Before I get into tonight’s results, I wanted to give a preview for each of tomorrow’s Section 1 Dual Meet Championship Final Four matchups.
I’ll be in attendance at New Rochelle High School when the semifinals begin at 4:45 p.m. The finals will take place immediately following.
Mahopac v. Fox Lane
On paper, it appears as though each team has clear areas of strength in their respective lineups. Fox Lane holds the distinct advantage from 96-152 pounds. The Foxes swept Brewster in the quarterfinals in those weight classes, except for one loss at 112 to junior star Mike Parise. Steve Pagliuca has been Mahopac’s top guy other than heavyweight Andy Scopino, but Fox Lane’s Steven Rodrigues should offset his presence at 140. That’s definitely a match to watch.
Other Fox Lane names to watch who have gotten off to hot starts are Ben Ettlinger at 96, Sam Speno at 119, Danny Ventura at 125, Peter Grippi at 130 and Tom Grippi at 135. Those wrestlers should ensure that the Foxes have an overall points lead as we start getting to the big boys.
Where the Indians have an advantage will be in the higher weight classes, with Tom Viento at 160, Mike Spinelli at 215 and Scopino at 285. They should do some damage late in the meet, but they’re going to have to pull off some upsets earlier in the day if they want to overtake the Foxes. These are two of the hottest teams in the section right now, who will likely be seeing each other again down the line, but at this point I’d give the slight edge to Fox Lane.
New Rochelle v. Suffern
The match to watch in this one is going to be at 130, where New Ro’s Hunter Jones will take on Suffern’s Nick Oliveto. It could be a huge momentum boost for the Mounties if Oliveto pulls off the upset, because the Huguenots appear to have the deeper team overall. Take down one of their top dogs, and Suffern can send a big message.
The Mounties edged out Clarkstown North by one point to reach the Final 4, but New Ro should be their toughest competition yet this season. Along with Jones, Aron Butler at 160, Jonathan Stokes at 189 and Malcolm Allen at 285 all have the ability to finish. The Huguenots should have an advantage in the heavier weight classes.
Suffern’s Asher Kramer at 119 was Jared’s top wrestler to watch in Rockland entering the season, and along with Alex Oliveto at 103 should be able to get the Mounties some wins earlier in the meet. But as the matches wear on, I think New Ro will continue to pull away. They’re my pick to go to the finals.
Overall, I like Fox Lane to win the whole thing, and the potential match that I would be most excited to see would be a heavyweight showdown between Scopino and Allen in the finals. That would be nearly 600 pounds of brute force colliding. The first and second place finishers in last year’s section tournament are the two favorites once again this season.
I encourage everyone who can to come down county to the NRHS gym to stop by and check out what should be a thrilling afternoon of wrestling.
Now, here is what we’ve got for you tonight:
Hackley 60, Dalton 15
103 — double forfeit; 112 — Kliot (D) by forfeit; 119 —Furman (D) dec Dan Shaw, 2-0 OT; 125 — Matt MacFarlane (H) pin Rosen, 1:30; 130 — Justin Seim (H) pin Ott, 1:32; 135 — Chris Breen (H) pin Lane, 3:05; 140 — Fisher (D) by forfeit; 145 — Josh Terry (H) pin Tessitore, 3:32; 152 — Luke Sweeney (H) pin Diprinzo, 1:29; 160 — Ignacio Mejias (H) pin Heftler, 1:47; 171 — Mike D’Alessio (H) by forfeit; 189 — Will Johnson (H) pin Savino, 2:43; 215 — Xavier Carmona (H) by forfeit; 285 — Ben Jurcic (H) by forfeit.
Records — Hackley 5-2; Dalton 5-1
Iona Prep 66, Woodlands 15
At Iona Prep
96 — Gianni Perez (I) pin. Mandi Nyanbi (W), 2:56; 103 — Conor Say (I) won by forfeit; 112 — MJ Dell’Aera (I) pin. Daniel Kramer (W) 3:45; 119 — Connor Mullins (I) pin. Elder Calim (W) 1:06; 125 — Sean Mullins (I) pin. Alwin Paul (W) 1:03; 130 — Mike Fanilli (I) pin. Raheem Lalor (W) 1:52; 135 — Salman Warrarch (I) dec. Joel Pederigan (W) 6-0; 140 — Keith Griffith (W) dec. Connor Ready (I) 11-4; 145 — Chris Elms (I) pin. Aron Salguerro (W) 1:40; 152 — Chris Armentano (I) pin. Devin Pena (W) 0:30; 160 — Brian Anderson (I) dec. Stephen Watson (W) 6-2; 171 — Joe Saputo (I) won by forfeit; 189 — Bobby Azzari (I) pin. Olatunde Gbotosho (W) 5:25; 215—Esteban Rodriguez (W) pin. Brendan Haberin (I) 2:42; 285 — Amos Pierrette (W) pin. Connor Gallin (I) 1:39
Records —?Iona Prep 10-8
Croton-Harmon 48, Byram Hills 33
96 — Andrew Barsuch (CH) by forfeit; 103 — Michael Mota (CH) dec. Matt Slosberg, 11-8; 112 — Dan Guido (CH) by forfeit; 119 — Duval Frederich (CH) pin. Alex Varnhagen, 4:24; 125 — Jake Dinkler (CH) by forfeit; 130 — David Occhipinti (CH) pin. Benjamin Ratner, 3:28; 135 — John Patrick O’Malley (CH) pin. Brandon Gunderson, 4:57; 140 — Brandon Lynn (BH) dec. John Martin; 145 — Andrew Horan (CH) pin. Robert Caprale, :43; 152 — Ahrmend Pushka (BH) pin. Devin Lewis, :37; 160 — Jordan Hartwig (CH) dec. Jacob?Sklar, 8-2; 171 — Brady Condron (BH) pin. Sam?Goldsmith, 1:51; 189 — Brian Gunderson (BH) pin. Alek Pavloff, 1:45; 215 — Keith Sherman (BH) pin. Chris Kraft, 3:55.
Yorktown 48, Pleasantville 31
96 — Ian Marshall (PV) by forfeit; 103 — Stephen Paternostro (PV) pin Nick Driscoll, 5:32; 112 — Kyle Santucci (Yk) dec. Mark Taino, 8-2; 119 — James Kaishian (Yk) pin Paul Manna, 3:37; 125 — Graham Williamson (PV) maj. dec. Chris Pyle, 13-0; 130 — Andrew Serino (PV) pin Andrew Bergin, 1:31; 135 — Jesse Jewell (Yk) maj. dec. Chris Madera, 15-7; 140 — Joe Mastro (Yk) by forfeit; 145 — Steven Sabella (Yk) tech fall Alex Dechaves 15-0; 152 — Peter Salzarulo (PV) dec. Harry Mandell, 9-7 OT; 160 — Tom Murray (Yk) pin Tom Tobiasen, :58; 171 — Emil Fernandez (YK) pin Brett Turenchalk, 1:38; 189 — Steven Martimucci (YK) pin Luca Trotta, :33; 215 — Alex Santini (YK) by forfeit; 285 — Obum Anyichie (Pv) pin David Varian, 5:05
Ketcham 42, Hen Hud 27
At Hen Hud
96 — Josh Simpfenderfer (RCK) dec. Jack Wagner 7-4; 103 — Joe Koch (HH) won by forefeit; 112 —Dean Soto (RCK) won by forefit; 119 — Danny Murphy (RCK) pin Stephen Richardson, 4:00; 125 — Tom Foy (RCK) dec.. Keving McDermott 2-0; 130 — Mark Senenromo (RCK) pin Franklin Portillo 1:25; 135 —Josh Perlmutter (HH) pin Connor O’Keefe, 1:09; 140 – Jimmy Woechner (RCK) pin. John Leonardo, :56; 145 —Brad Marvin (RCK) pin. Roberto Rosario 1:03; 152 —Adam Justiano (RCK) won by forefeit; 160 — Phil Siegal (HH) dec. Nick Wilkie 4-0; 171 — Nick DiTomasso (HH) pin. Dave Wellie 3:10; 189 —Dan Hauth (HH) dec. Joe Fabrizio 14-8; 215—double forfeit; 285 — Sean Barry (HH) dec. James Evans 8-5.
Records —RC Ketcham 5-8 Hen Hud-16