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Update: Max Soria moved to the opposite side of the bracket from his twin brother Mike

In the latest brackets for this weekend's NYSPHSAA wrestling championships, Max Soria has been moved from the No. 4 to the No. 3 seed in the 103-pound weight class. That means he'll be on the opposite side from his twin brother Mike, reopening the door for a possible all-Soria state final.

The brothers from Kings Park have never wrestled each other in a competitive match, but are considering wrestling if they both reach the final. When the first edition of the brackets came out, that wasn't a possibility.

Al Dierna of Wayne moved from the third seed to the second spot, knocking out Fox Lane's Sam Speno, who is now the fifth seed. Max moved into the No. 3 spot vacated by Dierna, and Chris Brienza of St. Anthony's, who placed fourth at 96 pounds last season, is now the four seed.

It is believed there was an error in the initial calculations used to determine seedings. Kings Park coach Clark Crespi wasn't available for comment this evening.

Of course, this doesn't guarantee an all-Soria final, as our own Andy Slawson and Gregg Sarra discussed among other things in this week's "On the Mat" segment from MSG Varsity, which aired earlier tonight on the High School Sportsdesk.

Keep in mind, Mike Soria could face Wantagh's Joe Barbato (sixth at 96 pounds last season) and either Speno (fifth at 96) or Brienza in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

But if both brothers do reach the final, my take is that they should wrestle one another. Sure it may cause a temporary rift, but those small emotional wounds will heal fast. And it will be a great story to tell their kids many years from now.

Tags: NYSPHSAA wrestling championships , Kings Park , Mike Soria , Max Soria , Clark Crespi

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