The 2012-13 Cornell wrestling roster has three sets of brothers – the Bosaks, the Davids and the Scotts. In the future, there will be at least one more to add as state champion Dylan Realbuto committed to join his brother Brian with the Big Red. (Brian is currently taking a greyshirt year with the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club).
“Having Brian there was a big factor for me,” Dylan Realbuto said. “He never pushed me towards Cornell – he let me make my own decision. But he always made sure to tell me that he would like if I came to Cornell too. There were a lot of reasons for my decision. I really like the school and the campus. The entire feel I get when I’m there is great – it reminds me of home. I also know that the training set up is really good. There are so many good wrestlers between 125 and 141 to train with.”
Realbuto, who chose Cornell over Columbia and North Carolina State, said he plans to compete at either 133 or 141 pounds in college.
As for this season, Realbuto is shooting for a third straight appearance in the state finals in Albany. As a 96-pound sophomore, he was the runner up to two-time champion Kyle Kelly of Chenango Forks. This past February, he grabbed the gold medal at 113 pounds in what might have been the tournament’s most dramatic ending. Realbuto earned a takedown as time expired in the third period against previously undefeated Vincent Deprez of Hilton High to capture an 8-7 victory.
“There were four seconds left on the clock and we had a restart. I remember thinking that I just couldn’t lose,” he said. “When we got on the starting line, I was nervous but I never doubted myself. I thought I could win that title.”
He attributes part of that belief to Max Askren, who has coached him closely over the past few years.
“Max has helped me tremendously,” he said. “Before he got here, I talked about winning a state championship, but he made me believe it was really possible. He inspired me to take my wrestling to the next level.”
He’s now striving to make it two titles in a row, either at 126 or 132 pounds. Then, he looks forward to moving up to Ithaca.
“I’ve gone to visit Brian a couple of times,” he said. “I was actually there this past weekend and then went up to Buffalo with him [for the Buffalo Invitational, where Brian took third, dominating in his victories and losing only to champion Josh Demas of Ohio State in multiple overtimes]. I think he wrestled well. Brian’s style hasn’t really changed much, but he’s improved so much over the past few months.”
Dylan Realbuto feels that he’s improved as well. He looks to prove it not only at the Times Union Center in late February but at several events in the spring and summer.
“I want to win states again this year,” he said. “But I also want to go to NHSCAs in Virginia Beach for the first time and win a title there. Then I want to go and win Fargo. I want to end my career ranked and as an All-American before I go to Cornell.”
For more on Dylan Realbuto, see this story, from earlier in the fall.