School wrestling: Plainsmen put four in quarterfinals
LOCH SHELDRAKE Top-seeded Nick Kelley (138), second-seeded David Almavia (145), seventh-seeded Zach Joseph (152) and No. 3 seed Levi Ashley (182) of Shenendehowa were among the Section II wrestlers moving to the quarterfinal round Friday night at the Eastern States Classic.
Two-time state place finisher Brandon Lapi of Amsterdam, state runners-up El Shaddai VanHoesen of Columbia and Alex Soutiere of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, two-time state tourney vet Nick Gallo of Schalmont, Colonie’s Golan Cohen and Austin DiCerbo and LaSalle’s Brandon Goldup also are alive in the championship brackets.
Kelley was on the mat for 74 seconds in pinning twice to advance to a quarterfinal with ninth-seeded Coly Kash of Clarkstown North. Kash beat Joey Butler of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the eight seed, 5-2, in the round of 16.
Almaviva also pinned twice, setting up a quarterfinal with No. 7 Luis Hernandez of Mepham.
Ashley picked up a pair of wins, setting up a quarter with sixth-seeded Matt Roberts of Monsignor Farell.
Joseph, the seventh-seed at 152 won his opener, 10-2, then had a technical fall to get to the quarters against No. 15 seed Steve Azzano of Wayne, who upset second-seeded Dan Dickman of Greene.
Kevin Parker, the No. 10 seed at 120, won twice before dropping a 9-3 decision to seventh-seeded Alex DeLaCruz of Ossining.
Ali Hashismee got three pins in the consolation round to help the Plainsmen to second place in the team race behind Wantagh.
Lapi, the third seed at 132, opened his day with a second-period pin, then got past Jack Reina of Garden City, 3-1, setting up a quarterfinal with No. 6 seed Chris Mauriello of Hauppage.
Teammate Dal Orengo won his first bout at 138 before losing in the next round.
Gallo ouscored two opponents by a combined score of 19-5 to get to No. 12 Travis Edwards of Port Jervis.
Teammate Anthony Paturso, unseeded at 152 pinned Ben Ciccone of Monsignor Farrell, then took out ninth-seeded Drake Barczak of Monroe-Woodbury, 2-1 in overtime before dropping an 8-1 decision to No. 8 seed Zach Colgan of Johnson City.
VanHoesen, the top seed at 285 pinned, then fought to 1-0 win over the 16th seed, Brennan Strovink of Rocky Point. Soutiere, the second seed at 285, had a first-round bye and a pin.
Columbia’s Kyle Greene won his first bout at 132, then fell, 15-3, to Mauriello. Sectional champ Angelo Kress, the fourth seed at 152, withdrew.
Cohen, the No. 10 seed at 106, remained unbeaten with a first-period pin and a technical fall. DiCerbo had a pair of pins at 285, the only one of Colonie’s three heavyweights to advance.
Race Viedt (195), Jake Ashcraft (152) and Nico Fragale (220) of Burnt Hills both won a match before losing. Jack Hatton, the seventh seed at 170, withdrew.
Duanesburg’s Connor Lawrence (152), the No. 13 seed in his weight, recorded two pins before being pinned in the third period by Goldup, the third seed.
Shaker’s Blake Retell, seeded 11th at 120, was sent to the wrestlebacks by sixth seed John Muldoon of Pearl River.
Whitehall senior John Diekel, the sixth seed at 138, picked up a win before losing to unseeded Skylar Kropman of Penfield.