Another one of Section 1’s best has been lost for the season to injury, as Ketcham’s Brad Marvin confirmed on Thursday. The 160-pound senior suffered an LCL injury early in the season, and then tore it while wrestling in the Yonkers tournament a couple of weeks ago.
For those unfamiliar with an LCL injury — which is less common than the more well-known ACL and MCL injuries — it is the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of the knee, which stabilizes it side-to-side. Dr. Thomas Hobson tells me that it takes at least a month to heal, but says that a wrestler would likely need a few more weeks due to the stress that the sport puts on the knee. That puts a return for the postseason, which begins in a week and a half, out of the question.
Marvin’s injury weakens a deep field at 160. A formidable top four has been downsized to three, with Somers senior Dom Celli, North Rockland senior Nick Didio and Horace Greeley senior Mitch Klein now left as the top contenders. It also makes the No. 1 seed at that weight more valuable, because the other two would likely run into each other in the semis.
Marvin will continue his wrestling career at SUNY Oneonta next year. He is the third Section 1 title contender to have his high school career ended abruptly this season, joining New Rochelle senior Nick Barbaria (torn meniscus) and Arlington senior Nick Tolli (fractured wrist).
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