| NEW YORK STATE CROWNS TWO NHSCA SR. CHAMPIONS:
Dylan Palacio & Tony Lock
By Jim & Tony Nordland
New York State crowned two HS national champions at the 23rd annual NHSCA Senior National Championships held at the Virginia Convention Center in Virginia Beach. Winning titles were Long Beach's Dylan Palacio (47-0, 219-8 career) and Tony Lock (57-0, 201-41) of upstate Pioneer HS. Palacio won six bouts en route to the 152-pound title and in the finals he posted a solid 6-2 decision over Georgia's Austin Trott. Lock edged Oklahoma's Nolan Boyd with an exciting 5-4 overtime victory to claim the 182-pound championship.
The Empire State had a fine showing as they tallied 191 points and finished as runners-up behind team champion California (240.5). The New York squad placed ahead of New Jersey (159.5), Michigan (141.5) and Kansas who finished with 138.5 points. New York totaled 9 HS All-Americans, including state champion Sean McCabe (Connetquot HS) who dropped a close 7-4 match to California's Josh Rodriquez in the 120-pound championship bout. McCabe stunned Kaleeb LeMaire (Delaware) with a fall at the 5 minute mark in the semifinals.
Other All Americans for Team New York included: Brentwood's Eric Orellana (3rd), Krishna Sewkumar (5th) of Long Beach and Jim Gill (7th) of St. John the Baptist, all were entered in the 106-pound class. Also claiming AA honors were: Long Beach's Mark Raghunandan (5th) and Pat Skinner (8th) of Kellenberg, both at 113 pounds, along with New York State champion James Dekrone (John Glenn) who finished 5th in the 138-pound class.
The best showing ever for a New York State team was in 2005 when they won the NHSCA Championships and were paced by HS and NCAA champion Troy Nickerson (125). In that year, the Empire State finished with a record 15 HS All-Americans and upended defending team champion Ohio 222 to 210.5. Long Beach HS produced three high school All-Americans and is the first high school in the state to claim that distinction. Congratulations to coach Ray Adams and the Marines on that outstanding feat. In the NHSCA Junior Nationals, New York finished in third place with 183.5 points and were edged by team champion PA (189) and Virginia (186). Wantagh's Chris Araoz won six bouts, including a 6-3 win over Philip Anderson (Georgia) to claim the 120-pound NHSCA junior crown, his teammate Dan McDevitt finished fifth at 138 pounds.
|PALACIO AND LOCK WIN HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NATIONALS ARAOZ WINS JUNIORS|