Two-time defending county champion Ken Collado of Hauppauge won't even place at this year's event.
Collado, who won a state title two years ago at 103 pounds, earned a technical fall over Jorge Barreiro of West Babylon in the first round. But in a rematch of last year's 112-pound final against Pete DeTore of Westhampton Beach in the quarterfinals, Collado lost a 4-3 decision. He fell to Central Islip's Giovanni Sanchez 1-0 in the first wrestleback round.
The match against DeTore was scoreless after two periods (Collado was ridden out the entire second period) before DeTore escaped eight seconds into the third period to take a 1-0 lead. Collado got a takedown 12 seconds later, but DeTore immediately escaped to tie it at 2.
"If I laid down and sulked, he would have beaten me," DeTore said about being taken down. "So I had to jump right back up."
With 19 seconds left in the match, DeTore got in on a double-leg takedown. He lifted Collado and then took him down to the mat for the deciding points. After the match, he clapped his hands and then got some congratulations along the protective fencing in front of the bleachers.
"All the hard work pays off," DeTore said. "I felt him give out at the end and I kept hammering him. It felt great inside, but it's only one step towards the real championship."