Somers junior Brian Realbuto is on his way cementing his legacy as perhaps the greatest wrestler in the history of Section 1.
Realbuto pinned Salesian’s Josh Tusaneza in 15 seconds at the Eric D’Agnese tournament today, giving him an even 200 wins for his career. He is now only one of two wrestlers in the history of the section to reach that milestone, along with Beacon’s Ryan Tompkins.
Tompkins’ record is 228, which Realbuto should have an opportunity to break before season’s end. It’s really incredible to think that he could enter his senior season as Section 1’s all-time wins leader.
“He’s put together one of the greatest careers ever seen by a Section 1 wrestler — by far,” coach Dennis DiSanto said. “I’ve been coaching a long time, and you always have wrestlers who define an era that you’re coaching. He’s definitely taken it to another level.”
Said Realbuto, “I don’t really think about it like that—at least I try not to. I’m still wrestling and I have a lot more to accomplish.”
I’ll be covering tomorrow’s finals at Somers, so I’ll get a chance to see Realbuto firsthand. My full story on Realbuto’s accomplishment, along with my wrestling notebook, will be featured in tomorrow’s paper.
I’ll be back tomorrow, but until then I’ll leave you with some food for thought.
When it’s all said and done, where will Brian Realbuto stand in terms of all-time great Section 1 wrestlers? How will you remember him?