It seems as though all events for the night have been canceled, but I wanted to clarify an issue that I’ve been receiving questions about in the past few days.
I spoke with Mahopac coach Juan Torres tonight about the status of a few wrestlers who have been mentioned in some comments. There has been speculation about suspensions, but I didn’t want to comment until I got the story straight from coach Torres.
Two all-league wrestlers are no longer on the team, but for different reasons. Paul Caruso has been suspended for disciplinary reasons. Alex Kinker has left the team for personal reasons.
“That’s the way I was brought up, and that’s the way I was coached in high school at Sleepy Hollow,” Torres said. “No matter who it is on the team, there are no separate rules for anybody.
“We have a good core of guys; a good group. You always have a few who want to see how far they can stretch the rules, but I want them to remember that in the real world there are rules for everybody.”
Rumors of Jake Srednicki being kicked off the team are false. He was injured in the finals of the Kohl Tournament on Saturday, so he will be out for this weekend’s Super 16, but he’ll be ready to go at 125 for Divisionals. Other than Srednicki and Dan Quarto, who Torres said will sit out because he already has reached the six tournament limit, the Indians will be at full strength for this weekend.
I’d like to personally commend coach Torres for sticking to his guns and enforcing his team’s policy. He showed that he isn’t willing to put up with a lack of respect for one’s teammates, as he has clearly exhibited in the past. He is one of the most upfront and passionate coaches I have come in contact with in any sport that I’ve covered, and I believe that he is setting the right example.
On a positive note, I’ll have updates on a couple of recent college commitments from Mahopac wrestlers in tomorrow’s notebook. Hopefully, I’ll have seedings for this weekend up on the blog at some point tomorrow as well.
One more thing to look forward to early next week in preparation for sectionals… I’ll have weight class-by-weight class rankings, which should lay out who the favorites are to make the trip up to Albany for states.
Here’s the schedule for tomorrow, pending the snow. There might be a few makeups mixed in as well. If Somers can beat Carmel, they’ll clinch a league title.
Ossining at Scarsdale, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Byram Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Edgemont at Hastings, 4:30 p.m.
Woodlands at Irvington, 4:30 p.m.
Brewster at Beacon, 4:30 p.m.
Hen Hud at Putnam Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Somers at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.