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State wrestling tournament, Day 1 updates
It has been an odd year for Long Beach.
The prohibitive favorites in Nassau heading into the season, the Marines were by Plainedge upended in the team championship quarterfinals.
At the NYSPHSAA Division I Wrestling championships from the Times Union Center, the Marines displayed their individual firepower, as four of their wrestlers reached the semis.
At 103, first cousins Mark Raghunandan and Krishna Sewkumar advanced to separate semifinal matches. At 152, Adam DeJesus went 2-0 and will face second-seeded Irvin Buck of Niagara Falls in his semifinal match.
But one of the more impressive performances of the day, Long Beach or otherwise, belonged to Marines 145-pounder Dylan Palacio. Palacio defeated Suffolk runner-up Sean O’Malley of Sachem East via 18-2 major decision in his first bout. In the quarters, he pinned Niagara Falls’ Joe Difrancesco at 2:30. Palacio draws Rocky Point’s Matt Ross in Saturday's semifinal.
Palacio defeated Ross, 16-8, earlier this season.
At 171, St. Anthony’s Dariyan Riley’s goal of winning state titles in separate states came to an end with a 1-0 loss in the second round to Mexico High School’s Troy Benjamin. Riley won the 189-pound Louisiana State title in 2010 before transferring to the St. Anthony’s in the fall.
At 285 it took Plainedge's David NG only 47 seconds to pin Franklin Academy's Joe Juarez. He will face Island Trees' Joe Manna in the quarters. NG is 3-0 against Manna this season.
At 215, East Meadow's Andrew Danziger won an overtime decision over top-seeded Jake Barnhart of Penfield HS. Danziger faces Wantagh's Tom Hall in the second round in a rematch of the Nassau finals won by Hall.
Top-seeded Joe Kavanagh of Wantagh advanced at 189 with a 9-4 decision over Jake Kelly of Niagra Wheatfield.
After building an early lead, Dariyan Riley of St. Anthony's (171) juuuuuuuuust held on to best Scarsdale's Jacob Berkowitz, 11--10 . Berkowitz closed the gap to one in the third period, and then Riley took more than a minute for an injury TO. A two-point takedown late in the third extended the lead to three, and Riley has just enough to outlast a tough foe.
Jermaine John of Bethpage advances with a 9-3 victory over Stephen Lumley of South Glens Falls. John's second-round assignment is top-seeded Mitchell Wightman of Warwick Valley. Longwood's Patrick Jennings of Longwood also advanced at 160.
Long Island went 2-1 at 152, as top-seeded Kyle Wade cruised to a 6-2 win over Niskayuna's Alex Espina. Long Beach's Adam DeJesus advanced with a 7-1 win against Dan Tower of Franklin Academy, while St. Anthony's John Vrasidas fell 11-2 to Indian River's Garrick Cook. Cook will face DeJesus in the second round.
In one of the more dramatic finished of Day 1, St. Anthony's Mike Gangarossa lost via 7-6 decision to Somers' Rino Devita, as a two-point takedown with three seconds left swung the match in Devita's favor.
At 145, Nassau champ Dylan Palacio had no problem dispatching Sachem East's Sean O'Malley, building an 18-2 lead en route to the tech fall. Longwood's Nicky Hall, after a scoreless match through regulation, won in OT against Steve Maier of Spencerport.
At 135 pounds, Jamel Hudson of St. Anthony's defeated Westhampton's Connor Bass, 5-3, in a tactical match. For most of the first period, Bass went on a knee, looking for a way to blunt Hudson's attack. The only problem? Bass could not mount an attack of his own. In the match's waning seconds, Bass trailed by two but failed to take down the Friars' standout. Also at 135, Christian Dluginski of Sewanhaka East was pinned in 1:10 by Rush-Henrietta's Ryan Reed.
In other action, MacArthur's Chris Perez, Glenn's James DeKrone and Longwood's Malik Rasheed moved on at 130, Anthony Abidin of Hills East, Levittown's Division's Johnny Pellegrino and Brentwood's Alex Gomez (he squeaked by in a 4-3 decision over Williamsville East's Dylan) advanced at 125.
At 119, defending 112-pound champ Nigel McNeil of Huntington had few problems beating Massena's Isaiah Perry, 14-3. Will Montgomery of Seaford (119) and Connetquot's top-seeded Sean McCabe (Connetquot) are among the other Islanders who will see second-round action later this afternoon.
Top-seed Mark Raghunandan of Long Beach advanced to the second round with a pin at 3:18 of Warwick Valley's Joe Ginley.
In an All-LI first-rounder, Commack's CJ Labate pinned Kellenberg's Pat Skinner at 2:38.
At 96 Pounds (Division 1):
Ward Melville's Nick Piccininni became the first Long Island wrestler to advance to the second round with a pin at 3:26 of Fulton's Tom Hill.
Bellmore JFK's Robert Person lost to top-seeded Kyle Kelly of Chenango Forks via 6-2 decision.
St. Anthony's Freddy Dunau won a 6-4 decision over Brockport's Barton Peters to advance to the second round.