I’ve been working on some team power rankings to release at some point this week, and Somers made its case for the top five in Division 1 with a title at the Chase Media Group Holiday Classic at Yorktown yesterday. As detailed in my article which appeared in today’s paper, the Tuskers championship match against Yorktown featured an interesting strategic battle that produced similar results. The final score of 37-34 was the same exact score that Somers won by when the two teams met in the Section 1 Dual Meet tourney.
The Tuskers bumped Brian Realbuto all the way up to 170 pounds in an effort to take a win away from one of Yorktown’s big guns, namely Steven Sabella. But the ‘Huskers countered by bumping Sabella up to 182 and Thomas Murray up to 195, which we might as well start referring to as the “B-Real Treatment.” You can expect most teams to avoid Section 1’s all-time wins leader at all costs in a dual meet setting.
Since Sabella and Murray were still able to pick up wins for Yorktown, the final score of the match didn’t change. Somers tried to take a win away from the ‘Huskers at 285 by bumping Dom DeVita up to wrestle against David Varian, but Varian prevailed in triple OT. It was an encouraging match for DeVita, who hung tough with one of the top super heavyweights in the section. (On a side note, look for Varian vs. Hen Hud’s Sean Barry in their dual meet on Tuesday. Those are the top two supers in my weight class rankings.)
Overall, Realbuto, his brother Dylan and Nick Giancaspro each went undefeated for the Tuskers over the weekend. DeVita’s only loss came against Varian, while Luke Roediger, Larry Courtine, Kyle Turchick and Mark Lasar also had strong showings. For Yorktown, Sabella, Murray, Varian, Joe Mastro and Jimmy Kaishain did not lose over the course of the two day tournament.
The biggest surprise of the tournament was Ossining, which placed third by defeating Croton-Harmon in the consolation dual, 49-25. The Pride are making a case to be ranked in the top 10 after they finished ahead of the likes of Carmel, Sleepy Hollow, Hen Hud and John Jay. We all know about Alex Delacruz, but Devante Harrell and Andy Balcomb also went undefeated for the weekend. They’ve taken some beatings in the past few years, but seem to really be coming together this season. Harrell is the only senior in Ossining’s lineup, so there’s still room to grow for this young team.
And lastly, with its fourth place finish, Croton-Harmon stated its case for a top three ranking in Division 2. The Tigers took care of Putnam Valley in impressive fashion with a 49-22 win, and placed higher than any other D2 school present.
Here’s a few tidbits from other tournaments that were going on over the weekend:
Hackley outlasts several local teams at the Irvington Duals: Hackley took second at the Irvington Dual Meet tournament over the weekend, placing higher than any Section 1 public school. Sayville from Long Island won the whole thing.
Hackley went 4-1 for the day, beating Irvington, Port Chester, Pawling and Brewster B. Justin Seim tied for the school record with 115 wins by defeating Chris Siracusa in the final. He was named the Champion of Champions after going 5-0 for the day, improving to 15-0 for the season. Tappan Zee placed third, and Port Chester placed fourth.
Here is the box score from the final:
Sayville 66, Hackley 15
99 — B. Hald (S) won by forfeit. 106 — C. McAuliff (S) won by forfeit. 113 — M. Farese (S) dec. Steve Zak (H) 12-1. 120 — J. Siracusa (S) won forfeit. 126 — M. Leshinger (S) dec. Dan Shaw (H) 23-7. 132 — Justin Seim (H) dec. C. Siracusa (S) 3-2 (OT). 138 — N. Pesko (S) pin Chris Breen (H) 4:16. 145 — L. Ciancimino (S) pin Josh Terry (H) :36. 152 — D. Caliendo (S) won forfeit. 160 — K. O’Connor (S) pin Damis Yancopoulos (H) 1:44. 170 — J. Meyer (S) won forfeit. 182 — R. Reyes (S) dec. Will Johnson (H) 8-4. 195 — K. Bethea (S) pin Rodrigo Mejias (H) :20. 220 — Xavier Carmona (H) pin J. Papa (S) 1:15. 285 — Ben Jurcic (H) won by forfeit.
Brewster wins Lewis Johnson Memorial Dual Meet tournament: Coming off of its big win at the Section 1 Dual Meet championship on Wednesday, the Bears carried that momentum to a title at Ravena HS on Saturday. They defeated Onteora, RC Ketchem, Bethlehem, Ravena and Saugerties.
Senior Mike Parise was name the Most Outstanding Wrestler from 99-145 pounds. Parise, Tyler Gonska, Jimmy Duncan and Gino Gioelli each went 5-o for Brewster. Tommy Gonska went 3-0, and Liam Erickson went 2-0. Andrew Sion, Kyle McAlpin and Harry Erickson each went 4-1.
Muldoon vs. Benderoth: I know that many of you have commented about liking when I can take videos and put them up on the blog. I took some yesterday, but have been having some technical issues getting them up on the web. I received an email from a blogger though with a pretty interesting match that I thought you all might like to see.
If anyone ever takes any good videos, feel free to either post them in the comments section or email them to me. I’d be glad to post them.