who attends Milford Central School, defeated Kai Kogurt of Saugerties in his first match of the tournament, then took down Thomas.  Leonard, who went to the State Tournament last season, took only 2.5 seasons to reach win 100.  Today, he was wrestling in the semi-finals in Day 2 of the annual Rotary tourney.  (Cheryl Clough/
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