“I just knew that I had to go,” he said. “With that much time left, I had to go and get that win. I just got hand control and just kept circling and then just flipped him over.”
Wood tacked on back points after the reversal en route to a 5-2 victory as Robinson earned a point with a last-second escape.
“It’s kind of hard when you practice all year with him,” said Robinson, who remained hopeful that his upset of Nelson would be enough to earn an at-large berth this season. “I’ll come back harder next year, but hopefully, I get a wild-card for states this year.”
Cirigliano had little trouble finishing off top-seeded Joe Rorick of Odessa-Montour, scoring the last six points of his 8-2 victory in the 106-pound championship match.
The first period of this fast-paced final ended in a 2-all tie, but Cirigliano scored four straight points in the second to take command. He also sidestepped a near takedown in the third to set up his final points, which came after he lifted Rorick and dropped behind him for a late takedown.
“He was undefeated this year and I was watching his ankle pick,” said first-time state qualifier Cirigliano. “Since he’s really tall, he’s a scary guy to wrestle. … I was trying to set up my shot and he kept hanging on to my arm, so I was having trouble setting up my shot. I don’t really know exactly what happened, but I’m pretty sure I got a reversal and a couple takedowns.”
Robinson and Beers were two of seven area runner-ups, all of whom are waiting to hear whether they will receive at-large berths to the state tournament.
Austin Ryan, Kevin Thayer and Leland Slawson advanced to the championship round to help Unatego to a second-place finish in the 33-team tournament. Ryan dropped a 17-5 major decision to Lansing’s William Koll at 126 pounds; Thayer fell, 9-7, to Chenango Valley’s Kyle Halladay at 152; and Slawson gave up the only point of his 1-0 loss to Greene’s Mike Beckwith on a second-period escape.