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Mike Soria falls, Max moves on
Kings Park's Soria twins don't have to worry about potentially meeting in the state final anymore. Mike Soria, the top seed at 103 pounds, dropped a 5-3 decision to Wantagh's Joe Barbato.
Soria (pictured), the defending 96 pound state champion, hadn't lost a match yet this season. Barbato will face St. Anthony's Chris Brienza in tomorrow's semifinal.His brother Max, the third seed, defeated Asher Kramer of Suffern, 5-0, to place him in the semifinals for the second straight year. Last season, Max forfeited to his brother in the semifinal round and wrestled back for third place. In other matches, Huntington's Damon McQueen earned an 8-6 win over Alex Gomez of Brentwood in a rematch of the 119-pound county final. McQueen, a defending state runner-up, had some more trouble with Gomez today. He beat him 13-3 two weeks ago.