New York had four All-Americans in Cadet Greco and now has two in Cadet Freestyle. On Thursday night, Rocky Point’s Thomas Dutton (138 pounds) and Bethlehem Central’s Chris Tangora (195) clinched spots on the podium. Both will wrestle for seventh place on Friday.
Dutton has amassed a 5-2 record with three pins, while Tangora has a 3-2 mark and will face Matthew Olauson of Maryland on Friday.
Also remaining in medal contention for New York is Benjamin Honis, who has racked up a 3-1 record thus far. The Jamesville-Dewitt grappler will face Samuel Colbray of Oregon in his next bout. With a victory, Honis will be an All-American as well.
Seven Wrestlers Go Undefeated for New York on Day 1 of Junior Freestyle
The Junior Freestyle tournament, the final Fargo event, got underway on Thursday and many Empire State wrestlers got off to a great start. In fact, seven grapplers finished the day with perfect records, including three in the 160 pound bracket — Dylan Palacio (4-0), Tyler Grimaldi (4-0) and Burke Paddock (3-0).
Returning National Champion Brian Realbuto (152) began his run at another title by going 4-0, including two technical falls and a pin.
Shenendehowa teammates Nick Kelley (132 pounds) and David Almaviva (145) also were unbeaten, while Johnson City’s Reggie Williams (195) had an unblemished day as well.
Several others remain in the competition for the Empire State. They include multi-time state champions Kyle Kelly (106) and Quinton Murphy (138), as well as 2012 state silver medalists Trey Aslanian (120) and El Shaddai Gilmore Van Hoesen (285). Representing New York at 220 pounds on Friday will be NY Freestyle state champion Soslan Gularov and Matthew Abbott of Windsor, who both registered 2-1 marks on Thursday.
Action resumes at 10 a.m. Eastern time on Friday in both the Cadet and Freestyle competitions.