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Somers' Realbuto Brothers Win State Mat Titles

ALBANY, N.Y. – Dylan Realbuto had three seconds remaining to take a shot and finish it, usually not enough time to complete in any match, let alone in the third period of Saturday’s New York State Division I 113-pound championship match.

The Somers junior anticipated the referee’s whistle to resume and went full bore at his opponent, Hilton’s Vincent DePrez. Realbuto wrapped him up and brought him down for the decisive two points and an 8-7 win at the Times Union Center.

Later in the evening, older brother and Cornell-bound Brian Realbuto won the 152-pound title with a 16-5 win over Longwood’s Nick Hall. Brian Realbuto became Section 1’s first three-time state champion and five-time state place finisher.

However, before the celebration could begin, the officials had a meeting to discuss the call. Following the discussion, the referee walked out to the center of the mat and made the takedown call official.

“I knew I had it, but I was praying,” said Realbuto of the takedown. “You can feel it when you have it. It happened the same way in my Eastern States semi.”

It was the first state title for Realbuto, who was the 2011 96-pound runner-up last year, “I wasn’t losing again,” said an ecstatic Realbuto. “Finishing in second place here was the worst feeling I ever had.”

Prior to his decisive takedown, Realbuto was in deep on a shot attempt, but the referee ruled a stalemate with, stopping the clock with three seconds remaining. Realbuto tried to anticipate the whistle, and jumped it, without the clock starting.

“I saw him step back so I was going with the double because I needed it and I was going hard,” Realbuto said. “I was still made about the stalemate because I felt I was going to get it there.”

Brian Realbuto took control of the match 10 seconds in and immediately turned it into a take-down clinic. Even though he won, Realbuto’s excitement level peaked watching his brother win.

“That was the happiest moment I had in wrestling, even more than winning my first state title,” said Brian Realbuto of Dylan’s state title. “I gave him a hug after the match and told him, ‘You did it!’ Then I spent the next 20 minutes calming myself down and getting focused because I was so happy and excited watching him pull off such a great win.

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