In terms of facing proven opponents in the first round, Section 1 lucked out. Only four locals—Ryan Osleeb, Dan Manley, Greg Canaparo, Kevin Davidson—will see first-round opponents that placed in the state last year. Two of them, however, are state champions.
Kevin Davidson drew the toughest assignment. His prize for upsetting Udit Thakur in the 135 championship is a date with Fordham Prep’s Andrew Lenzi. Lenzi, of course, came out of nowhere last year to win a state title and subsequently The Journal News wrestler of the year.
Meanwhile Thakur, who got into states via a wild card, is seeded six places higher than Davidson and gets a much less daunting first-round assignment. However, should he win he will need to beat No. 1 seed Ali Hasan to make it to the second day.
Ardsley’s Dan Manley is the other unlucky one. He must face No. 2 seed Alex Ekstrom, another champion. Ekstrom, from Section 5, is 46-2. Unbelievably, he’s a wild card. That’s because one of his two losses was to top seed Ian Paddock in the sectional tournament. Ekstrom’s 46-2 looks superb until you see that Paddock is 50-0.
North Salem’s Ryan Osleeb drew Tioga’s Corey Spires. Spires was sixth in the state last year. Like Thakur, Osleeb’s real challenge here is in the second round. He’s got to get past No. 1 Matt Peters to make Day 2.
At 125 pounds in Division II, both locals have their work cut out for them. Michael Kane got in on a wild card even though he took third at sections. Predictably he is seeded 16th (i.e. last). He is a major underdog against Greene’s Nick Wilcox. Section champ Greg Canaparodidn’t get much better. He’s the 15-seed, and drew 46-1 Sean Hanson. Hanson was 4th in the state last year.