|Tyler Aslanian will try to lead Edgemont to its first Section Title.|
Posted by: Vincent Mercogliano on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 8:23 am.
As a way of predicting how I see the team standings looking at this weekend?s sectional tournaments, I?m releasing my newest Power Rankings: Sectional edition. This is my best estimation of how each team will fare based on the amount of wrestlers that I see placing from each. The order might not be exact when it?s all said and done, but I think this is a pretty good indication of?the top five in Division 2.
1. Nanuet ? The race for first in D2 is about as close as it gets. When I tried to do the math and figure out point totals for the Golden Knights and Edgemont, it literally came out exactly the same. Both teams have about 10 guys who I can easily see placing, and both have three who look like they should win section titles. For Nanuet, that would be Vinny Skokos (106), Anthony Calvano (120), and Dan Breit (195), but there are about four others who could make the finals, most notably the Dillon brothers (Joe at 99, and Matt at 138). If anyone of them breaks through, it could give the Golden Knights a decided edge.
2. Edgemont ? Realistically, the Panthers probably have about a 50-50 chance of winning an overall title, but someone had to take second. With the Aslanians (Tyler at 99, and Trey at 113), and Daniel Kornberg (220), Edgemont has multiple section title favorites. Sky Korek (113) and Jack McCormack (145) also look like finalists, but the Panthers might need one or two more to step up for them to win a title. In total, I think the Panthers will have more wrestlers place than other team.
3. Croton-Harmon ? The Tigers look like they should have the third spot locked up if they take care of business. They?ll place more wrestlers than any team other than Nanuet and Edgemont, which is a credit to the depth they?ve developed. David Occhipinti (132) is Croton?s best bet for a title, with D.J. Frederich (120) and Chris Kraft (195) also right there.
4. Pleasantville ? After winning a section title two years ago, the Panthers took a step back last season. This season, they seem to be heading back in the right direction. Obum Anyichie (285) should win a section title, but there are others who could make names for themselves this weekend. Stephen Paternostro (113) and Graham Williamson (126) come to mind. There are a number of teams in the mix for this spot, but Pleasantville is as good of a bet as any.
5. Ardsley ? This would give us three teams with the Panthers as their mascot in the top five. Drew Longo (126) has always been the big name for Ardsley, but this is an up-and-coming program. Jonah Gerstel should be in the mix for a title at 106 pounds, and I could possibly see about four other guys placing.
On the fringe: Irvington, Pawling, Putnam Valley.