We are back for Day 2 of the State Tournament, another loooooonnnng day of wrestling, starting with the semis at 10 a.m. and the finals, which begin at 6 p.m.
As usual, Long Island is well-represented in these proceedings, with 26 wrestlers in the semis. Most notably, the 138-pound weight class is an all-Long Island party: in one semifinal, top seed Dan McDevitt of Wantagh takes on Glenn's James DeKrone while Brentwood's Alexis Blanco and Longwood's Malik Rasheed face off in the other. Brentwood and Longwood are League I rivals in Suffolk, and now the two schools go at it again on the sport's grandest stage.
Wantagh's Jose Rodriguez moved to 44-0 with a decision over Westhampton's Alex Tanzman
Defending state champion Kyle Kelly of Chenango Forks pinned New Rochelle's Nick Barbaria in 4:58.
Final: Rodriguez vs. Barbaria
In Division II, Locust Valley's Nick Casella became Long Island's first D-II finalist since 2007 with a decision win over Hoosick Falls' Luis Weirbach.
Ward Melville freshman Nick Piccininni (44-0) defeated Lockport's Anthony Orefice via 11-8 decision and will face Nassau champion Justin Cooksey of MacArthur in the final. Cooksey pinned Long Beach's Krishna Sewkumar in 5:42.
Final: Piccininni vs. Cooksey
Bellmore JFK's Robert Person a 2010 Nassau Champion (96), lost a 7-4 decision to Hilton's Vincent DePrez.
After losing in the Suffolk quarterfinals, Connetquot's Sean McCabe (40-2) now finds himself in a state final. McCabe made easy work of Lancaster's Steve Michel, nearly scoring a pin in the third period en route to a 9-0 major decision win. He will face Pittsford's Brady Baron who knocked off top seed Justin Corradino, in the championship.
Final: McCabe vs. Baron
In a rematch of a January 13th match, ESM's Maverick Passaro bested Garden City's Mike Lofrese once again. Passaro won 9-2, alittle less lopsided than the 18-3 techincal fall he scored last month.
Top seed Sam Speno of Fox Lane shook off what appeared to be a minor injury to beat Webster-Schroeder's Alec Dierna, 8-0.
In one of the tourney's best matches, Jamel Hudson of St. Anthony's bested Shenendehowa's Kelly via 8-7 decision. Hudson scored a takdedown 55 seconds into the first, but Kelly responsed with two escapes to tie it up with 1:40 left in the second.
Trailing 4-3 entering the third, Hudson tied the match with 1:18 left and scored the go-ahead takedown 10 seconds later. Hudson will face Williamsville East's Dylan Cohen in the final, who beat Nick Cegelski of Penfield, 4-2.
Final: Hudson vs. Cohen
Glenn's James DeKrone scored a last second reversal of Wantagh's Dan McDevitt to win a 3-2 decision. In a rubber match, Brentwood's Alexis Blanco bested Malik Rasheed, 3-2, to make it an all-Suffolk final.
Final: DeKrone vs. Blanco
Following his brother's loss in the previous match on Mat 6, Corey Rasheed took a 5-3 decision from North Rockland's Mike Caputo and will face top seed and defending champion James Kloc of Iriquois, who won a 3-2 decision over Columbia's Evan Wallace.
Rasheed, sophomore, is a two-time place winner who took fifth last year and second as a seventh-grader.
Final: Rasheed vs. Klock
Defending state champion Brian Realbuto (135) of Somer scored a pin at 2:29 of Spencerport's Steve Maier.
Longwood's Nicky Hall joined Rasheed as a finalist with a 3-2 win over SWR's John Keck.
Final: Realbuto vs. Hall
Trailing 2-1 entering the third, Long Beach's Dylan Palacio (40-0) scored a reversal with 1:50 left and held on for the 3-2 over Wayne's Frank Affronti (42-2).
In yet another all-LI final, Palacio will be matched against Hills West's Tyler Grimaldi, who eked by SWR"s Zak Mullen via 3-2 decision.
Final: Palacio vs. Grimaldi
Plainedge's Dan Spurgeon is now 49-0, notching a 7-4 decision over South Glen Falls' Stephen Lumley.
Spurgeon is the first state finalist for the Red Devils since Jamie Sgaglione (119 lbs) in 2003.
Longwood's Dylen Seybolt dropped a 5-3 decision to Carthage's Shayne Brady.
Final: Spurgeon vs. Brady
Suffolk runner-up Nick Bellanza squeaked by Plainedge's Andrew Jones, 3-2, and will face Jacob Berkowitz of Scarsdale. Berkowitz upset the top seed, McZiggy Richards of Wingate, 3-1.
Final: Bellanza vs. Berkowitz
Top seed Tony Fusco (36-0) of Shenendehowa scored a technical fall over Islip's Zac Conner, 18-3. Fusco took fourth last year at 189 pounds.
Reggie Williams of Johnson City defeated Brockport's Jesse Kozub, 7-4.
Final: Fusco vs. Williams
In one of the rare non-Long Island semis, Josh Lackey of Fairport and Max Antone of Niagara Wheatfield moved on to the final.
Final: Lackey vs. Antone
Syosset's Evan Kappatos moved to the final with a 3-2 win over top seed Ethan Stanley of Saugerties.
In match of Section II qualifiers, Columbia's El Shaddai Gilmore scored a 4-2 win over Shenendehowa's Cole Lampman.
Final: Kappatos vs. Gilmore
The semis, after almost three hours are now complete. The championship begin at 6 p.m., with Jose Rodriguez kicking things off in Division I and Locust Valley's Nick Casella (99lbs) as LI's sole D-II representative.
If Casella wins, he would be the first state champion from Locust Valley since Richard Pidgeon in 1985--- that was back when the championships were not split into two divisions.