Last year Corning wrestler Jimmy Overhiser turned in a somewhat surprising fourth-place finish at the New York state championships.
Overhiser, now a sophomore and back in the state meet for the second time, has his sights set on even better spot on the medals podium this weekend.
“Last year I had no expectations going in,” he said after capturing his second consecutive Division I 106-pound title at the Section 4 championships. “I blew everyone’s mind and took fourth. This year everyone’s thinking I’m going to be in the finals, place in the top three at least.
“I’ve got to go in there and, unlike last year, prove them right this time. I’ve got to be up high on that podium. I want to be on top and take it all.”
Overhiser will be joined at the championships by Elmira junior Curtis Grant in Division I, and Waverly junior Ryan Wolcott and Odessa-Montour sophomore Joe Rorick in Division II. The two-day tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany begins today and concludes Saturday.
Overhiser brings a 36-3 record into the event and opens against sophomore Adam Gomez of Benjamin Cardozo.
Last year Overhiser picked up a first-round victory before losing in the quarterfinals. He then won three matches before dropping the third-place match by a 3-0 score.
Grant is also back at states for the second consecutive year after receiving an at-large bid following his 9-8 loss to Nick Bidwell of Johnson City in the Section 4 138-pound finals in Division I.
Last year Grant won a Section 4 title at 132 pounds, then struggled at the state meet, losing both of his matches decisively. Grant, whose loss at sectionals was the result of penalty points, opens against Chris Powers of Mount Sinai.
Wolcott brings a 34-0 record into states, including 23 victories by pinfall. This is the third consecutive appearance at states for Wolcott, who will wrestle at 220 pounds after competing at 135 as a freshman and 170 last year.
Last year Wolcott won in the first round before losing in the quarterfinals. He bounced back for one victory in the consolation round before he was eliminated. That was an improvement from 2011, when Wolcott lost both of his matches by one point.
Rorick was among nine Division II wrestlers from Section 4 to receive at-large state berths after he lost, 9-2, to Chris Cirigliano of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton in the 106-pound final at sectionals. Rorick’s first match is against Alpha Diallo of Brooklyn International.
He is the first wrestler from Odessa-Montour to compete at states since three-time sectional champion Troy Monks in 1983, 1984 and 1985.