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Mount Vernon’s Dakota Riley, top, takes control over Loveland’s Brandon Tucker in their 113-pound match of the consolation quarterfinal round in Day 2 at the OHSAA Division I state wrestling championship. Riley won, 4-3.
Mount Vernon’s Dakota Riley, top, takes control over Loveland’s Brandon Tucker in their 113-pound match of the consolation quarterfinal round in Day 2 at the OHSAA Division I state wrestling championship. Riley won, 4-3. (Photo by Bill Davis) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
March 2, 2013 12:50 am EST

 

COLUMBUS — The evening session of Day 2 of the 2013 OHSAA State Wrestling Championships was about climbing as many steps up the podium as possible.

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Having already wrapped up at least an eighth place finish, Mount Vernon’s 113 pound Dakota Riley (45-3) took on Santino Disabato (38-8) in Friday evening’s consolation quarterfinal, decisioning the Westerville North wrestler, 4-2. The win guarantees Riley at least a sixth place finish overall.

“That’s not enough,” said Riley. “We’ve got more to go.”

He also has a shot at finishing as high as third — the same place he finished in the 106-pound bracket at last year’s state.

It didn’t look so promising early. Disabato took a 1-0 lead in the middle of the first period with an escape. Riley was unable to score until early in the final period when, with Disabato in control, Riley rolled into a spectacular reversal to take a 2-1 lead.

“I just wanted to stay in the match,” said Riley. “I finally got my points.”

Riley lost hold of Disabato with 1:08 to go, tying the score. Disabato then took a low shot at Riley with a little over 30 seconds to go in the match. A few seconds later he took a high shot trying to outmuscle the powerful Riley. In both cases, Riley fought off the attack.

Finally, Riley, attacking from Disabato’s left, got a last-second takedown to score a pair of winning points. After a brief discussion, the officials agreed that the takedown came before time expired in the match.

“The last second, I had him in a front headlock,” said Riley. “He started to relax. I got my two.”

“(Riley) did a nice job of pushing the action late,” said Mount Vernon coach John Brown.

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