After a full day of competition in Greensboro, NC, New York has a number of wrestlers alive in the chase for the Super 32 championship belt. That includes a pair of 2013 state titlewinners – Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton, 106) and Louis Hernandez (Mepham, 152).
Diakomihalis, who won a Middle School crown at this event last year, was dominant with two pins and a technical fall during the day. Hernandez cruised as well, with seven and nine point wins in his first two bouts before receiving a forfeit in the Round of 16.
After winning a challenging bracket at the Iron Horse a few weeks ago, Rocky Point’s Tom Dutton followed up with four straight victories at 145 to punch his ticket to the quarters. Another champion at the Iron Horse, Steve Schneider of MacArthur, posted a trio of wins, including a pin at 170. Fellow Long Island wrestler Vincent Feola of Walt Whitman notched a fall and a one-point decision at 220, while former Longwood standout (and current Wyoming Seminary grappler) Nicky Hall will also appear in the Round of 8 tomorrow, at 182 pounds.
In addition to the quarterfinalists mentioned above, several other Empire State wrestlers remain in contention for spots on the podium, including state champion Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville at 120 pounds and NYS finalists Vito Arujau of Syosset (113) and Vincent DePrez of Hilton (145). Also still in the mix after a successful first day on the mat in North Carolina are East Islip’s Dennis Ferro at 152, Clarence’s Jake Weber and Rocky Point’s Joseph Russo at 170 and former Pine Bush competitor Chris Cuccolo at 106.
Sunday’s Scheduled Matches for NY Wrestlers – Super 32 Challenge
In the quarterfinals:
106: Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton) vs. Hunter Lucas (OH)
145: Tommy Dutton (Rocky Point) vs. Grant Leeth (MO)
152: Louis Hernandez (Mepham) vs. Jacob Danishek (IN)
170: Steve Schneider (MacArthur) vs. Chance Marstellar (PA)
182: Nicky Hall (Wyoming Seminary/Longwood) vs. Stephen Loiseau (PA)
220: Vincent Feola (Walt Whitman) vs. Antonio Pelusi (PA)
In the wrestlebacks:
106: Chris Cuccolo (St. Benedicts/Pine Bush) vs. Jarrett Reisenbichler (MO)
113: Vito Arujau (Syosset) vs. Patrick D’Arcy (NJ)
120: Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville) vs. Tyrone Klump (PA)
145: Vincent DePrez (Hilton) vs. Chandler Pyke (GA)
152: Dennis Ferro (East Islip) vs. Paden Bailey (OK)
170: Jake Weber (Clarence) vs. Jacob Cooper (MI)
170: Joseph Russo (Rocky Point) vs. Joe Heyob (OH)
I would have liked to see how Corey Rasheed Longwood, Reggie Williams Jc, Christian Deitrich and some Shen boys wouldve done there! I’m also curious where Nick Reenan (might have last name wrong) 152-160 wrestling for Sem from TX would’ve done. Haven’t heard about him in a while.
Was also surprised to see Sem 106 Bussielo (sp) lose to a PA kid. PA is tough! I noticed a lot of NY, NJ, Ohio, PA kids grouped together in the brackets which is unfortunate! How did they determine how to split brackets into two groups? Like 120a and 120b. I hate not having an overall champ at tournaments like the NY state tournament. I think their should be a state championship dual meet the week after states. Just like at college conference championships to find out a true second could find out the true NYS champ!