Step onto the mat with Newsday's high school writers as they cover Long Island wrestling.
Plenty of action right off the bat
Day 2 has started off with a bang.
At 96 pounds, Mark West of Hauppauge, the Suffolk champ, narrowly edged Nassau champ Mark Raghunandan of Long Beach, 7-2.
Then at 103, it was the Soria brothers' turn. Mike Soria (pictured) won his wrestleback 6-0 of Fox Lane's Sam Speno. But in the semifinals, Max was pinned by Wayne's Al Dierna.
He led 3-1 in the third period, but was taken to his back off a scramble and pinned with 51 seconds left. So guess what? After all the talk of an all-Soria final, they're paired up in the consolation semifinals.
I doubt they'll wrestle. Mike will likely forfeit to Max and they'll try to go for fifth and third place, respectively.
In the other 103-pound semifinal, Wantagh's Joe Barbato, who beat Mike Soria yesterday in the quarterfinals, drove Chris Brienza of St. Anthony's to his back with a half nelson and locked up a headlock for the pin at the 3:48 mark.
At 112, it'll be a rematch of the Suffolk final, as Longwood's Malik Rasheed pinned Tim Schaefer of Lancaster in 2:15 with a cradle and Huntington's Nigel McNeil earned a 12-10 decision over Brian Realbuto from Somers.
And at 119, we'll see St. Anthony's Grant Greene, a 9-7 winner over Billy Watterson of John Jay-Cross River, take on Huntington's Damon McQueen, who defeated Mike Gentilcore from Olympia, 8-2. If you didn't know McQueen had won, you'd certainly hear it from his loud cheering section.
Greene, a defending state champ, is the top seed in the weight class, while McQueen is the No. 2 seed.
Quite an eventful start to the day, and there's plenty more to come, so stick with us throughout the day.