Wrestling

Five local wrestlers who were runners-up at the Section II state qualifier meet received at-large bids Wednesday to the New York State Wrestling Championships.

The state meet is scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Queensbury seniors Dom Nassivera and Nico Mattia both qualified in Division I (large schools) after finishing as Section II runners-up at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.

Joining them in D-I is Saratoga Springs senior Jordan Sartin (113), and in Division II (small schools), Warrensburg’s Dylan Winchell (106) and Jack Binder (220). Altogether 14 Section II wrestlers received at-large bids to states.

Four at-large bids from across the state are added to fill out 16-man brackets for each weight class at the state tournament in Division I and II.

At-large bids are determined by a formula that includes overall season record (wins minus losses), bonus points based on previous state and sectional finishes, and power points based on a strength-of-section component.

Mattia, 34-4 this season, was the top seed at 195 in D-I, but lost a 5-3 heartbreaker to Niskayuna’s Reggie Melvin in the Section II finals.

Nassivera (27-10), who was pinned by Ballston Spa’s Jake Cook in the Section II finals, was a No. 5 at-large qualifier, but moved up because Section X does not have an entry at 182. Sartin (40-2) is a former Section II runner-up.

In D-II, Binder was a Section II champ last year at 220, but came up just short in a 3-2 loss to Cohoes’ Reggie Poulin on Saturday night. It was Binder’s only loss of the season after 34 wins.

Winchell (33-8), an eighth-grader, placed third in D-II, but had more points than runner-up Austin Delisle of Ravena and finished ahead of him for an at-large spot. Winchell lost to Section II champ Joey Scheeren of Galway in the semifinals.

Three local wrestlers are first alternates — South Glens Falls’ Logan Barody (126) in D-I, and Warrensburg’s Hunter McKenna (145) and Dan Monthony (170) in D-II. They may go only if an at-large entry ahead of them pulls out.

The five area at-large qualifiers join the seven local wrestlers who won Section II championships: Queensbury’s Ryan Sleezer (106) and South Glens Falls’ Brock Delsignore (120) in D-I, and in D-II, Salem-Cambridge’s Zac Cummings (113), Schuylerville’s Orion Anderson (126), Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George’s Logan Duers (145) and Rich Conte (170), and Warrensburg’s Nolan McNeill (182).

Section II At-Large Wrestling Qualifiers

Division I

99 — Nick Palso, Ballston Spa. 113 — Jordan Sartin, Saratoga Springs. 138 — Danny Jada, Burnt Hills. 182 — Dom Nassivera, Queensbury. 195 — Nico Mattia, Queensbury.

Division II

106 — Dylan Winchell, Warrensburg. 113 — Connor Lyons, Watervliet. 120 — Aidan Cullen, Greenville. 126 — Austin Lints, Schoharie. 132 — Dylan Callahan, Schoharie. 152 — Rich Forbes, Catskill. 160 — Dillan Palaszewski, Galway, and Charlie Grygas, Duanesburg. 220 — Jack Binder, Warrensburg.

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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