Wrestling: Porter, Kress set to battle in ESC
LOCH SHELDRAKE Shenendehowa junior Jesse Porter and Columbia senior Angelo Kress will square off this morning in a 152-pound quarterfinal at the Eastern States Classic.
Porter, the No. 5 seed, had two first-period pins on Friday. Kress opened with a major decision, then pinned in the round of 16.
Second seeds Brandon Lapi of Amsterdam (138), Joey Butler of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (145) and Nick Gallo of Schalmont (182) also reached the quarters on Friday night. Shenendehowa senior Levi Ashley, the only No. 1 seed from Section II, needed one match to get to the 195 quarters.
Lapi, one win away from a shot at a fourth straight top-five finish in this tournament, outscored a pair of opponents by a combined 7-0 to reach a quarter against No. 7 seed Justin Cooksey of MacArthur.
Also at 138, Shenendehowa’s Kevin Parker, the fifth seed, outscored two opponents by 32-3 to get to a quarterfinal against No. 4 seed Matt Caputo of North Rockland.
Butler, who recently went over 200 wins for his varsity career opened with a 13-1 win and then pinned Connor Kelly of Hauppauge to get to a quarter match with No. 7 seed Ben Ettlinger of Fox Lane.
State finalist Gallo used a pair of first-period pins to set up a quarter with seventh-seeded Aaron Paddock of Warsaw.
Ashley had a bye, then pinned Mike Newman of Monsignor Farrell to get to a quarterfinal with Alex Ku of Clovis (Calif.) West. The state finalist is seeking his third top-eight finish here.
Jake Ashcraft of Burnt Hills and Queensbury’s Franky Nassivera reached the 170 quarters. Ashcraft, the sixth seed, pinned twice and gets third seed Steven Schneider of MacArthur next.
Several other Section II wrestlers had not wrestled their round of 16 matches as of press time, including Colonie’s Austin DiCerbo, the second seed at 285; Duanesburg’s Connor Lawrence and Nate Sisler of Burnt Hills at 160; and reigning state champ Luis Weierbach (120) of Hoosick Falls.