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New Rochelle's Douglas Upsets Top-Seeded Barry

New Rochelle’s Justin Douglas was prepared for it so when Hendrick Hudson’s Sean Barry attempted the move, it resulted in the match’s conclusion.  Douglas, the eighth seed, scored a takedown with 24 seconds left in overtime for a 3-1 win over the top-seeded Barry in a 285-pound quarterfinal match in the Section 1 Large School Wrestling Championships/New York State Qualifer at Clarkstown South High School on Saturday.

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.

Douglas will be joined in the semifinals by Aaron Butler (170 pounds), Tyler Lilly (220), Bryan Ferranti (106) and Nick Barbaria (99). Douglas will meet No. 5 Tyler Vanderlinde of R.C. Ketcham in one semifinal.

Douglas and Barry were even at 1-1 following regulation. The match went into overtime because of Douglas being aware of Barry’s move.

“I was trying to make sure he did not get the headlock in on me because that was his move,” said Douglas, a first-year varsity wrestler. “I just kept moving on my feet and circling.  I was looking for a couple of shots, but I couldn’t get them in without being in a dangerous position.”

Through the first 30 seconds, Douglas said there was a lot of “pushing and pulling” between the wrestlers, then Barry made a move.

“He was going for the big throw with the headlock,” Douglas said. “I was able to squat down, bypass it, throw it over and push him to the mat.”

When Douglas was awarded the two points, concluding the match, the New Rochelle coaching staff of coach Jim Guccione and, assistants Eddie Ortiz and Ryan Velez, erupted with enthusiasm. Douglas was greeted by his coaches and 2011 New York State Large School Wrestling Champion and New Rochelle graduate, Malcolm Allen.

“Winning this was amazing,” said Douglas as a smile engulfed his face. “My dream was to beat him and try and place in the sectionals and maybe win it. Malcolm told me I did a great job.”

In other semifinals for New Rochelle Sunday, Butler will face No. 5 Steven Sabella of Yorktown, Lilly gets third-seeded Danny Cline of Fox Lane, Ferrandi meets top-seeded Mike Parise of Brewster and Barbaria has fifth-seeded Alfredo Olmedo of Arlington.

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