The semifinals have concluded here at the Times Union Center, and it’s been an historic day for Section 1. Four locals are heading to the finals — East Ramapo senior Trey Wardlaw (106 pounds), Fox Lane sophomore Matt Grippi (138), Lakeland/Panas senior Alex Melikian (182) and Mahopac senior Mike DiNardo (195). The finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
That’s good news, but what made this a record-setting day for Section 1 is the performance in the wrestlebacks. There are 17 wrestlers from the section who have guaranteed a spot in the top six, which earns them All-State status in their respective weight classes. That shatters the previous Section 1 record of 12, which was set in 2014.
CLICK HERE to see full brackets and which locals are still alive. Also, be sure to check out my man Frank Becerra’s photo gallery from the semis, which includes shots of all 10 locals who competed.
Here are videos and results from the semis:
- 113 pounds — Tommy Cox (Deer Park) dec. Anthony Sulla (North Rockland), 4-0
- 138 pounds — Matt Grippi (Fox Lane) maj. dec. Isaiah Colgan (Johnson City), 12-0
- 145 pounds — Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield) maj. dec. Conor Melbourne (John Jay), 14-4
- 160 pounds — AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley) dec. Adam Santoro (Fordham Prep), 2-1
- 195 pounds — Mike DiNardo (Mahopac) pin Jake Sweet (Brockport), 1:29
NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships
At Times Union Center, Albany
Division 1 (large schools)
106 – Trey Wardlaw (East Ramapo) dec. Mitch Seaver (Lockport), 6-3 OT. 113 – Tommy Cox (Deer Park) dec. Anthony Sulla (North Rockland), 4-0. 138 – Matt Grippi (Fox Lane) maj. dec. Isaiah Colgan (Johnson City), 12-0. 145 – Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield) maj. dec. Conor Melbourne (John Jay), 14-4. 160 – AJ Aeberli (Minisink) dec. Adam Santoro (Fordham Prep), 2-1. 170 – Louie Deprez (Hilton) dec. Nunzio Crowley (Eastchester), 5-4. 182 – Alex Melikian (Lakeland/Panas) dec. Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe-Woodbury), 6-4. 195 – Mike DiNardo (Mahopac) pin Jake Sweet (Brockport), 1:29.
Division 2 (small schools)
99 – Jon Charles (Central Valley Academy) maj. dec. Mikey Bruno (Putnam Valley), 14-1. 138 – Tanner Cook (Central Valley Academy) dec. Jake Kurzhals (Pearl River), 12-5.