Wrestling: Romano, Greco, Merli earn state wildcards

Valley Central’s Matt Romano, left (blue singlet) is headed back to the state tournament as one of Section 9’s two wildcards. ALLYSE PULLIAM/For the Times-Herald Record

Valley Central senior 132-pounder Matt Romano earned his third trip to the state tournament and second as a wildcard with the announcement of at-large bids Wednesday.

Romano (35-8) finished second at the Section 9 Division I tournament Saturday. The 2018 Section 9 Division I 126-pounder is seeking his first state medal next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 28-29) at the Times Union Center in Albany. He was 1-2 as a freshman (113 pounds) and sophomore. Romano’s 186 career wins rank third in Valley Central history behind state champions Cody Ruggirello and Ricky Scott. Romano has been working one-on-one with Ruggirello this season.

Warwick freshman 99-pounder Alex Greco (35-5) earned his first state trip. Greco was second at the section Division I tournament.

Newburgh Free Academy sophomore Jackson Merli will be making his first state championship appearance. Merli (37-5) placed second at 106 pounds in the Section 9 Division I tournament.

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