ALBANY, N.Y. – Trey Aslanian wanted one final chance at winning a New York State wrestling championship, and the Edgemont senior received it Saturday.
Aslanian faced Sean Peacock of Midlakes in the New York State Division 2 120-pound final, the same opponent who denied him a 2012 113-pound state championship.
This time, Aslanian had the final say as he scored two points in the third period and went on to a 4-2 victory over Peacock at Albany's Times Union Center.
Aslanian is Edgemont’s first state champion but he was not the only Westchester County wrestler to win a state title Saturday. Ossining junior Alex Delacruz won the Division 1 120-pound championship.
“I’ve known Trey nine years, since I’ve been coaching, and when we started the youth wrestling program, Trey was the first kid in it as a fourth-grader,” Edgemont coach Pete Jacobson said. “And, hands down, Trey has always been the hardest-working kid I ever coached.”
Aslanian trailed 2-0 after the first period, but opened the second in the offensive position. He immediately turned Peacock for two back points. In the third period, Aslanian took a 3-2 lead when he forced a stall point on Peacock, who then cut him for another point.
“Trey has worked hard these last nine years and today he got what he has worked so hard for,” Jacobson said.
Yorktown senior Joe Mastro became that program’s first place-finisher, taking third in the Division 1 152-pound weight class. Five minutes later, classmate Thomas Murray placed fourth at 182 pounds.
Somers’ senior Dylan Realbuto (126 pounds) and Fordham Prep senior and Mohegan Lake resident Sam Melikian (132 pounds) each finished third. Fox Lane senior Tommy Grippi closed out his career with his 200th varsity win to finish fifth at 145. New Rochelle junior Nick Barbaria finished fifth at 106, becoming New Rochelle’s first two-time state place-finisher.
In Division 2, Ardsley four-time sectional champ Drew Longo finished fourth at 138 and Irvington’s Brett Pastore was sixth at 152.
Mastro lost his first-round match, then demonstrated mental toughness and determination to win five consecutive matches to finish third.
“I was so tense and so nervous in my first match,” Mastro said. “I lost a match I never felt I should have lost. After that, all of my coaches spoke to me and told me I was going to take third,
“Once I got my first win in wrestlebacks, I was a lot more relaxed and went after it," he said. "I stayed composed and wrestled smart. Once I started wrestling my match, good things happened.”
Grippi joins former Fox Lane teammate Steven Rodrigues in the 200-win club.
"It feels good," said Grippi of his 200th win. "I would have liked to have gotten it in the semifinals but it's still a nice feeling."
Grippi has family bragging rights over older brothers Joey and Peter.
"I'm the only Grippi to finish my high school career with a win so I have that over my brothers," said Grippi, with a laugh.