Horace Greeleys Scott Wymbs had just allowed North Rocklands Ekpenede Imasuen to even the score with two points in the third period. The junior did not want his 195-pound quarterfinal match going into overtime so Wymbs took advantage of an opening.
Wymbs secured a takedown in the final five seconds for a 5-3 victory on day one of the Section 1 Large School Wrestling Championships/New York State Qualifier at Clarkstown South High School.
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.
Wymbs will face seventh-seeded Nick Giancaspro of Somers. Giancaspro upset second-seeded Deondre Pierce of Beacon, 9-5, in a quarterfinal.
Wymbs, the third seed, came into sectionals wanting to improve on last years showing when he lost his two matches. Being one win away from the semifinals, Wymbs was not pleased that he let his lead slip away.
I wanted to score because I did not want the match going into overtime, Wymbs said. Leading 3-1, Wymbs surrendered an escape to Imasuen, then was penalized a point for stalling, tying the score at 3-3. Imasuen continued to come at Wymbs in the final seconds of the match and Wymbs took him down with three seconds on the clock.
I knew he was going to shoot because he had taken that shot a few times before in the match, Wymbs said. When he took the shot, I caught his arm and once I knew I had it, I was able to take him down.
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