These are going to be fire. Check out the five best semifinals going down at Eastern States at Noon CT.
99 lbs. Marc-Anthony McGowan, Citrus Park Christian, FL. Vs. Jared Weinhaus, Sahem East, NY.
Marc-Anthony McGowan, an eighth grader who won just about everything you can win at the youth level, is taking the high school wrestling world by storm. McGowan, at one of his first major high school tournaments has a tech and two pins on his way to the Semi-Finals, and in that tech he hit the Imanari Roll that has been setting instagram on fire. Watch him go up against tough scrapper out of Sachem East High School, Jared Weinhaus, who also already has two pins in the tournament.
113 lbs. Greg Diakomihalis, Hilton, NY. Vs. Luke Smith, Hauppauge, NY.
One obvious reason to watch this match is the sweet wrestling stylings of Greg Diakomihalis. Greg D, who has been hitting his beautiful signature elbow control duck to leg attack all tournament, is back down at 113 lbs and is looking as good as ever. Smith is an all-state wrestler out of Hauppauge High School, who is coming off a big win over 2018 New York State Champ, Terry Adams. Smith is going to look to ride the wave he’s on and take out on of the best wrestlers in the country, Greg Diakomihalis.
120 lbs. Sam Latona, Thompson, AL. Vs. Matthew Garland, South Jefferson-Sandy Creek, NY.
Now usually if you have a former state, and national champion who just took second at Super 32, would be a shoe-in for an Eastern States Classic Final, but the way Sam Latona’s Quarter-Final match went, I wouldn't be so sure. Latona, who won Fargo in 2017, had an overtime thriller in the Quarters against Monsignor Farrell’s James Ryan, where he was in danger of losing several time in the match. Can Matthew Garland, two-time all-state wrestler in NY, pull off the upset that James Ryan was so close to?
126 lbs. Zeke Escalera, Wyoming Seminary, PA. Vs. Zach Redding, Eastport-South Manor, NY.
Wyoming Seminary only sent their B team to The Eastern States Classic, but lucky for us, Wyoming Seminary has a wealth of talent in their room and a Fargo and Prep National Champion is on their B team. Zeke Escalera won Fargo in 2017 and Preps last year, and is looking to add an ESC title to his resume. Escalera won’t have it easy in the Semis, he’s got New York State Champion Zach Redding, who is no stranger to the national rankings. The winner will most likely get #3 ranked Ryan Jack, to make for a fire final here at 126 lbs.
138 lbs. Adam Bussiello, Eastport-South Manor, NY. Vs. Mahari Miller, Springfield Central, MA.
Adam Bussiello has been a staple here at the Eastern States Classic, that we’re going to miss at this tournament for years to come. Good thing for us Bussiello is continuing his wrestling career at A that Bussiello is continuing his wrestling at Arizona State University. For a long time Bussiello was commited to do his wrestling for Coach Cael Sanderson at Penn State, but just this year, in his final year of high school, Bussiello changed his commitment to Arizona State. So in this match, Penn State fans can watch what they’re missing out on, and Sun Devil fans can watch what they’re getting.