After the second day of Cadet Freestyle, three New York wrestlers clinched spots on the podium with another still in contention when action resumes on Friday.
Jesse Porter of Shenendehowa was the runner up in Cadet Greco earlier this week at 152 pounds and he assured himself two medals at Fargo in 2013 as he will compete for fifth place on Friday against Matt Ferraro of Illinois. Porter compiled a 6-2 mark in Freestyle with five technical falls and a pin. In his last match on Thursday, he came back from a late deficit to knot the score at 4, however, he lost on criteria.
Also earning All-America honors were a pair of Empire State grapplers who will take the mat against each other at 145 pounds. Both Jakob Restrepo of Sachem East and Jordan Bushey of Peru racked up 5-2 records and will battle in the seventh place tilt on Friday. Also going 5-2 in that same bracket was Gino Titone of Connetquot, however, he fell just short of the medal stand.
Youssif Hemida stands at 3-1 and is one of five remaining wrestlers in his half of the 220 pound bracket. (Four of the five grapplers will make the podium). Hemida’s victories have all been by technical fall and he’s looking for another when he squares off with Kyler Childers of Oklahoma in his next contest.
Also seeing action for New York on Thursday in the Cadet event, but finishing their runs at the tournament, were Ben Lamantia (who finished 4-2), Leonard Merkin (4-2), Gino Titone (5-2), Jacob Woolson (3-2), Tyler Hall (2-2), James Bethel (2-2) and Peter Strassfield (1-2).
Junior Freestyle got underway on Thursday and after the first two sessions, the following wrestlers are still alive for Team New York (with record in parenthesis):
113: John Twomey 3-0
120: Matthew Morris 3-1
126: William Koll 4-1
152: Trevor Hoffmier 3-1
160: Troy Seymour 4-0
160: Chris Koo 3-1
170: Andrew Psomas 3-1
182: Cedric Stephens 3-1