Leading off today:
It's two down and two to go for Jacori Teemer in the Long Beach senior's bid for "one for the thumb."
Teemer pinned both his opponents in a combined 1:12 Friday on the opening day of the NYSPHSAA wrestling championships in Albany and advanced to the 152-pound semifinals in Division I. Two more victories would give the Arizona State commit five state championships.
Teemer's opponent in the semis will be Rocky Point's Corey Connolly, who scored a takedown with three seconds left to earn a 3-2 win against Yorktown's Connor Thomas in the quarterfinals.
Teemer and Connolly are two of 27 competitors from the Long Island sections still alive for Division I crowns. Another eight remain in the hunt in Division II. Wantagh moved four competitors through to the semis.
Among those in Division I is three-time defending state champ Adam Busiello of Eastport-South Manor, who won his two matches at 126 by technical fall and pin.
Section 11 placed three wrestlers -- seniors Deonte Wilson (Amityville) and Tim Nagosky (Smithtown West) and junior Joey Slackman (Commack) -- into the 285-pound semifinals in Division I by means of four pins and a pair of decisions.
One of the best story lines of the tournament remains intact. Elijah Rodriguez was 38-0 as a Long Beach junior a season ago and a candidate to make some real noise in Albany until he fractured an ankle just days before the meet. He wrestled anyway and actually won a match before being eliminated.
Rodriguez won twice at 220 pounds on Friday to improve to 42-4 for the season.
"Right now, I feel great," he said. "I have my health. I feel powerful and I'm ready to go."
More wrestling: You've got to love Ian McKenna's persistence. McKenna, a New Hartford senior, was 0-6 in three career trips to the state meet until yesterday, when he registered two pins in the 138-pound class to make the semis -- one of a startling 16 Section 3 wrestlers to do so in Division II.
McKenna is 41-2 this season.
"I've been visualizing this for a long time," he said. "Now, I know what to do here, where to go, and what to expect, and I've put in a lot more work in the offseason."
• Penfield's Frankie Gissendanner remained alive in a bid for his fourth state title. The top-seeded senior at 145 pounds in Division I captured his two victories via technical fall and pin at the Times Union Center.
Gissendanner appears on course for a championship-bout rematch with Shenendehowa's Kiernan Shanahan.
"I hear everyone talking about how good he is," Shanahan said. "But I always just say, 'I want to wrestle that kid again.'"
Sophomore Greg Diakomihalis of Hilton, already a two-time state champion, spent only 2:23 seconds on the mat in recording two pins at 113 pounds in Division I.
• Norwich has four wrestlers alive in hunt for the Division II championships, including 170-pound senior Ty Rifanburg after an 8½-minute ordeal against Alden-Akron's Jacob Sarow for a 5-4 victory. The match was briefly halted with :06 left in the final OT when Rifanburg was mistakenly called for a second stalling warning, which would have given Sarow a match-ending point.
"It's all heart right there," Rifanburg said. "I was dog tired. One last shot and I did everything I could do. I'm happy to come out on top. He's a great wrestler and that was a fun match. Definitely a brawl."
Girard does it again: Junior Joe Girard III scored 60 points in Glens Falls' 87-78 win over Schuylerville in a Section 2 Class B quarterfinal.