With no dual meets on the schedule for today, this seems like a perfect time to fill you in on all of the details for the Eastern States Classic this weekend at Sullivan Community College in Loch Sheldrake. I’m happy to announce that I have booked my hotel room (which was no easy task; everything within 15 miles is pretty much taken), and will be there on both Friday and Saturday to cover all of the action involving local wrestlers.
This tournament has become one of the biggest on the East Coast, attracting many of the top wrestlers from the northeast. You could argue that it’s more difficult to win a title at Eastern States than it is to win a state title because you not only have the top D1 and D2 wrestlers combined into the same tourney, but you also have quality guys competing from outside of New York state. Just look at Somers’ Dylan Realbuto. He won a state title last season, but had placed second as the ESC earlier in the year.
Tournament director Jeff Cuilty emailed me some details which should be very helpful. I’ll give you guys the schedule for both days, plus a list of local teams and notable wrestlers who will be competing. For those planning to attend, the cost is either $12 for a one day pass or $18 for both sessions. Seniors and students pay $5 for the one day pass and $10 for both sessions. For results and brackets, go to escapesports.com, but of course, I’ll be posting local results right here throughout each day. The seeds will be released to the media late Wednesday night, so stay tuned for those.
7 a.m. – Doors open
10:40 a.m. – Preliminaries (round of 64)
11:25 a.m. – Round of 32
3:45 p.m. – Consolation round one
4:45 p.m. – Round of 16 & consolation round two
7:15 p.m. – Consolation round three
8 a.m. – Doors open
9:15 a.m. – Quarterfinals & consolation round four
11:30 a.m. – Consolation round five
1 p.m. – Semis & consolation round six
2:45 a.m. – Consolation semis
4:15 p.m. – Finals & consolation finals (first-place, third-place, fifth-place, seventh-place)
7 p.m. – Approximate end time
Local teams competing: Ardsley, Arlington, Beacon, Brewster, Byram Hills, Clarkstown North, Edgemont, Fordham Prep, Fox Lane, Hackley, Horace Greeley, John Jay-CR, John Jay-EF, Mahopac, Nanuet, New Rochelle, North Rockland, Ossining, Pearl River, Port Chester, Putnam Valley, Ketcham, Scarsdale, Somers, Suffern and Yorktown.
Returning Eastern States place winners (listed at registered weight class)
106 – Nick Barbaria, Jr., New Rochelle (second at 99); Kevin Rodriguez, Sr., Port Chester (eighth at 99)
120 – Blaise Benderoth, Soph., North Rockland (eighth at 106); Trey Aslanian, Sr., Edgemont (DNP in ’12; sixth at 103 in ’11); Anthony Calvano, Sr., Nanuet (DNP in ’12; eighth at 112 in ’11); Alex Delacruz, Jr., Ossining (DNP in ’12; eight at 103 in ’11)
126 – Dylan Realbuto, Sr, Somers (second at 113 in ’12; first at 96 in ’11); Joe Dillon, Jr., Nanuet (seventh at 99)
220 – Dan Breit, Sr., Nanuet (sixth at 195)