The Daily Star
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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.
Teammate and fellow Section Four champion Jamie Griswold exited the winners’ bracket at 145 pounds after 3:30 as the BGAH senior was pinned by Locust Valley junior Mike Dusold in the opening round.
Wild-card entries Logan Robinson and Kai Sabada also fell in the first round. Walton junior Robinson fell, 3-2, to Morrisville-Eaton sophomore Zach Burke at 120 pounds, and Sabada was pinned in 58 seconds by Onteora senior Dustin Mackenzie in the opening round at 195.
The D-II state tournament continues Saturday with semifinals from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by wrestlebacks from 12:30-2 p.m. and consolation finals from 2-3:30 p.m.
The D-II state championships are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
As of late Friday night, the website www.nysphsaa.org had Section Three leading the sectional team standings with 111 points, followed by Section Five at 96 and Section Four at 93.
Aiden Cohane had a pair of top-five finishes Monday at Bristol Mountain, helping Windham’s boys to a third-place finish in the Alpine Skiing State Championships.
Cohane placed an area-best third with a combined time of 1:24.08 over two runs in the boys slalom, which was won by Pittsford-Mendon’s Hunter Doyle in 1:21.40. Windham also received top-50 finishes from teammates Malcom Seamons (34th, 1:38.98), Tristen Jaeger (38th, 1:41.81) and George Sheridan (47th, 1:53.67). The event also featured a 42nd from Margaretville’s Riley Ancona (1:43.50).
Cohane went on to finish fifth in the boys giant slalom in 1:58.46. Doyle won that title as well, at 1:55.50.
Sheridan took 21st (2:04.66) in the same event, which featured a 33rd from Seamons (2:11.79), a 39th from Joe Pelham (2:16.17), a 41st from Jaeger (2:18.35) and a 45th from Ancona (2:21.72).
Jaeger earned a Section Four sportsmanship award for Windham, which finished with 61 points. Saratoga won the team title with 79 points, followed by Old Forge at 69.
Mattie Seamons had the top area girls finish with a seventh-place time of 1:48.19 in the slalom for the Warriors, who got a 19th from Sophia Jaeger (1:54.63).
Mattie Seamons also placed 13th (2:08.18) in the giant slalom for Windham, which received a 54th from Sydney Shuster (2:35.74) and a 55th from Sonam Sherpa (2:39.37). Section Four sportsmanship winner Kaelie Vanloan of Roxbury placed 49th (2:24.98) in the same event.
Windham’s girls took fourth with 54 points. Shenendahowa won the team title with 76 points, followed by Victor at 68 and Saranac Lake at 64.
Section Four scored 175 points to place seventh out of eight sections. Section Five won the sectional crown with 621 points.