Kevin Marcano not only knew a little Victor wrestling history, he helped make it.
“I told everyone that I would not take anything less than states,” Victor’s 120-pounder said.
Marcano earned his first trip to states as a competitor Saturday when he scored late to defeat Rush-Henrietta’s Kevin Palmeri 4-3 in the Section V SuperSectional Division I final at The College at Brockport.
“Now that I’m going, I’m estatic,” Marcano said. “The last state representative from Victor was Adam Willman (in 2010). He was best buddies with my older brother.”
Marcano and all of the SuperSectional weight class champions in Divison I and II — large and small schools — advanced to the state championships, Feb. 28-March 1 at the Albany Times Union Center.
Wrestlers still can qualify, if they receive a wild card berth on Wednesday, based on past performances and other criteria. Four wild cards in each weight class are available in the entire state.
No wild card needed for Warsaw 170-pounder Burke Paddock, a senior headed to the University of Iowa on an athletic scholarship. It was announced that Paddock’s pin of North Rose-Wolcott’s Dakota White in the Division II final was the Warsaw standout’s 300th win.
Webster Thomas and Williamson/Marion were recognized as Section V’s Earl Fuller/Frank Marotta team sportsmanship award winners, along with Terry Robert Justice Memorial recipient and Webster Thomas assistant coach Lou Lombardo, for his contributions to wrestling.
Hilton freshman Yianni Diakomihalis — the nation’s best in his weight class according to Flowrestling.org — and Alfred-Almond’s Connor Calkins were named the SuperSectionals’ outstanding wrestlers.
Diakomihalis, a state champion in 2013, will go back to Albany with his classmate and 138-pound teammate. Louie DePrez pinned Webster Schroeder’s Mike Laloggia at 5:58 of the Division I final to earn a return trip to states, where he wrestled at 120 pounds.
This is the second consecutive season that Anthony, Vincent and Louie DePrez, all brothers in the Hilton lineup, advanced.
“I’m just relieved that I can go to states again,” Louie DePrez said. “It’s exciting. It’s such a big tournament.
“My brothers have made me tougher, better as a wrestler. It’s good to go with them.”
Joe Lupisella, a 160-pound junior at Webster Schroeder, also is good to go. Lupisella improved his record to 42-5 this season, when he edged Hilton’s Mike Spallina 3-2 in the Division I final.
“Pretty pumped,” Lupisella said in-between hugs and kisses from family and friends. “I’ve been working for this, wrestling clubs since the end of last season. It feels good to have it all pay off.
“I’ve seen pictures, and I watched Yianni Diakomihalis’ state final last year on YouTube. It seems like a pretty fun atmosphere.”
Lupisella, a runner-up at the Monroe County Championships, had a dim view when it came to his chances of a wild card berth.
“They were kind of slim,” he said. “And I know you don’t get to advance into the (SuperSectional) finals every year.”
Wayne 106-pounder Luke Yankloski landed on his head during his final versus East Rochester’s Hunter O’Lena. Yankloski, technically the match winner, remained very still on the mat for at least 15 minutes.
Wayne coach Luke Baum said that Yankloski began to talk more and had feeling in his body while on the way to Strong Memorial Hospital.