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Uniondale's Xavier Pommels at Day 2 of the state wrestling tournament

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels defeated Mike Blando of Massapequa in a Division I 132-pound semifinal at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. He then fell to Alex Samson of Victor in the final.

Mike Blando, Massapequa vs Xavier Pommels, Unindale in
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels wrestles Mike Blando of Massapequa in a Division I 132-pound semifinal at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Mike Blando, Massapequa vs Xavier Pommels, Unindale in
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels wrestles Mike Blando of Massapequa in a Division I 132-pound semifinal at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Mike Blando, Massapequa vs Xavier Pommels, Unindale in
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels wrestles Mike Blando of Massapequa in a Division I 132-pound semifinal at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Mike Blando, Massapequa vs Xavier Pommels, Unindale in
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels wrestles Mike Blando of Massapequa in a Division I 132-pound semifinal at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels raises the arm of Mike
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Uniondale's Xavier Pommels raises the arm of Mike Blando of Massapequa, a friend and rival of his, after Pommels beat Blando in a Division I 132-pound semifinal at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor in the 132LB.Div 1 final of the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Arena in Albany, NY on Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

Xavier Pommels, Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson,Victor
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Xavier Pommels of Uniondale is defeated by Alex Samson of Victor in the Division I 132-pound final at the 2019 NYSPHSAA State Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

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