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Dutton survives in O.T. to beat Palacio
Quite possibly the best match of the season just took place in the 140-pound semifinal, as Rocky Point's Stephen Dutton (pictured in yesterday's quarterfinal) had a double-leg takedown nine seconds into overtime to earn a 6-4 win over Dylan Palacio of Long Beach.
Dutton, who needed to stop the match twice to vomit, led 4-0 after takedowns in the first and second periods.
Palacio, just a sophomore, was on top to start the third period. He locked up a bar-arm tilt for two near-fall points to make it 4-2. And then did it again for three near-fall point to make it 5-4.
The wrestlers restarted with 30 seconds left after a potentially dangerous call. Palacio rode him out for 20 seconds, but then Dutton escaped to tie the match at 5.
Palacio thought he received two sets of three back points, and thus, up 6-4, which is why it seemed as if he let Dutton go at the first sign of trouble (a standard tactic with a two-point lead). At the final buzzer, he raised his arms in triumph before realizing the match was tied.
After the match, Dutton, who won his 226th career match, fell to all fours with his head on the ground. He only picked it up to vomit some more into a garbage pail.
A great match between two extremely tough competitors.
(Also advancing to the finals from Section XI were Nick Meinsen of Glenn at 130 pounds and defending champion Andy Rodriguez of Central Islip, who defeated Ryan Tompkins of Beacon, 3-2.)