In his first year as the starting 99-pounder for Byram Hills, freshman Jon Errico has won a divisional title and is now one win away from wrestling for the Section 1 Large School 99-pound championship.
Errico advanced Saturday to the semifinals with a pair of wins on day one of the Section 1 Large School Wrestling Championships/New York State Qualifier at Clarkstown South High School.
Wrestling will resume Sunday at 9 a.m. with one round of wrestle back consolations before going into the semifinals for both large and small schools at the Goldstein Center on the campus of Pace University in Pleasantville. The large school and small school finals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
North Rockland sits in first place after day one with 82.5 points, followed by defending champion Fox Lane, 78 points, and New Rochelle, 61 points.
Errico, now 31-3 this season, is the first Byram Hills wrestler to reach the sectional championship semifinals since becoming a varsity program four years ago. Errico, the third seed, will face second-seeded Kevin Rodriguez of Port Chester in one semifinal.
Errico is in the semis after pins over Michael Carnevalle of Ossining at 2:38 and North Rocklands Derek DiMarsico at 3:41. Errico was leading both matches when he pinned.
Coach was working with us on our conditioning and he wanted us to step it up for the second and third periods so when it comes to that you still have a lot left, Errico said. Errico was leading DiMarsico by four points in the second period when he went after him and finished the pin.
The North Rockland wrestler was tough but I caught him with a good bar, Errico said. I knew I had to step it up because I was only up four. I knew at any time he could something and make it a close match.
Errico is looking forward to his semi-final match, but also understands the degree of difficulty.
Going forward with each match it is going to get tougher and tougher so I will have to give it all I have, Errico said.
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