I will begin with the small schools. After looking over the first-day results, it’s no surprise that Nanuet and Westlake are 1-2, respectively. They were the two best small-school teams during the regular season. It’s too bad that Conference III did not have the Conference III title match like it previously had. Nanuet and Westlake would have met in this match.
Nice job by Pleasantville, sitting third with Ardsley fourth.
Keep an eye on the finals tomorrow because that is where the team title will be decided.
In the large-school tournament, John Jay and Fox Lane sit 1-2, respectively, and each have seven semifinalists. This is going to be fun Sunday.
The story of the day was Brewster senior Mike Lopez upsetting top-seeded and undefeated Charlie Trumm of Rye, 5-2. Lopez tilted Trumm (3-point near fall) to open the third period and snap a 2-2 tie. Then, Udit Thakur of Nyack followed it with a pin of fourth-seeded Jeff Almodovar from Ossining, setting up a Lopez-Thakur semi. On the other side, third-seeded Joe Hauser of Lakeland/Panas meets second-seeded Chris Hernandez from Yonkers.
Rye’s Eamon Marley, who is a junior at Rye Neck High School, advanced to the 189-pound semifinals where he will face top-seeded John Swertfager of John Jay.
Four wrestlers reached the 100-win plateau – Harrison’s Al Volpe, Lakeland/Panas’ John Galea, John Jay’s Brian DiBetta and one of the Cabibbo brothers (Andrew or Frank) from R.C. Ketcham. I can’t remember which Cabibbo brother it was so I am calling on RCK coach Joe Warren to identify the correct Cabibbo. Thanks Coach Warren.
Kudos to Brian DiBetta. He suffered a severe knee injury earlier this year. When I was at John Jay for the North Rockland-Jay match, JJ coach Bill Swertfager said DiBetta was planning to return in time for the postseason. DiBetta did and he joins Kyle Friedman and Justin Delamothe in the 100-win club.
Here’s hoping Harrison senior Al Volpe is okay. Volpe injured his knee in his consi quarterfinal (first period) with Mamaroneck’s Femi Wheeler. Volpe could barely put weight on it, but continued to wrestle. In the third period, the pain was excruciating and etched on his face. Harrison coach Vin Nicita stopped the match.
You hate to see any wrestler get hurt, especially a senior who is wrestling in his final sectional championships with a chance to place. Al, hope everything is okay and you’re ready for lacrosse season.
If you thought we saw some great quarterfinal matches today on the large school side, I suggest you arrive at Pace bright and early Sunday, and you stay in your seats because we are looking at some great semifinals.
See everyone at Pace Sunday.