Hello all! I’ve only got a few sets of results for you guys tonight (a mix from Monday and Tuesday), as it seems most teams are gearing up for the Super 16 and Rockland County Championships this weekend.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ll be covering the Super 16 on Saturday at White Plains, while Jake Thomases is heading to Tappan Zee for the Rockland Championships. I can assure you that we will have each tourney covered inside and out, with full results up that night.
I spoke with coach Tony Iasiello from White Plains and coach Peter Dene from Tappan Zee tonight to arrange for the seedings to be sent over in the next few days. I’m hoping to have those up for you on Thursday, but Friday will be the absolute latest.
Before I give you the scores, I wanted to briefly touch on an ongoing debate within the comments section of the blog. Old skool and sw1ss have each raised valid points in regards to the quality of competition in D1 schools compared to D2 schools. Let’s remember to try and avoid anything that might be perceived as disrepectful, but I think both arguments are very well thought out.
Without a doubt, outside of Nanuet, there are probably 15-20 D1 schools who are better than any other D2 school. School size certainly has something to do with that, but I think reputation is just as much of a factor. If you go to Fox Lane, John Jay, New Rochelle, Mahopac or even Nanuet, wrestling is something you probably hear about everyday. The school gets excited about big name wrestlers, and younger kids who look up to them want to get into the sport. Same goes for New Rochelle football, Mount Vernon basketball, Suffern hockey and Mamaroneck baseball. Those schools have more success setting up youth programs, which are essential to developing a top-notch program. Look at a sport like lacrosse, which is huge at schools such as Yorktown and John Jay, but struggles at schools where students aren’t picking up a stick until their freshmen year. Experience at a young age matters.
I think old skool’s point about coaching is legitimate. A good coach can energize nearly any program, although some may take more time than others. A D2 school can establish itself as a consistent contender with the right coach at the helm, and over time as that school gains recognition for it’s wrestling, the youth movement will follow. Pretty soon, the number of kids coming out during wrestling season will double, giving that coach a deeper talent pool from which to choose.
As with any sport, the smaller schools are also going to struggle against the larger schools. To be frank, that’s why we give more coverage to the larger schools. With that said, that doesn’t mean that a wrestler from a D2 school (be it Aslanian, Occhipinti, Osleeb, Paratore, etc.) can’t beat some of the best D1 wrestlers. Just because a D2 team can’t compete with a D1 school at a Dual Meet doesn’t mean that an individual can’t.
I really think that this argument works both ways, but the important thing to remember is that any wrestler can beat anyone on any given day. I think it would be neat to combine every school for sectionals and see who comes out on top. Just because a guy wrestles for a D2 school doesn’t make him any less of a wrestler, but unfortunately the D1 guys are usually going to be better; mainly because they get to compete against better competition on a week-to-week basis.
Anyone else care to weigh in? (no pun intended)
Here’s the results:
Mahopac 49, Carmel 27
At Mahopac, Monday
96—Mike DiNardo (M) pin John Knox, 0:35; 103—Zack Boker (M) pin Vinny DeBellis, 1:48; 112—Nick Roselino© pin. Brendan Camastro, 1:35; 119—Danny Quarto (M) pin Jesse Barticadp, 3:58; 125—Mike Camastro (M) dec. Tom Davidson, 5-3; 130—Joe Caporale© dec. Max Bachmeier, 2-0; 135—Steve Pagliucca (M) maj. dec. Chris Pecora, 18-5; 140—Vince Pecora© dec. Nick Puoplo, 7-2; 145—James Auteri© pin. Tim Bunyea, 4:28; 152—Billy Dargan (M) dec. Jamie Muteahey, 5-2; 160—Tom Viento (M) pin Ryan Moran, 2:36; 171—Nick Bocchino (M) pin Chris Sertile, 1:28; 189—Mike Spinelli (M) pin. Fatmir Dervishaj, 1:01; 215—A.J. Alverez© pin. Tyler Otero, 0:57; 285—Andy Scopino (M) pin Steve Keck, 0:19.
Records—Mahopac 21-4, Carmel 15-12.
Suffern 68, Nyack 15
96 — Mike Koodin (Sf) pin. Nick Lopez 1:03; 103 — Alex Oliveto (Sf) won by forfeit; 112 — Asher Kramer (Sf) won by forfeit; 119 — Prashant Thakur (Nk) dec. Ryan Smith 6-1; 125?— Justin Artrip (Sf) pin. James Giraldez 3:06; 130 — Greg Yaniga (Sf) tech. fall. Kessler Felix 18-2; 135 — Willie Pierc (Sf) pin. German Lucero 1:59; 140 —?Peter Dorf (Sf) won by forfeit; 145 — Lou Rawiszer (Sf) dec. Jacob Lieberman 11-4; 152?— Nick Giella (Sf) won by forfeit; 160 — Nick Kantor (Sf) won by forfeit; 171?— Bryant Quchiz (Sf) won by forfeit; 189?— Joe Cummings (Nk) pin. Mike?Rodriguez 1:24; 215 — Bryan Burger (Sf) won by forfeit; 285?— Steven Maldonado (Nk) won by forfeit.
Records — Suffern 13-5.
Sleepy Hollow 57, Scarsdale 24
103 — Mike Hodges (Sc) by forfeit; 112 — John Tambunting (Sc) pin Edgar Patino, 1:38; 119 — Juan Pablo Loja (SH) pin Daniel Jureller, 3:06; 125 — Edwin Jimenez (SH) pin James Hill, 3:39; 130 — Joe Koshakow (Sc) pin Edwin Lopez, 4:42; 135 — Steven Bencosme (SH) tech. fall Adam Meyer; 140 — Chris Lopez (SH) pin Trevor Schrier, 1:35; 145 — Gabriel Palacios (SH) pin Eric Berman, 3:31; 152 — Adam Hofling (SH) pin Jake Feingold, 2:11 ; 160 — Ben Hofling (SH) by forfeit; 171 — Dondrey Sharrock (SH) dec. Jacob Berkowitz, 5-3; 189 — Jack Braun (Sc) pin Kayzon Stovall, 1:02; 215 — Michael Segarra (SH) pin Isaiah Genis, 1:17; 285 — Frank Curnaj (SH) by forfeit.