PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- When Somers Brian Realbuto first wrestled in the Section 1 Large School 96-pound final as a seventh-grader, it was the start of a record-setting run.
Even though Realbuto lost that year, he would rebound to win four consecutive Section 1 titles. Realbuto made history Sunday by winning his fifth championship in the Section 1 Large School Wrestling Championships/New York State Qualifier at Pace University.
The Cornell-bound Realbuto pinned Brewsters Kyle McAlpin in one minute 18 seconds, further establishing himself as the best wrestler in Section 1 history. Realbuto is looking to continue his record run when he attempts to become Section 1s first three-time New York State champion.
The New York State Wrestling Championships are Friday and Saturday, Feb 24 and 25, at the Times Union Center in Albany.
It feels great and I am happy I finished out my sectional career on a high note, said Realbuto, now 43-1 on the season.
Along with his two state championships, Realbuto has a fourth-place finish (eighth-grade) and a second-place finish (sophomore year).
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