Good morning all! I’m getting ready to hit the road and make my way to Albany for the first day of the New York state wrestling championships at the Times Union Center, but I wanted to share my story from today’s paper. This year’s championships feel especially exciting because there is a lot of uncertainty, and quite a few wrestlers who have the upside to make some noise. In my first few years on the wrestling beat, it always felt like Somers grad Brian Realbuto was the most likely state champ from Section 1, but this year it’s a bit more wide open. Yesterday, I handicapped the odds for the top 10 guys who I believe have the best shots at winning the whole thing this weekend.
We’ll be providing full coverage all weekend, which includes videos, photos, results, recaps and live updates. I’ll be posting on the blog often, but the best way to stay up to the minute is to follow me on Twitter @vzmercogliano. Wrestling will run through the quarterfinals (plus a whole bunch of wrestle backs) today, before picking back up with the semis tomorrow morning. Good luck to all of the locals who will be competing!