Hilton junior Yianni Diakomihalis added to his string of state titles Saturday, while another member of his family became a state champion.
Greg Diakomihalis, a 14-year old with the Hilton team, won the Division I state title at 99 pounds. Diakomihalis defeated Dylan Ryder, a sophomore at Half Hollows West in Section XI on Long Island and top seed in the weight class, 7-4 in the Division I final. The Diakomihalis brothers are among six wrestlers from Section V who are 2016 high school state champions.
“It’s cool to do it as an eighth-grader, there are people who don’t always win this tournament,” Greg Diakomihalis told the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Yianni Diakomihalis, who won a world cadet (15-17 year old) title last summer, claimed his fourth state championship when he defeated Matthew Grippi, a sophomore at Fox Lane (Section I), 13-5. The major decision in the 138-pound final was the second for Diakomihalis, who also won two matches by technical fall.
“They let me sit in the corner,” Yianni Diakomihalis said to the Democrat and Chronicle about watching his brother’s match. “I’m more excited for him. I can’t believe it, it’s crazy.”
Penfield senior Parker Kropman wrestled in the same weight class and was eliminated from championship contention by Diakomihalis during the semifinals. Kropman rebounded and won his next two matches for a third-place finish. He finished fourth at states last year.
Diakomihalis later watched a third wrestler from Hilton win a Division I weight class, his good friend Louie DePrez, who won at 170, after finishing first in last year’s large school 160 state tournament. DePrez was a 9-1 winner over another wrestler from Long Island, Happague senior Marcus Bisono.
“He’s been hammering people all weekend,” Yianni Diakomihalis said. “From last year to this year, you see a difference.
“Last year, there was some doubt if he could win a state title, and this year it was no doubt. He was going to dominate, and he did that.”
Frankie Gissendanner, Kropman’s 145-pound teammate at Penfield, became a state champion for the second consecutive year. Gissendanner, a sophomore, controled the Division I final to defeat North Tonawanda senior Troy Keller 10-4.
Wayne junior Matt Caccamise pinned his first opponent at states, won a 3-1 decision, then by a score of 2-1 before he edged Austin O’Reilly, a senior at Mexico in Section III (Syracuse region), 1-0 in the Division II or small schools 113 final.
Alexander junior Dane Heberlein, the 2015 Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Division II Wrestler of the Year, earned the fourth and final win he needed to become a state champion this year. Heberlein defeated Mexico senior Theo Powers 5-3 in the 120 final. It was Powers who pinned Heberlein during last year’s 113 finals. In 2014, Heberlein won a state title as well.
Rush-Henrietta senior Justin Klein advanced to the 152 Division I final, where he was pinned 1:49 into the first period by No. 1 seed Ryan Ferro, a junior at Warwrick Valley in Section IX. Irondequoit senior Cameron Rohr also was turned back during the Division I finals.
Rohr led 2-1 during an overtime period before Edwin Rubio, a senior at John Glenn on Long Island, sat out for an escape, then later escaped again to win the state championship. Warsaw senior Aaron Mann made it to the Division II 220 final, where he lost in overtime 5-3 to Ricardo Dawkins, a senior at General Brown in Section III.
Victor senior T. D. Ierlan lost his match in the semifinals and finished third in Division I 160.
Hall of Famer dies
Morris Shapiro, who was inducted into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame this month at the age of 102, died on Feb. 25.
A professor of Emergency Medicine and professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Mr. Shapiro was a lightweight wrestler at East High. Mr. Shapiro won the City Interscholastic Championships at 105 pounds in 1929 and 1930, during the era when only pins ended 10-minute matches.
According to URMC, a funeral service for Mr. Shapiro is Feb. 29, 11 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 139 South Winton Road. Mr. Shapiro’s family plans to receive friends 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Summit at Brighton, 2000 Summit Circle Drive.