LAGRANGEVILLE – There was a lot on Anthony Romero’s mind during the first day of the Division 1 Championships on Saturday.
The senior captain from East Ramapo was dealing with a cramping forearm and he was still thinking about his grandmother, who died after the divisional qualifiers last week.
But Romero, seeded ninth in the 126-pound class, battled through the pain and upset the top seed, North Rockland’s Marlon Borge, in a 6-5 decision to earn a spot in the semifinals.
“That was the toughest match I’ve ever had, but I had to push myself. I just had to do it,” he said. “I had to ignore the pain and use my mental toughness.”
Romero was not the only wrestler to knock out a top seed. In the 170 class, John Jay sophomore Evan Frank, the eighth seed, defeated top-seeded Jake Spreckman of Clarkstown South in a 4-3 decision.
Spreckman had beaten Frank twice this season, both by one-point decisions. Frank said that he knew how to approach the match going in.
“Last time, we almost went to overtime and he was dying in the third period. I knew if I tired him out, I’d easily win, so I just kept the intensity,” Frank said. “I was pretty bummed after I lost to him at the class qualifier, but I beat him when it mattered.”
One top seed, Mahopac’s Ryan Delahanty, did not suffer the same fate, though he did not win easily. He faced off against Brewster’s Mike Larm in the 285 quarterfinals, winning by a 3-2 decision. The two matched up last week, a match that Delahanty won by a 2-1 decision.
“He came out more aggressive; he’s been wanting to beat me for a long time,” Delahanty said. “He was seeded way too low. I expected him to be top five.”
The rest of the brackets went according to plan, at least going by the seedings. No other weight class saw a seed lower than sixth advance to the semifinals.
Fox Lane freshman Matt Grippi, the second seed in the 132 class, defeated White Plains’ Julio Cruz by a 8-0 decision in the quarterfinals to earn his 100th career win. He’s the fourth freshman in Section 1’s history to reach the milestone.
In the wrestlebracket quarterfinals, Brewster’s Larm and Ketcham’s Murphy Wilson each got their 100th career wins.
In the team standings, Suffern is in first place with a score of 109. John Jay is second with 81 points, while Mahopac sits third at 62 points.