BINGHAMTON — Boom, boom, boom, boom.
That’s pretty much how fast four area wrestlers won their championship matches Saturday during the Section Four Division II Tournament at the Broome County Arena.
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s Mark Viviano and Unatego’s Ryan Marszal maintained their top seeds, Walton’s Dylan Wood beat an upset-minded teammate in his final, and B-G/A’s Chris Cirigliano overthrew the top seed in his weight class to secure automatic berths to the Division II state championships, which run Feb. 22-23 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
The differences in all four title bouts came in a matter of momentum-turning seconds.
Viviano’s was easily the quickest, almost immediately throwing second-seeded Andrew Barnhart of Whitney Point to his back in their 195-pound final. Viviano made sure that became the point of no return for Barnhart, who somehow managed to keep his left shoulder off the mat. That was until Viviano deftly changed his grip to a vice-like squeeze of Barnhart’s head and shoulders for a 58-second pin.
“I really wanted this one because I was here last year and it was embarrassing to be pinned in the first period,” said Viviano, who earned an at-large berth to the 2012 state tournament despite getting pinned in 1:02 by Lansing’s Ryan Todd in the 195-pound sectional final last season. “That match changed my whole career. I just realized I could go farther, worked real hard in practice, worked hard lifting in the summer, and all those pieces just came together.”
Marszal put everything together in the last 30 seconds of his 182-pound final against Walton’s Mike Beers, who also reached the 2012 state tournament as an at-large selection.
Beers escaped with 1:03 left to tie the score at 1 in the third period, but Marszal responded with a big throw about 30 seconds later. Marszal slipped to the back of Beers to complete a two-point takedown, then let his opponent up with about 10 seconds left.