ALBANY, N.Y. – Brothers Brian and Dylan Realbuto have grown up together, wrestled together and helped their Somers team achieve success together.
Now they can say they won a state championship together.
Brian Realbuto became the first Section 1 wrestler to ever win three state championships by defeating Longwood’s Nick Hall by a 16-6 major decision in the 152-pound Division 1 championship match on Saturday at the Times Union Center. He jumped out to a 6-2 lead after one period and led 9-3 after two periods.
The Cornell-bound senior will go down as the best wrestler in Section 1 history. He also holds the Section 1 career wins record (277-12) and is the first five-time Section 1 champion in Division 1 history.
Dylan won a state title in dramatic fashion by defeating Hilton’s Vincent DePrez, 8-7, in the 113-pound Division 1 final. The junior was trailing 7-6 with just three seconds left and managed a takedown just before time expired.
DePrez escaped to start the third period but Realbuto picked up a takedown to tie it at 6-6. DePrez would escape again to take the lead. In the first period, Dylan fell behind 2-0 after a takedown but managed a reversal to tie it at 2-2 after one period. DePrez almost pinned Dylan in the second period and scored a near fall, but Dylan scored a reversal to cut the deficit to 5-4.
It wasn’t an easy road for Dylan, who finished second at 96 pounds last year. In the section semifinals, he was pinned late in the third period by Ossining’s Alex Delacruz and had to get a wild card bid to states after taking third at sectionals.
The No. 7 seeded Dylan won two tough matches to reach the state final. He beat Chenango Forks’ Jake Green, 6-4, in the quarterfinals and bested Amsterdam’s Brandon Lapi, 4-3, in the semifinals.
Fox Lane senior Sam Speno placed second at 126 pounds in Division 1. He fell to Eastport-South Manor’s Maverick Passaro, 2-1, in the championship match. The top-seeded Speno grabbed a 1-0 lead after an escape in the second period, but Passaro notched a reversal in the third period and held on for the win. Speno, a three-time Section 1 champion, finished second at 112 pounds last year.
Scarsdale senior Jacob Berkowitz came in second place at 182 pounds in Division 1. In a back-and-forth match, he fell to John Glenn’s Nick Ballanza, 9-6. Berkowitz was trailing 6-3 in the third period but registered an escape and a takedown to tie it up. He then cut Bellanza loose, but Bellanza then came up with a quick takedown.
In Division 2, Edgemont junior Trey Aslanian finished second at 113 pounds. The second-seeded Aslanian lost to Midlake’s Sean Peacock, 5-0, in the final. He is now a two-time state runner-up.
North Rockland 145-pounder Mike Caputo finished in fourth place in Division 1, falling to Columbia’s Evan Wallach 4-2 in the consolation finals. In the semifinals, Caputo had a 3-1 lead on second-seeded Corey Rasheed of Longwood, but he ended up losing 5-3.
Fox Lane’s Danny Ventura, who finished second in the state at 119 pounds last year, took fifth at 132 pounds. Also placing fifth was John Jay-East Fishkill’s Dale White (145 pounds), Fox Lane’s Matt Pasqualini (160 pounds), New Rochelle’s Nick Barbaria (99 pounds) and Warwick Valley’s Justin Corradino (120 pounds). Somers’ Dom DeVita took sixth at 220 pounds.
As a team, Section 1 placed fourth in Division 1 and 10th in Division 2.