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Star photo by P.J. HarmerBainbridge-Guilford/Afton-s Victor Coronado attempts to escape from Waverly-s Brian Sewalt during the 145-pound final during Saturday-s Section Four Division II championships at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton. Coronado is one of four area wrestlers who earned a state wild-card berth.

Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton's Victor Coronado is getting another chance at an elusive state championship.

A senior, Coronado was one of four area wrestlers to earn wild-card berths for this weekend's Division II state wrestling championships at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Joining Coronado is teammate Chris Burnett (135 pounds), Sidney's Scott Stafford (96) and Walton's Cody Reed (171).

Walton coach Rick Armstrong, the Section Four wrestling coordinator, said Monday that 23 wrestlers from Section Four, including 15 in Division II, earned the at-large berths for the state meet. Four wild-cards are issued in each weight class in each division for a total of 120 state-wide.

"That's a lot," Armstrong said. "That's more than what we've had in the past."

The four area wild-card selections join D-II sectional champions Wayne Cirigliano (B-G/A, 112), Danny Gormley (B-G/A, 119) and Marty Cole (Delhi, 285). Unadilla Valley's Tyler Peet won the 135-pound D-I sectional title and is also headed to states.

Armstrong said the seeding meeting and brackets will be determined Wednesday morning. This is the first year the state meet will use a seeding system, said Armstrong, who added it's "an elaborate point system." Wrestlers accrue competition points throughout the season and can earn more points based on who he or she defeats, such as a state champion or place-winner.

Once the points are totaled, wrestlers may move up or down based on head-to-head results.

Wrestling begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Times Union Center. The quarterfinals are scheduled to run from 2:30-4:30 p.m., with two rounds of wrestlebacks to follow. The semifinals start at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the consolation finals slated for 2 p.m. The state championships, which will be held on two mats, are set for 6 p.m. Saturday.

Coronado lost in the 145-pound Section Four D-II final, 3-2, to Waverly's Brian Sewalt at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton on Saturday.

Coronado (33-4), who won Section Four titles the past two seasons at Harpursville, placed third in the state last season at 140; he pinned Cobleskill-Richmondville's Robert Merchant in 1 minute, 37 seconds in the third-place match.

"We have a goal to be a state champ and to this point, there isn't anything that has changed that philosophy," B-G/A coach Brandon MacNaught said. "Our goal is to be New York state champion. We're going to go at it with the same approach."

Junior Burnett (28-10) went to states last season at 119 pounds, replacing sectional champion Nick Wilcox of Greene. Wilcox, who won the 125-pound title Saturday, missed last season's state finals because of a disciplinary action taken by Greene.

This past Saturday, Burnett fell to Waverly's Brett Sewalt in the section final via technical fall, 15-0, in 4:41. Burnett went 1-2 at last year's state meet.

Stafford (23-7), a freshman, lost in his sectional final against Lansing's Corey Dake, 6-0. The two have met three times this season, with Dake winning the past two. It's the first state meet for Stafford, whose father, Tim, coaches Sidney and won two Section Four titles in the early 1980s.

"It's still quite exciting any way you can get there," Tim Stafford said. "It's still a proud moment. At least you've wrestled a good season to get there. If he can wrestle his best, I think he can produce."

Reed (37-3) reached his first state tournament after losing, 8-2, to Greene's Tyler Beckwith in the 171-pound sectional championship this past weekend. Beckwith, who placed second in the state last season at 171, has beaten Reed the past two weekends _ in the sectional final and in the Class C sectional championship.

A senior, Reed has a victory this season over Bath's Cody Hutcheson, the reigning state champion at 171.

"I think if he wrestles well, everything could take care of itself," Armstrong said. "He knew before I told him. ... Word travels fast."

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P.J. Harmer can be reached at pharmer@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 229.

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