While the wild cards were released late last night to section officials across the state, they didn’t become official until 5 p.m. today. I was asked by section coordinator Eric Romanino to hold them until now in the event that any changes were made, and I respected those wishes. It’s a good thing I did, because there have been some last minute changes.
I can now tell you that Section 1 received nine at-large bids into the state tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany on Feb. 22-23 – eight in Division 1, and one in Division 2. The seeds will be announced on Sunday.
Here are the wrestlers that received at-large wild card bids:
120 – Alex Delacruz, Jr., Ossining
120 – Blaise Benderoth, Soph., North Rockland
132 – Jake DiMarsico, Sr., North Rockland
138 – Colby Kash, Sr., Clarkstown North
145 – Brad Marvin, Soph., Ketcham
195 – Scott Wymbs, Sr., Horace Greeley
220 – Trent Lofaro, Sr., Ossining
285 – David Varian, Sr., Yorktown
120 – Anthony Calvano, Sr., Nanuet
While Section 1 received nine at-large bids, there are four others who were selected as alternates. The top four wild cards from each weight class get into the tournament automatically, but others are selected in case someone has to drop out. If you see an A5 listed next to a wrestler’s name, that means he is the first alternate in his weight class. If you see A6, that means that two wrestlers would need to drop out for that wrestler to get in.
Here are the wrestlers that were selected as alternates:
106 – Jon Errico, Soph., Byram Hills (A5)
106 – Tyler Aslanian, Jr., Edgemont (A6)
126 – Joe Dillon, Jr., Nanuet (A6)
138 – Kyle Kelvas, Sr., Putnam Valley (A6)