To accomplish their goal of winning a state championship, several Section II wrestlers will have to go through familiar opponents.
One of those renewals of acquaintances will come when third-seeded Cole Lampman of Shenendehowa and El Shaddai Gilmore-VanHoesen of Columbia meet in the semifinals at 285 pounds when the New York state tournament resumes this morning at 10 at the Times Union Center.
Lampman, top-seeded Tony Fusco (195) and second-seeded Nick Kelley (132) give Shenendehowa three of Section II’s seven semifinalists in the Division I tournament. Columbia got a second in the semis when Evan Wallace pulled off a double-overtime win in the 145 quarters.
Returning third-place finisher Brandon Lapi of Amsterdam (113) and South Glens Falls senior Stephen Lumley (170) are the other DI semifinalists from the Capital Region.
Duanesburg senior Curt Rowley (132) is one of five local DII wrestlers who still have championship hopes. Aaron Dudley (160) of Hudson Falls, Whitehall senior Zach Diekel (195), Alex Soutiere (285) of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Luis Weiebach of Hoosick Falls (99) also got to the small-school semis.
“Looks like I’ll see one of my buddies from Section II again,” said Lampman, fifth a year ago, after a pin and an 8-0 win got him into the semis against Gilmore-Van
Hoesen, whom he beat, 5-1, in their Suburban Council dual meet. “I know what El Shaddai likes to do. I know how he wrestles.
“Last year, I lost in the quarters and I was devastated. This is huge for me.”
Gilmore-VanHoesen is also looking forward to the rematch.
“This is the state tournament. Anything can happen,” said the 11th-grader, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in his earlier match with Lampman. “I’m going to keep going one match at a time. After the first match, it was one down, three to go. Now, it’s two down, two to go, and I’m hoping to make it three down, one to go.”
The third member of the Section II trio of 285s, Mohonasen senior Cory Quintana, the No. 2 seed who beat both Lampman and Gilmore-VanHoesen in the Section II Championships, lost both of his matches. A shoulder injury limited Quintana’s effectiveness.
“He tried to battle through it,” said Mohonasen coach Sean Daley of the Rotterdam school’s first state tourney qualifier since 1983. “I told him it was OK. He went out there and gave it a shot.”
Fusco went to 35-0 this season by getting to the semis, leaving him with a potential final with Johnson City’s Reggie Williams. Fusco beat Williams in the finals of the Spencerport Tournament and in the semifinals of the Eastern States Classic.
“I’m just going one at a time,” said Fusco, fourth a year ago, who saw three top seeds and five second seeds not reach the semis. “Everyone here is a good wrestler. Right now, I just want to go home and rest.”
Kelley sported a gash along his left eyebrow after a 5-0 win over Nick Mauriello that put him into a semi against fellow unbeaten and returning place finisher Jamel Hudson of St. Anthony’s.
“I think I took a shot and hit his knee,” said the 43-0 Kelley, who was seeded second to returning runner-up Dan Ventura, who was upset in the quarters.
“I’m wrestling a lot better than I was in sectionals,” said Kelley. “I had wrestled him before, and I know he’s good right off the rip, but he gets tired. I knew I had to wear him out.”
Lapi turned in 6-2 and 5-2 wins to get to his second straight state semi. With the top two in his weight class losing in the quarters, Lapi, at No. 3, is the top remaining seed at his weight.
“I’ve just got to keep my thoughts together, go out there and win,” said the 10th-grader.
Also falling in the early rounds of the DI tournament were returning state champ Connor Sutton of LaSalle, the No. 4 seed at 160, and 2011 runner-up Matt Lashway of Queensbury, the No. 2 seed at 182. Both are alive in wrestlebacks, as are Shenendehowa’s David Almaviva at 138, Dominic Inzana (106) of Saratoga Springs and Columbia’s Matt Greene (126) and Angelo Kress.
Shenendehowa 11th-grader Corey Ali (106 pounds) was the only scratch Friday in either tournament when he didn’t make weight.
Rowley got his 191st and 192nd career wins in getting to the semis in DII. He followed a pin with a 9-0 win over Tom Page of Eden (Section VI).
“I knew Page was the big match,” said Rowley, who wants to add to Joe Bena’s list of state champions. “It’s my last year with coach Bena, and I want to do something to pay him back for all he’s done for me.”
Rowley’s teammate, Dallas Mesick, was not so fortunate in his second state tournament, getting eliminated by Salem’s Tyler Morris, a repeat of their Section II final.
Schalmont freshman Nick Gallo came back from a quarterfinal loss with a win in wrestlebacks.
Dudley and classmate Noah Valastro (126) are shooting for their second state top-six finishes as they close careers that have seen them both pass 200 wins.
Diekel, another 200-plus winner, can secure his fourth consecutive top-six finish with a win over Section II champ Austyn Hayes. Hayes scored a 10-1 win when they met in the semis at the Eastern States.
Both the Division I and II teams stand fifth in the team scoring, both with 79 points.
99 — Kyle Kelley (Chenango Forks-IV) vs. Nick Barbaria (New Rochelle-I); Jose Rodriguez (Wantagh-VIII) vs. Alex Tanzman (Westhampton Beach-VIII). 106 — Nick Piccinnini (Ward Melville-XI) vs. Anthony Orefice (Lockport-VI); Krishna Sewkumar (Long Beach-VIII) vs. Justin Cooksey (MacArthur-VIII). 113 — Robert Person (Bellmore JFK-VIII) vs. Vincent Deprez (Hilton-V); Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam-II) vs. Dylan Realbuto (Somers-I). 120 — Justin Corrandino (Warwick Valley-IX) vs. Brady Baron (Pittsford-V); Steve Michel (Lancaster-VI) vs. Sean McCabe (Connetquot-XI). 126 — Sam Speno (Fox Lane-I) vs. Alec Dierna (Webster-Schroeder-V); Mike Lofrese (Garden City-VIII) vs. Maverick Passero (Eastport-South Manor-XI). 132 — Dylan Cohen (Williamsville East-VI) vs. Nick Cegelski (Penfield-V); Jamel Hudson (St. Anthony’s-C) vs. Nick Kelley (Shenendehowa-II). 138 — Dan McDevitt (Wantagh-VIII) vs. James Dekrone (John Glenn-XI); Alexis Blanco (Brentwood-XI) vs. Malik Rasheed (Longwood-XI) 145 — James Kloc (Iroquois-VI) vs. Evan Wallace (Columbia-II); Mike Caputo (North Rockland-I) vs. Corey Rasheed (Longwood-XI).
152 — Brian Realbuto (Somers-I) vs. John Maier (Brockport-V); John Keck (Shoreham Wading River-XI) vs. Nick Hall (Longwood-XI). 160 — Dylan Palacio (Long Beach-VIII) vs. Frank Affronti (Wayne-V); Zak Mullen (Shoreham Wading River-XI) vs. Tyler Grimaldi (Half Hollow Hills West-XI) 170 — Dan Spurgeon (Plainedge-VIII) vs. Stephen Lumley (South Glens Falls-II); Shayne Brady (Carthage-III) vs. Dylan Seybolt (Longwood-XI). 182 — McZiggy Richards (Wingate-P) vs. Jacob Berkowitz (Scarsdale-I); Andrew Jones (Plainedge-VIII) vs. Nick Bellanza (John Glenn-XI). 195 — Tony Fusco (Shenendeowa-II) vs. Zac Conner (Islip-XI); Jesse Kozub (Brockport-V) vs. Reggie Williams (Johnson City-IV). 220 — Josh Lackey (Fairport-V) vs. Patryk Kopcynski (Brooklyn Tech-P); Derrek Dalton (Indian River-III) vs. Max Antone (Niagara Wheatfield-VI). 285 — Ethan Stanley (Saugerties-IX) vs. Evan Kappatos (Syosset-VIII); Cole Lampman (Shenendehowa-II) vs El Shaddai Gilmore-VanHoesen (Columbia-II)
99 — Nick Casella (Locust Valley-VIII) vs. Luis Weierbach (Hoosick Falls-II); Alex Harringshaw (Holland Patent-III) vs Tony Recco (Lyndonville-V). 106 — Lucas Malmberg (Marathon-IV) vs. Drew Marra (Olean-VI); Cheick Ndiaye (Brooklyn International-P) vs. Ryan Snow (General Brown-III). 113 — William Koll (Lansing-IV) vs. Sean Peacock (Midlakes-V); Austin Keough (Warswaw-V) vs. John Aslanian (Edgemont-I). 120 — Sam Recco (Lyndonville-V) vs. Pat Webster (Adirondack-III); Scott Stafford (Sidney-IV) vs; Jeff O’Lena (East Rochester-V). 126 — Nick Tighe (Phoenix-III) vs. Corey Dake (Lansing-IV); Dylan Rifenburg (Palmyra-Macedon-V) vs. Renaldo Rodriguez (Cheektowaga-VI). 132 — Wesley Blanding (Chittenango-III) vs. Connor Lapresi (Lansing-IV); Jessy Williams (Windsor-IV) vs. Curt Rowley (Duanesburg-II). 138 — Quinton Murphy (Holley-V) vs. Dan Reagan (Lewiston-Porter-VI); Isaiah Riccio (Beaver River-III) vs. Anthony Finnocchiaro (Canastota-III). 145 — Mitch Janes (Port Byron-III) vs. Drew Hull (Royalton-Hartland-VI); Jake Baer (Olean-VI) vs. Tyler Button (Phoenix-III)
152 — Ben Haas (Salamanca-VI) vs. Tyler Newton (Bolivar-Richburg-V); Tristan Hamner (Medina-VI) vs; Derek Pfluger (Sandy Creek-III). 160 — Chris Nevinger (Letchworth-V) vs. Tyler Silverthorn (General Brown-III); Aaron Dudley (Hudson Falls-II) vs; Jared Soule (Sandy Creek-III). 170 — Nick Mitchell (Frewsburg-VI) vs. Troy Seymour (Peru-VII); Zack Zupan (Canastota-III) vs. Marcus Dwaileebe (Olean-VI). 182 — Tony Lock (Pioneer-VI) vs. Andy Martinez (Liberty-IX); Tom Schaefer (Warsaw-V) vs Keegen Cerwinski (Greene-IV). 195 — Bryce Mazurowski (Avon-V) vs. Ben Perry (Saranac-VII); Zach Diekel (Whitehall-II) vs. Austyn Hayes (Phoenix-III). 220 — Kyle Stanton (Greene-IV) vs. Travis Harvey (Alfred-Almond-V); Zack Bacon (Hornell-V) vs. Nick Talcott (Tioga-IV). 285 — Kacee Sauer (Holley-V) vs. Alex Soutiere (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk-II); Matt Montesanti (Medina-VI) vs. Hayden Head (Beekmantown-VII).