LoHud Wrestling Blog: States: Championship thoughts

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From LoHud Wrestling Blog.

Posted by: Vincent Mercogliano on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 1:39 pm.

While I can’t say for sure, I’d have to guess that it’s probably been a pretty good morning for Edgemont senior Trey Aslanian (pictured above) and Ossining junior Alex Delacruz. The first time that you wake up and realize you’re a state champ has to be an awesome feeling. What happened last night is slowly starting to sink in, and now each will forever be known as a state champ.

The only two Section 1 wrestlers to the reach the state finals on Saturday at the Times Union Center each pulled out a win despite trailing at one point in each match. Their titles capped another great weekend in Albany, in which 20 locals placed—13 in D1, and 7 in D2. Section 1 took fifth in D1 (trailing Section 5 by half of a point), and sixth in D2.

• In each of the three seasons that I’ve been on the wrestling beat, I’ve seen Aslanian compete in the state finals. When he lost as a sophomore two years ago, it seemed inevitable that he would eventually get his title, but coming into this weekend, I wasn’t quite as sure. After losing again in the finals last season, he was lined up to wrestle the same guy who beat him in that match on Saturday—Midlakes’ Sean Peacock. Mentally, it has to be incredibly tough to go up against someone who has denied you of the title once already, but the Princeton-bound senior showed his toughness and ability to adjust. Peacock took him down early in the first period, which had to evoke bad memories of years past, but Aslanian executed his strategy of slowing down the pace and limiting Peacock’s scoring opportunities for the rest of the match. Peacock rode him for the rest of the first period, working extremely hard to turn Trey. But Aslanian kept the deficit manageable, not allowing Peacock to score again and coming back for the 4-2 decision. “He got that takedown and for a split second you go, ‘This might happen again,’ ” Aslanian said. “I’m happy I didn’t dig myself into too much of a hole in that first period. You can overcome a two-point deficit, but against a kid like Sean Peacock, you can’t overcome a five-point deficit. He came pretty close – he was in good position on top, and you get a little nervous you might get turned – but as the match went on, and I felt more and more confident.”

• The momentum swung strongly in Aslanian’s favor early in the second period, when he was able to turn Peacock for two quick back points, which tied the score at 2-2. With the way the match started, Aslanian could have easily begun sensing impending doom, but once he tied it, it felt like a new match. “To be honest with you, I wasn’t even looking to turn him,” he said. “I threw that half in, and rolled with it. I got that turn, and it turned the entire match around. It went from, ‘I need a takedown,’ to, ‘Now I’m going to try to ride him out for the win.’ Very, very different circumstances.”

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• Trey has always been a pretty even-keeled kid, at least from the conversations that I’ve had with him. He never shows too much emotion, and really comes off as a very focused and stoic individual, but at the conclusion of the finals, he had a smile from ear-to-ear. He was both ecstatic and relieved at the same time, which is completely understandable. I’m sure deep down he feared that this moment might never come, and he talked about how he’d “dreamed about it so many times.” Winning this title in his senior season makes the pain from those previous two losses vanish (or at least significantly subside), and he kept expressing his thanks to all of those who have helped him get to this point. His coach, Pete Jacobson (pictured above) was overcome with joy for the wrestler who has helped take his program to new heights, while Trey’s brother Tyler Aslanian and good friend Dylan Realbuto of Somers came down to give him some big bear hugs. Trey wanted everyone to feel like they were apart of his success. “So much sacrifice goes into it, and the reason I’m so excited is because it’s not just about me,” he said. “That’s how I approached this match. It’s for all of the coaches who spent all of that time with me, my family, Tyler. He lost in the section finals, but he was training with all week. That’s not fun for him, but people really invested the time in me. I feel like I had to give something back, which makes this really special for me.”

Photos by Matthew Brown/The Journal News

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