Twelve local wrestlers received No. 1 seeds Wednesday as the seedings for the Section II wrestling state qualifier tournaments were announced.
The state qualifier meets for Division I (large schools) and Division II (small schools) will be run side-by-side on Saturday at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The semifinals are expected at 1 p.m., and the finals are set for 7:15 p.m.
Winners and at-large qualifiers advance to the New York State Wrestling Championships, scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
The format will again be double elimination, except for first-round losers who are done for the day.
Repeating as No. 1 seeds are Schuylerville senior Orion Anderson, the two-time defending state champion who is at 126 pounds in Division II, and South Glens Falls freshman Brock Delsignore at 120 in Division I.
Other Division II top seeds are Salem-Cambridge senior Zac Cummings (113 pounds), junior Logan Duers (145) and senior Rich Conte (170) of Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, and, from Section II team champion Warrensburg, junior Nolan McNeill (182) and seniors Jack Binder (220) and Gary Hill (285).
The other local No. 1 seeds in Division I are junior Ryan Sleezer (106) and senior Nico Mattia (195) of Queensbury, and senior Jordan Sartin (113) and junior Brant Robinson (220) of Saratoga Springs.
Anderson, Delsignore and Binder are the only returning local Section II champions, with Anderson pursuing his fourth consecutive Section II title.
Receiving No. 2 seeds in Division II were Hudson Falls’ Chris Petteys (99), Corinth’s Alec Richards (120), Warrensburg’s Dan Monthony (170) and H-L/LG’s Will Mitcham (285). Local No. 3 seeds are Warrensburg’s Tanner McKenna (99) and Chris Wilson (195), Schuylerville’s Xavier Jones (138), Whitehall-Fort Ann’s Brendan Covey (170) and H-L/LG’s Mike Sutliff (182).
No local wrestlers were seeded second in Division I, but seeded third were Queensbury’s Dylan Sleezer (113) and Dom Nassivera (182), South High’s Logan Barody (126), and Saratoga’s Eric Griskowitz (120) and Doug Cooper (285).