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UPDATE 2:07: Castro indeed lost and will wrestle for fifth.
Just Gecaj left for the consi semis.
UPDATE 1:59: Another low-scoring affair for Wang, but this time he gets away with it and wins 2-0. He’ll wrestle for third.
Castro is down 5-1 in the closing seconds.
UPDATE 1:50: A loss for Genovesi.
Wang is winning, though, 2-0 in the third.
UPDATE 1:45: Genovesi is taken down at the first-period whistle.
UPDATE 1:43: Genovesi is going.
UPDATE 1:41: Looks like Tompkins’s opponent is surrendering with an injury. So Tompkins will get a shot to improve his 4th-place finish from last year.
UPDATE 1:40: Tompkins is up 3-0 in the third.
UPDATE 1:35: Section 1’s 19 place finishers this year are three more than last year. DI placed one more guy. DII placed two more.
Tompkins is scoreless halfway through his match.
UPDATE 1:25: Here’s what’s happening to the place finishers so far. Next to the wrestler’s name is the place they will wrestle for in their final match. Guys with ? by their name haven’t wrestled their consi semi yet.
96 – Parise 5/6; Caputo 5/6
103 – Kramer 3/4
112 – Realbuto 3/4
119 – Watterson 3/4
125 – Flamio 1/2; Rodrigues 3/4
130 – Stauber 5/6
135 – Lenzi 1/2
145 – Tomkins ?
160 – Genovesi ?
285 – Gecaj ?
96 – Longo 1/2; Aslanian 5/6
103 – Kyreakedes 5/6
119 – Gottfried 1/2
125 – Osleeb 5/6
160 – Wang ?
215 – Castro ?
UPDATE 1:23: Osleeb shut out 7-0.
UPDATE 1:20: Stauber loses 9-4.
Osleeb is down 4-0 in the third.
UPDATE 1:17: Stauber down 8-2 with time running out.
Osleeb is down 1-0 to start the second. Think he gave up a penalty point.
UPDATE 1:15: Kyreakedes lost 14-4. He’ll wrestle for fifth.
Stauber is down 3-2 in the third.
UPDATE 1:12: They just announced the team standings for DI. Section 1 is in 5th place but only 1.5 points behind the CHSAA for 4th. Looks like they won’t crack the top three for the second year in a row.
Unfortunately I missed the DII team standings.
UPDATE 1:10: Rodrigues won 10-2 and will wrestle for third.
Aslanian lost 9-2.
Kyreakedes is down 6-1 in the second.
Stauber is scoreless in the second.
UPDATE 1:06: Surreal moment as I watched Sam Speno take the mat. It was like seeing a ghost, only if instead of a ghost it was a wrestler who had been eliminated. So not quite as scary. You’ll recall that Speno lost two matches and should have been out. I asked Eric Romanino, who’s been my point man the last two days, and he explained that it’s from a quirk in the rules. No CHSAA wrestler can place in the state. They can place in Federation, which is why they’re here, but not in the state. So if a CHSAA guy finishes in the top six, previous losers can wrestle back to take their place on the “state” podium. Which is what Speno was doing. He lost 6-5 however so he’s out. Again.
UPDATE 1:03: Either that ref just gave the peace sign or Kramer is the winner. After a 45-second huddle the refs determine that Kramer had enough control to earn two points, meaning he is a 4-3 winner. He goes to the consolation finals.
Aslanian is down 4-1 in the second period of his consi semi.
S-Rod is up 8-2 in his.
UPDATE 1:01: Watterson is victorious.
Kramer’s match just ended. He was down 4-3 and might have had control on a takedown at the buzzer. The refs are huddling.
UPDATE 12:59: I made a mistake earlier when I said Caputo finished sixth. He still has one match to wrestle. If he wins that one he would place fifth.
UPDATE 12:56: Realbuto gets a takedown and wins 9-7.
Kramer is down 4-3 with 1:39 left.
Watterson is up 4-2 with a minute left.
UPDATE 12:55: Realbuto is in overtime with Sean McCormick. McCormick beat Realbuto in the Eastern States final. Strange to see the top two seeds in a wrestleback.
UPDATE 12:50: Parise gives up a reverse in double OT and loses 4-2.
Realbuto is up 6-5 in the third period of his wrestleback.
Asher Kramer is down 2-0 in the second period of his.
Watterson is down 2-1 in his.
Lot going on right now.
UPDATE 12:42: Caputo falls to Section 8’s Mark Raghunandan 8-6. His day is over. You can’t complain about a sixth-place finish at states when you’re not even in high school yet.
Parise surrendered the tie and is in OT.
UPDATE 12:39: Caputo tied it 4-4 to start the third.
Parise still up 2-0 with 2:30 to go.
UPDATE 12:37: Matt Caputo is down 2-0 in a 96-pound consolation semi. Mike Parise is up 2-0 in his.
UPDATE 12:33: Think you could get Tim Gecaj off you? James Donner couldn’t either, and he’s almost as mammoth. Gecaj put every pound on Donner’s back and Donner showed no sign of standing up. Gecaj won 3-1.
Pierrette wasn’t so lucky, and lost 5-3. His surprising run is over one win short of a place finish.
UPDATE 12:23: Wang’s conservative ways get the best of him. The match went to ultimate tiebreak, where Lalone had choice of top or bottom because he scored the first point. He made the unusual move of choosing top, but it was the right one. Wang couldn’t escape, and Lalone rode him out for 30 seconds and a 2-1 win.
The good news in DII is that Castro won 5-2.
Tim Gecaj is ahead 3-1 through two in his 285 wrestleback. DII counterpart Amos Pierrette is scoreless through 2:40.
UPDATE 12:16: Another overtime for Wang, his second in three matches.
Castro scoreless after one.
UPDATE 12:14: Tied 1-1 with 1:11 left. Nick Lalone gave Wang his feet early in the third to allow the tie. They’re getting more aggressive.
Kris Castro is starting his wrestleback.
UPDATE 12:10: Despite what Coach DiChiara said about Wang opening up his offense, he didn’t fully commit to a shot until the very end of the first round. It’s 0-0.
UPDATE 12:00: Nothing doing in the third. Puca just sits on him for the 5-2 win.
Only one more Section 1 guy to go in DII—Tim Gecaj in a wrestleback.
Ray Wang should be up momentarily in DII.
UPDATE 11:57: The second period almost went by with nothing happening but Louis Puca scored two near fall points right at the end to go up 3-2 on Genovesi. Then Puca reversed him to start the third. Genovesi now down 5-2 and struggling to shake Puca off him.
UPDATE 11:53: Genovesi gets the first takedown and leads 2-1 through one period.
UPDATE 11:46: Waiting for Ray Wang and Scott Genovesi at 160…
UPDATE 11:42: That’s the final, 3-2. Top seed Andy Rodriguez of Section 11 moves on. Tompkins drops to the losers’ bracket.
UPDATE 11:40: Tompkins down 3-2 with 0:45 to go. They’re neutral.
UPDATE 11:29: The action is a little light from here on out. Section 1 only has five guys left to wrestle in this round. One of them is warming up now in Ryan Tompkins.
Still shaking my head at that Realbuto result. Weird to see him give up so many takedowns. He got aggressive at the end and was forcing the action but it was too late. You wonder if he overlooked the kid. Although McNeil was the 3-seed so I’m not sure why he would.
UPDATE 11:18: Here are those Division II team standings. Again, these do not include anything that happened today. Point total is followed by section.
UPDATE 11:16: We now have two three-time state finalists in the LoHud. Lenzi wins 10-2 and will go for his second title. Justis Flamio, the other three-time finalist, is looking for his first title.
UPDATE 11:13: It’s 6-1 Lenzi through two. He’s in injury time but seems pretty well in control.
UPDATE 11:11: Lenzi leads 4-0 on Jordan Dyer of Section 4 through one.
UPDATE 11:09: I’ll be back with Division II standings. Andrew Lenzi is up.
UPDATE 11:05: Here are the team standings as of this morning. This does not include anything that happened today. Point total is first, followed by section.
UPDATE 11:03: Section 1 is 7-9 so far today.
UPDATE 10:57: Ho hum, Gottfried sleepwalks his way to another huge win. He’s in the 119 finals after a 13-0 snoozer. In three matches he’s outscored opponents 41-2.
In a DI wrestleback, Henry Stauber prevails 5-4. Didn’t see much of this one.
In a DII wrestleback, Greg Caneparo tied the score at 3-3 with about 10 seconds left but got reversed and lost 7-3 to end his season.
UPDATE 10:53: Another takedown from Flamio and it’s all over. Flamio wins 7-2, reversing his fate from the sectional championship. Along with Longo he’s the second one to do that. They share a quick hug before a heartbroken Rodrigues walks off.
UPDATE 10:51: Flamio with a takedown and then two quick back points to go up 5-1 with 46 seconds left. With these two that ought to be plenty.
UPDATE 10:47: Gottfried dominating the No. 6 seed Conrad, 7-0.
Flamio and S-Rod goose eggs through one. Flamio on top.
UPDATE 10:43: They’re holding up some of the semifinal matches until others are finished. Not sure if that’s a good idea. Holding up matches is what caused delays yesterday.
Watterson wrestled well at teh end but his hoele was too big and he loses 9-7 to Greene.
Gottfried is up 2-0 on Kyle Conrad in a DII semi.
Flamio and Rodrigues are about to square off in a 125 DI semi.
UPDATE 10:39: No comeback for Rowe. Osleeb advances with a 5-3 victory. So far he’s 3-1 with the only loss to the 2-seed.
Watterson is slipping away in his semifinal. 7-2 Greene to start the third.
UPDATE 10:36: Watterson down 5-2 with 2:50 left.
Ryan Osleeb is in a DII wrestleback at the other end. He’s up 5-2 on Emery Rowe of Section 6.
UPDATE 10:32: Nick Oliveto is eliminated after getting pinned. He was winning 6-1, then gave it up and was down 8-6, then lost control completely.
Billy Watterson is down 2-1 to top seed Grant Greene of St. Anthony’s, a school best known for the best football on Long Island and maybe New York.
UPDATE 10:30: So, shockingly, does Realbuto, who suffers a 13-10 loss to McNeil of Section 11.
UPDATE 10:27: Kyreakedes shoots in vain as the seconds tick off and loses 5-4 to Austin Keough of Section 5. He enters the wrestlebacks.
UPDATE 10:23: Kyreakedes only down a pair, 5-3, with a minute left.
Nick Oliveto is up 2-0 in his DI wrestleback.
Realbuto down 6-2 to Nigel McNeil nearing the end of the second.
UPDATE 10:19: In a DI wrestleback, Matt Caputo won 4-0.
Speno just lost and finishes one win short of placing. Remember that he placed fifth in the state last year as a wild card while Asher Kramer, who beat him in sectionals, did not place. Now it looks like Kramer the wild card will place while Speno the sectional champ did not.
Kyreakedes down 4-0 with 2:40 t