ALBANY - In his fifth trip to the state tournament, Amsterdam senior Brandon Lapi will make his third trip to the state semifinals.
Lapi advanced to the 138-pound semifinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division I (large-school) tournament Friday at the Times Union Center with a pair of convincing wins.
"It feels good," Lapi said. "I wrestled hard. It's a great feeling to be in the semifinals."
Amsterdam’s Brandon Lapi, top, controls the action against Brewster’s Liam Erickson during their 138-pound first-round match Friday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
Division I tournament at the Times Union Center in Albany. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Dolgeville’s Triston Engle, right, looks for the takedown against North Rose-Wolcott’s Dakota White during their 170-pound first-round match at the NYSPHSAA Division II tournament. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager).
Lapi, a senior, improved to 46-1 on the season and clinched his fourth straight top-six finish at the state tourney.
"This is my third year making it to the semifinals," Lapi said. "I just went out and wrestled my match in both matches today."
Dolgeville's Triston Engle (170 pounds) also competed Friday, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing. However, Engle remains in contention for a podium finish after winning his first wrestleback match.
In his semifinal match, Lapi steadily built a lead before pulling away in the third period, posting a 12-1 win over Baldwinsville's Kevin Paul of Section III.
"I thought Brandon had a very strong performance today," Amsterdam coach Ken Benton said. "He was confident and he wrestled under control."
In his first match of the day, Lapi posted an 11-1 win over Brewster's Liam Erickson of Section I.
Lapi recorded a takedown in each of the first two periods, taking a 5-0 lead into the third.
In the final period, Lapi scored a pair of takedowns and earned two nearfall points to seal the victory.
"I liked his approach. He was aggressive and controlled the matches," Benton said. "Brandon limited the points against him. His defense was solid."
Lapi, the No. 1 seed, will face fifth-seeded Bethpage's Jake Eibinder of Section VIII in the semifinals today. Eibinder pinned Massena's Gavin Perrine of Section X in his first-round match and posted a 4-3 decision over Minisink Valley's Michael Raccioppi of Section IX in the quarterfinals.
In the other semifinal match third-seeded Justin Cooksey of Section VIII's MacArthur will face Hilton's Louie Deprez of Section V.
Lapi, who is 262-41 in his career, is looking to become the first Amsterdam state champion since Giuseppi Lanzi won the 152-pound Division I title in 2010.
Engle, a junior, reached the 170-pound quarterfinals in the Division II (small-school) tournament.
After winning his first match, Engle lost 5-4 to Mexico's Jacob Woolson of Section III in a rematch of the Section III Division II finals. Woolson, the No. 5 seed, also won that match by one point. Engle had won the two regular-season meetings.
Engle, the No. 4 seed, rebounded to post a win over Putnam Valley's Willie Messinger of Section I in his first wrestleback match. He will face Clarke's Joe Turono of Section VIII in the consolation quarterfinals today. With a win, Engle will earn a top-six finish in his first trip to the state tourney.
In his opening contest, Engle outlasted North Rose-Wolcott's Dakota White of Section V, 10-9. Engle, who is 39-3 this season, led 4-3 after one period and 10-8 after two periods in a back-and-forth contest.
Other Section II wrestlers reaching the semifinals in Division I included Saratoga Springs' Dominic Inzana (120), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Joey Butler (145) and Columbia's Angelo Kress (160).
In Division II, Section II had 10 wrestlers reach the semifinals. That group included Duanesburg's Zach Lawrence (99), Hoosick Falls' Luis Weierbach (120), Albany Academy's Matt Morris (120), Hadley Luzerne-Lake George's Jason Hoffman (145), Duanesburg's Connor Lawrence (160), Hudson Falls' Geno Brancati (170), Schalmont's Nick Gallo (182), Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk's Logan Kunkle (220), Schalmont's Marcus Ramundo (285) and Cohoes' Nick Scott (285).
Wrestling is scheduled to resume today at 10 a.m. with the semifinals. The championship finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Both the semifinals and finals will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports.
99: Adam Busiello (Eastport - XI) vs. Anthony Sparacio (North Babylon - XI) vs. Alfredo Olmedo (Arlington - I) vs. Jacori Teemer (Long Beach - VIII)
106: Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton - V) vs. Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury - IX); Parker Kropman (Penfield - V) vs. Peter Pappas (Plainview JFK - VIII)
113: Vito Arujau (Syosset - VIII) vs. Jay Albis (John Jay/East Fishkill - I); Jonathon Haas (Penfield - V) vs. Kyle Quinn (Wantagh - VIII)
120: Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville - XI) vs. Benjamin Lamantia (St. Anthony's - C); Dominic Inzana (Saratoga Springs - II) vs. Jesse Dellavecchia (East Islip - XI)
126: Travis Passaro (Eastport - XI) vs. Mike D'Angelo (Commack - XI); Richie Burke (Ithaca- IV) vs. Alex Delacruz (Ossining - i)
132: Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge - XI) vs. Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield - V); Said Kakhramonov (New Utrecht - PSAL) vs. Brad Wade (Islip - XI)
138: Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam - II) vs.Jake Eibinder (Bethpage - VIII); Justin Cooksey (MacArthur - VIII) vs. Louie Deprez (Hilton - V)
145: Vincent Deprez (Hilton - V) vs. Joey Butler (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake); Tommy Dutton (Rocky Point - XI) vs. Jakob Restrepo (Sachem East - XI)
152: Louis Hernandez (Mepham - VIII) vs. Blaise Benderoth (North Rockland - I); Zach Lugo (Deer Park - XI) vs. Anthony Deprez (Hilton - V)
160: Shakur Rasheed (Longwood - XI) vs. Daniel DeCarlo (Port Jervis - IX); Zach Colgan (Johnson City - IV) vs. Angelo Kress (Columbia - II)
170: Steven Schneider (MacArthur - VIII) vs. Gino Gioielli (Brewster - I); Erik Adon (East Islip - XI) vs. Jake Weber (Clarence - VI)
182: Brett Perry (John Jay/East Fishkill - I) vs. Collin Pittman (Spencerport - V); David Hamil (Deer Park - X) vs. Mark Tracy (Sachem East - XI)
195: Erik Jessell (Cornwall - IX) vs. Andrew Grella (Beacon - I); Ben Honis (Jamesville-DeWitt - III) vs. Reggie Williams (Johnson City - IV)
220: Richard Sisti (Monsignor Farrell - C) vs. John Hartnett (Tappan Zee - I); Vin Feola (Walt Whitman - XI) vs. Tyler Schaefer (Pittsford - V)
285: James O'Hagan (Seaford - VIII) vs. Trevor Gibbons (Carthage - III); Michael Manni (Tappan Zee - I) vs. Vincent Manna (Island Trees - VIII)
99: Dean Raymond (Deposit/Hancock - IV) vs. Dane Heberlein (Alexander -V); Jonathan Gomez (Locust Valley - VIII) vs. Zach Lawrence (Duanesburg - II)
106: Matteo DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson - XI) vs. Theo Powers (Mexico - III); Tanner Cook (Central Valley - III) vs. Luke Yankloski (Wayne - V)
113: Derek Spann (Adirondack - III) vs. Anthony Recco (Lyndonville - V); Hunter Dusold (Locust Valley - VIII) vs. Tito Colom (Dunkirk - VI)
120: Nick Cassella (Locust Valley - VIII) vs. Bryan Lantry (Wayne - V); Luis Weierbach (Hoosick Falls - II) vs. Matt Morris (Albany Academy - II)
126: Kellen Devlin (Amherst - VI) vs. Rafael Mateo (Midlakes - V); Hunter Richard (Holland Patent) vs. Ryan Snow (General Brown - III)
132: William Koll (Lansing - IV) vs. Austin Acquard (Pioneer - VI); Jesse Manuel (Tioga - IV) vs. Sean Peacock (Midlakes - V)
138: Dakota Gardner (Fredonia - VI) vs. Laken Cook (Central Valley); Tristan Rifenburg (Norwich - IV) vs. Sam Ward (Locust Valley - VIII)
145: Andrew Shomers (Lewiston Porter - VI) vs. Jason Hoffman (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George); Alex Herringshaw (Holland Patent - III) vs. Nate Martin (Newfane - VI)
152: Frank Garcia (Norwich - IV) vs. Ryan Kromer (Lewiston Porter - VI); Dan Woughter (Alfred-Almond - V) vs. Tyler Silverthorn (General Brown - III)
160: Trevor Allard (Mexico - III) vs. Nik Hansen (Oxford - IV); Connor Lawrence (Duanesburg - II) vs. Jordan Bushey (Peru - VII)
170: Burke Paddock (Warsaw - V) vs. Jacob Woolson (Mexico - III); Geno Brancati (Hudson Falls - II) vs. Ryan Marszal (Unatego - IV)
182: Christian Dietrich (Greene - IV) vs. Chris Pinckney (Port Byron - III); Nick Gallo (Schalmont - II) vs. Daniel Smith (South Jefferson - III)
195: Nathaniel Rose (Eagle Academy - P) vs. Logan Laflamme (South Jefferson - III); Jeryd Graham (Midlakes - V) vs. Lane Frost (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill)
220: Ryan Wolcott (Waverly - IV) vs. Miguel Perez (Eagle Academy - P); Logan Kunkle (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk - II) vs. Jake Benedict (Sandy Creek - III)
285: Connor Calkins (Alfred-Almond - V) vs. Austin Dean (Sidney - IV); Marcus Ramundo (Schalmont - II) vs. Nick Scott (Cohoes - II)