Eight local wrestlers will vie for berths in the state tournament in Sunday’s Section 1 Division 1 semifinals at West Nyack’s Clarkstown South High School, having advanced Saturday at Arlington High School.
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m., with finals beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tournament winners and wild cards advance to the state tournament, which will be held Feb. 27-28 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
John Jay will be represented Sunday by Randy Earl (106 pounds), Jay Albis (113), Grant Frederick (145) and Brandon White (182). Ulises Olmedo (106) and Brady Robin (138) will be competing for Arlington. Danny Murphy (145) will wrestle for Ketcham, while Justice Warner (220) will take to the mats for Beacon.
Earl will face John Jay Cross River’s Matthew Krammer in Sunday’s semifinal, while Olmedo faces North Rockland’s Anthony Sulla on the other side of the bracket. Albis will face Scarsdale’s Michael DaBramo.
Frederick will face the host Rams’ Chris Hiep in one 145 semifinal. On the other side of the bracket, Murphy will battle Brewster’s Nick McGill. White will wrestle top-seeded Mike DiNardo of Mahopac in a semifinal at 182.
“I think they all have a really good chance,” John Jay coach Jamie Weaver said of the Patriots’ semifinalists. “Each of them wrestled really well.”
Earl first beat Alex Goldberg of Brewster by pinfall at 0:36 in the opening round. He then pinned Christian Williams of Mount Vernon in 2:45 to make the semifinals.
Albis pinned Bryam Huayllasaca of Sleepy Hollow at 0:56, and he advanced to the semifinals with a pinfall victory over John Burns of Brewster.
Frederick first pinned Anthony Sasso of Horace Greeley in 1:15 in he opening round, and he then picked up another win by pinfall over Carmel’s Greg Purdy in 5:10 in the quarterfinals.
White beat Mike Consiglio of Roy C. Ketcham by pinfall in 0:53, and he followed with a 7-4 win by decision over Tyrone Jackson of Suffern.
“They can all do it, get to that next level,” Weaver said. “It’s just a matter of them believing in themselves.”
Olmedo first beat Mark Rigano of Harrison with a 12-3 decision, and went on to beat Graham Roediger of Somers, 15-1 to move on the semifinals.
Murphy topped Steven Torres of Clarkstown North by pinfall in 3:19, and he advanced to the semifinals with a 10-4 decision over Brewster’s Nick McGill.
Robin faces East Ramapo’s Romello Bradley. Robin lost in the 113 final a year ago to Albis. Robin beat Connor Thomas of Yorktown by an 8-0 decision in a quarterfinal Saturday.
Arlington coach Fred Perry said Robin and Olmedo competed with confidence.
“I thought they both wrestled smart matches, which is important,” he said. “I think they have the potential to do very well.”
Warner advanced to the semifinals, beating Hendrick Hudson’s Matt Kempski by pinfall in 0:52, and he beat Scarsdale’s Ethan Raff with a 6-4 decision in a quarterfinal.
Ketcham’s Murphy Wilson won his 100th career match in consolation bracket.
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