Two-time state champion Kellen Devlin of Amherst is among 14 wrestlers from Western New York still in contention for championships after the first day of the New York State Public High School Championship in the Times Union Center in Albany.
Devlin, wrestling in the 132-pound class, scored two decisive decisions on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. He scored a major decision, 10-0, over T.J. Philpotts of Holland Patent (Section III) before a 13-2 major decision over Jared Eliopoulos of Putnam Valley-I. He will face Brandon Gould of Watkins Glen-IV in the semifinals.
Also advancing to Division I semifinals were Mitch Seaver (106 pounds) of Lockport, Freddie Eckles (132) of Lake Shore and Tristan Almeter (152) of Iroquois.
Moving on in Division II were: Ryan Hetrick (120) of Maple Grove, Brad Bihler (128) of Maple Grove, Dakota Gardner (152) of Fredonia, Cameron Swick (160) of Roy-Hart, Lyle Grant (170) of Alden, Jake Peru (182) of Falconer, Jake Kubala (195) of Newfane, Charles Beach (220) of Medina and Laith Alsous (285) of Lew-Port.
Eckles won his first match by a fall in 1:20 over Adrian Ramirez of Harry Truman-PSAL before a 6-4 decision over Kyle Mock of Huntington-XI. He will face Christian Gramuglia of Burnt Hills-II in Saturday’s semifinals.
Hetrick scored an 11-0 major decision over Adam West of Palmyra-Macedon-V and a 2-1 decision over Jacob Nolan of Saranac-VII.
Alden’s Grant triumphed by fall over Vance Cuffee of Eagle Academy-PSAL in 3:35 and decisioned James Hoag of Mattituck-XI, 5-4.
Peru won by fall in 3:17 over Arden Ball of Gouverneur-X and a 2-0 decision over Brett Finch of Camden-III.
Kubala triumphed by a fall over Daniel Hayner of Mechanicville-Stillwater-II and a 3-2 decision over Kevin Morgans of Eldred-Liberty-Southwest-IX.
Beach triumphed by a fall in 1:10 over John Smith of Robert F. Kennedy-PSAL and took a 1-0 decision over Anthony Moffo of Morrisville-III.
Lew-Port’s Alsous took decisions over Jed Middletown of Keshequa-V, 6-0, and Jacob Cupp of Bath-Haverling-V, 3-1.