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Vinny Gallo makes a statement for unseeded wrestlers with runner-up finish

Beckwith opened the third period with an escape and then caught Gallo to get the junior on his back long enough to score two back points to go along with the two points he received for the takedown. Gallo fought his way around to avoid the pin, but he couldn't get up from the mat to avoid the shutout.

"When I went on my back, I said, 'Whoa.' But I just had to fight off my back," said Gallo.

"I was trying to get the (pin) because he kept coming at me, but I was happy to hold on," said Beckwith.

The state tournament may not be the last time Beckwith and Gallo cross paths this year. Both wrestlers are planning to compete at junior nationals later this year.

"That would be a great match if we met down there," said Beckwith.

"You couldn't ask for anything more," added Gallo.

Gallo wasn't the only area wrestler to place at the state tournament. Scotia-Glenville's Dan Riggi finished fourth in the Division I (large school) 125-pound weight class. Riggi lost to Monroe-Woodbury's Jamie Franco 1-0 in the semifinals, came back to pin Uniondale's Mike Walker in the consolation semifinals before losing to Chenango Forks' Casey Lanave 6-4 in the third-place bout.""

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