You can read my story and see box scores from the Bernie Miller Invitational by clicking here, but I also have some videos and results from other tourneys that I wanted to share.
• As I wrote yesterday, Brewster looks very strong from top-to-bottom. I definitely see the Bears as one of the top dual meet teams in the section, and they should be a major player when the Section 1 duals begin this week. No team at Rye really challenged the Bears, with most of their key wrestlers taking care of business. Brewster’s top guy is returning section champ Liam Erickson, who improved his career wins total to 134 with five wins on Saturday, as he inches closer to Mike Parise’s school record of 167. Erickson was wrestling at 145 pounds, and I got his major decision over John Jay’s Ari Fay on video. “We don’t have a 99-pounder this year, so that’s obviously a weakness,” Brewster coach Tom Looby said. “But besides that, we have a pretty strong lineup.”
• After Erickson, the next most likely wrestler who could challenge for a section title is Gino Gioielli, who was named the overall MOW. He also went 5-0 while wrestling at 170, and he told me that’s the weight that he expects to remain at all season. Here is video of Gioielli beating John Jay’s Billy Greene by technical fall. “I’ve been training hard,” he said. “I go to Iowa Style Wrestling a lot, and I’m wrestling at Brewster constantly and lifting. That’s why I went up to 170 now, because I’m lifting and trying to stay strong. I’m keeping in shape and doing everything that I feel like I should be doing.”
• Tyler Gonska (120) and Nick McGill (138) also went undefeated on the day for Brewster. I got Gonska’s 7-1 decision over Scarsdale’s Robbie Keltz on video. “I think that those guys are definitely going to be looking to place in the section,” Looby said of his four wrestlers that went 5-0 on Saturday. “And possibly win some titles.”
• While I expected Brewster to be the team to beat at Rye, I certainly didn’t think that Lakeland/Panas would be next in line. The Rebels really impressed me with a deep lineup that features a few guys who should put their names on the map this season. Their dual meet in the semifinals against John Jay was probably the most exciting of the day, with a stretch of four critical matches that were each decided by two points or less. Lakeland/Panas has seniors in every spot from 132-152—John DiDomenico, Jonathan Pla, Blake Cohen and Chris Carlucci—and they each pulled out close wins that led to a 39-33 upset win over the Indians. I caught Pla’s OT win over Brian Kershner on video. “I thought we wrestled really well,” Cohen said. “We were able to fill in a lot of the spots, and we have a lot of good seniors on the team. Some freshmen stepped up today, so it worked out well.”
• The only wrestler who I currently have ranked from Lakeland/Panas—although that could change soon—is Stephen Kelley at 285 pounds, and he went unbeaten on Saturday. Here is his quick pin of Scarsdale’s Jordan Frankenthaler. Obviously, defending champ Mike Manni of Tappan Zee is a heavy favorite in that weight class, but Kelley is only a junior and should be in the mix for the next two years.
• Horace Greeley won its own dual meet tournament, with Cornwall taking second, followed by Carmel and Yorktown. The Quakers beat Yorktown in the first round (40-37), then Byram Hills (51-21) and Salesian (56-18). In the semifinals, Greeley beat Carmel (54-34). And in the finals, the Quakers beat Cornwall (43-30). Mitchell Klein was named MOW. Klein, Billy Marino, Brock Cvijanovich, Paul Seham, Liam Mercer, Matt Kaufman and Nic Philips each went undefeated.
• Suffern finished tied for third at the MacArthur tournament. The host school won the event. Participating teams included Suffern and New Rochelle from Section 1; Levittown Division, MacArthur, Mepham and Sewanaka East from Section 8; Warwick Valley from Section 9; Monsignor Farrell from CHSAA; and Baruch HS from the PHSAA. Suffern’s Daiton Powell and Peter Pjetri won their respective weight classes, while Brice Artrip and Jason Bottamedi placed second. Peter Oliveto and Henry Chau finished third for the Mounties.
• Nanuet won the Goshen Gladiator Dual Meet Tournament, going 4-0 on the day. Joe Dillon, Eric Boyle, Chris Rooney and Alex Slabaugh each went 4-0, while Kevin Lynn, Dylan Mateo, Chris Lowery, Frank Paratore and Connor Breit all went 3-1.
• North Rockland took first at the Kingston Tiger duals, defeating Rondout Valley (73-7), Saugerties (51-24), Red Hook (65-12) and East Ramapo (61-15). Anthony Sulla (106), Alex D’Angelo (113), Matt Caputo (145), Blaise Benderoth (152), Nick Didio (170) and Conner Reigottie (285) each went undefeated on the day. Benderoth won all four of his matches via pin.
• Glen Cove won the Mamaroneck Tiger Tournament, with Port Chester taking second to place higher than any other local team. Edgemont’s Kyle Aslanian was named the “Champion of Champions.” Here are all of the results from the finals (click here to see full brackets):
Team key: 1. Glen Cove (GC) 249; 2. Port Chester (PC) 194.5; 3. Mamaroneck (Mk) 166; 4. Edgemont (Ed) 155; 5. Horace Mann (HM) 143; 6. Iona Prep (IP) 96; 7. Kennedy (JFK) 74; 8. Mt. St. Michaels (MSM) 53; 9. Kipp (Kp) 27.
106—Charlie Saez (Mk) pin Josue Zavala (PC), 3:17. 113—Kyle Aslanian (Ed) maj. dec. Stephen Fahy (IP), 12-3. 120—Tyler Aslanian (Ed) maj. dec. Morgan Marshall (GC), 15-3. 126—Anthony Castro (GC) dec. Ray Matthews (PC), 10-6. 132—Alexandro Sanchez (Mk) pin Mason Sundheim (PC), 2:53. 138—Joe Nicolich (GC) dec. Max Valera (Mk), 6-2. 145—Clifton Wang (Ed) dec. Bryan Chen (HM), 2-0. 152—Addrian Ferrarie (MSM) dec. Colin Hopkins (Ed), 10-4. 160—Luca Pavicic (Mk) dec. Julio Sanchez (Mk), 1-0. 170—Alexander Melikian (JFK) dec. Roger Ramson (Mk), 5-1. 182—Sean Peet (GC) pin Jimmy Lopez (PC), 2:45. 195—Owen Elrifi (HM) pin Geoffrey Field (GC), 1:49. 220—Gaetano Famigletti (GC) dec. Christian Gabriel (PC), 4-0. 285—Luis Rubio (Mk) pin Franklin Liriano (Kp), 1:20.
Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News