A pair of area juniors are in the running for state wrestling championships as Unatego’s Ryan Marszal and Sidney’s Austin Dean advanced to the semifinals of the Division II tournament Friday at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Marszal ran his perfect season to 36-0 with back-to-back victories, following a third-period pin of Mattituck senior Christian Angelson with a 9-3 quarterfinal decision over Granville senior Brad Perry at 170 pounds.
Marszal pinned Angelson with 17 seconds left in his first-round match, then beat Perry to reach a semifinal against Hudson Falls junior Geno Brancatti on Saturday back at the Times Union Center. The winner will face Warsaw senior Burke Paddock or Mexico junior Jacob Woolson in the 170-pound title bout Saturday night. Paddock won the D-II state title at 160 pounds last season.
Section Four champion Marszal is looking to become the second Unatego wrestler to win a D-II state title in as many seasons as former teammate Kevin Thayer turned a 2013 at-large berth into a state championship at 152 pounds.
Dean (31-6) opened at 285 pounds with a 7-4 decision over Port Jefferson senior Kyle Fisk. He then pinned Alden senior Eric Feitshans in 3:42 during the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal against Alfred-Almond senior Connor Calkins, who won both of his matches Friday by pin in the first period.
Cohoes senior Nick Scott will face Schalmont senior Marcus Ramundo in Saturday’s other semifinal.
Section Four champion Dean is looking to become Sidney’s first state champion since 2002, when Anthony Chamorro won it all at 275 pounds.
Four other local wrestlers were eliminated from state-championship contention Friday.
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville sophomore Chris Cirigliano cruised to a 14-0 major decision over Highland junior Mike Feliciano in his first-round match at 106. He then suffered a 7-0 setback to Central Valley Academy freshman Tanner Cook in the quarterfinals, sending Cirigliano to wrestlebacks with a chance to finish no better than third in the state.