No team had a more frustrating Section II Wrestling Championships than Columbia.
The Blue Devils, who lost significant potential team points in the Division I team chase when two of their best wrestlers lost by disqualification, got some good news Wednesday when they had a pair of wrestlers added to the state tourney brackets.
Brothers Jim and Johnny Devine earned at-large berths for next weekend’s Division I tournament through a formula that awards points on won-lost record and past postseason performance.
“It’s nice for them. They deserve it,” said Columbia coach Anthony Servidone. “The reason we go and try to get the best competition is so our wrestlers can get points and qualify for states, if they don’t win sectionals.”
Jimmy Devine got the second at-large spot at 145 pounds after losing to Joey Butler of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Sunday’s final. The senior takes a 44-4 record into the state event.
His brother grabbed the fourth and final wild-card entry at 106. The freshman finished second to two-time champ Josh LoGiudice of Guilderland in the sectional finals.
Saratoga Springs also had a pair of wrestlers added to the DI event in 120-pounder Dominic Inzana and 285-pounder Matt Holton.
“We figured Dominic would get in because of his placings in sectionals,” said Blue Streaks coach Kris West of the junior, who owns the school record for career wins. “He’s accumulated a lot of points.”
Holton moved up from 220 for the postseason, and got to the DI final.
“There are always a lot of seniors at that weight , so a lot of place finishers from the year before have graduated,” West said. “It’s like 99 [pounds], you never know who will be there.”
Inzana is the No. 2 wild card in his weight. Holton is the No. 4.
Also added to the DI tournament were three-time Section II finalist Anthony Sgorrano of South Glens Falls (99), Shenendehowa soph Kevin Parker (138), and returning state sixth-place finisher Franky Nassivera (170) of Queensbury.
Luis Weierbach of Hoosick Falls, a returning state champ who lost to Albany Academy’s Matt Morris in the DII 120 final Sunday, got one of Section II’s five at-large bids for the small-school event.
Also making the cut in DII were Galway’s Steven Culbert (145), Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George freshman Jason Hoffman (145), Granville’s Brad Perry (152) and Cohoes’ 285 Nick Scott.