Long Island wrestlers have dominated at the 50th annual NYS Wrestling Championships and Suffolk, Nassau and the CHSAA sections have a combined total of 25 semifinalists. Longwood has four semifinalists: the Rasheed brothers: Malik (32-5) at 138, Corey (34-5) at 145, Nick Hall (34-2) at 152 and Dylen Seybolt (33-3) at 170 pounds. At 99 pounds Alex Tanzman (45-1) spladled Steven Lee and secured the fall at the 1:28 mark, state finalist James Dekrone (42-4) posted a tech fall over Tom Grippi (Fox Lane-1), 16-2, at 138, Zak Mullen (46-3) scored with a strong double leg lift takedown to defeat Joe Cataldo (43-6), 7-3, in a hard-fought quarterfinal battle at 160 and will now face Tyler Grimaldi (48-1), a 10-5 winner over Nick Woodworth (35-3) of Fulton-3.
Top-seeded Dylan Palacio used a series of takedowns, rolls and tilts en route to a solid 13-2 major decision over Zach Colgan (JCity-4) at 160 and another #1 ranked wrestler Dan Spurgeon used his bar/arm and pinned Steve Sabella (Yorktown-1) in 2:51 to advance to the 170-pound semifinal.
In the loaded 132-pound lower bracket #2 seeded Nick Kelley (43-0) of Section Two power Shenendehowa scored with single takedowns and blanked Hauppauge's Nick Mauriello (41-3) at 132. The top-seed Dan Ventura (43-5) was upset by Dylan Cohen (39-6) of Williamsville South-6, 9-5. Marquee semifinal will see Jamel Hudson (35-1), 17-2 winner, of St. Anthony's pitted against the aforementioned Kelley.
Defending state champions that advanced to the semifinals were Kyle Kelly (34-0) of Chenango Forks-4 at 99, James Kloc (40-1) of Iroquois-6 at 145 and two-time champion Brian Realbuto ( 45-1) of Somers-1 who used his double leg and fireman's carry takedowns to coast to a 22-6 tech fall at 152 pounds.
In the Divsion II Championships, Section Three is the team leader with 118 points over Section Five (114.5), Section Six (98.5), Section Four (94.5) and Section Two with 79 points.
Reigning champions that advanced to the semifinal round were: William Koll (34-1) of Lansing-4 at 113, Nick Tighe (45-2) of Phoenix-3 at 126, three-time titlist Quinton Murphy (57-0) of Holley-5 at 138 and two-time winner Chris Nevinger (49-0) of Letchworth-5, a 17-1 winner, in the 160-pound class.