After receiving a total of nine wild cards for the New York State Wrestling Championships last season, Section 1 got only four at-large bids this year — all in Division 1 (large schools).
Fox Lane senior Brandon Fay (106 pounds), Brewster senior Liam Erickson (138), Tappan Zee senior John Hartnett (220) and North Rockland senior Conner Reigottie (285) were each awarded a wild card to compete in this year’s state tournament, which will be held at the Times Union Center in Albany on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Erickson and Hartnett were expected to be selected as past section champs, and Fay seemed to have a good chance as a two-time section finalist. Reigottie’s selection was probably the biggest surprise, but he declined the bid due to a neck injury that has worsened.
“Unfortunately, Conner’s been dealing with a chronic neck injury all season,” North Rockland coach Jeff Swick said. “Despite numerous visits to the doctor and extensive rehab efforts, he is not going to be able to compete.”
There were also eight Section 1 wrestlers named as alternates in Division 1, meaning that they would need at least one wrestler to drop out of the tourney in order to get in. Those were North Rockland sophomore Anthony Sulla (99), Arlington sophomore Brady Robin (113), Somers senior Dom Celli (160), Mahopac junior Ryan Delahanty (220), Suffern juniors Daiton Powell (126) and Peter Pjetri (182), and Greeley senior Mitch Klein (160) and junior Brock Cvijanovich (195). Sulla, Powell and Celli are first alternates, while the rest are second alternates.