CROSS RIVER —Carmel sophomore Anthony Schneider was face down on the mat, starring down the possibility of stymieing his team’s comeback attempt against league rival John Jay on Thursday.
But with the crowd growing antsy and pleading with Schneider to keep the rally going, he found his way back to his feet and finished the match with an empathic pin.
“I had a lot of support from all of our parents and coaches,” the Rams’ 220-pounder said. “I kept on being told to, ‘Stand up! Stand up!’ And that’s what I did. I reversed him, and I pinned him.”
Schneider’s pin highlighted a run of eight straight wins for Carmel – five of which came via pin – on the way to a 46-37 win over the Indians.
John Jay had won the first five matches of the dual meet to build a 25-0 lead.
“I thought our kids wrestled really well,” John Jay coach Bill Swertfager said. “We started off at a good place for us, and we got the five (in a row). It was very exciting, and some kids that I thought were going to win did. But then I knew what we had up top, and we’ve had some injuries.”
Brian Kershner (138 pounds), Ari Fay (145), Miles Frank (152), Evan Frank (160) and Billy Greene (170) got the Indians off to a strong start, but momentum shifted for the Rams when John French ended his 182-pound bout with a pin after entering the third period tied at 6-6.
Luke Wright (195), Schneider (220) and Vlad Panchkhak (99) each followed with pins.
The Rams continued to win leading up to their two most consistent wrestlers – Knox at 113 and Tristan Welton at 120.
Knox came through with a major decision, and then Welton’s pin sealed it.
“With the two of us, people can’t bump up to avoid me because then they’ll just have to face him, so it’s good,” Knox said. “It’s good to have a lightweight like me, who’s as successful as me.”
With the win, Carmel improved to 13-8 on the season as it continues to develop a young roster.
Currently, the Rams have underclassmen filling 11 of their 15 weight classes.
“This is my second year wrestling, and from last year to this year, we’ve improved a lot,” Schneider said. “We have three seniors on our team and only one junior, and (the underclassmen) have improved so much from last year. … Eventually, we will become a powerhouse, I believe.”
John Jay is even younger than Carmel, with eight freshmen in its starting lineup. Many of them have shown promise for the future – none more so 132-pounder Conor Melbourne, who won the final match of the dual with a quick pin.
“My freshmen class is a great class, but it’s going to take a little time,” Swertfager said. “It’s very exciting. What happen was, we had some very good teams, and those kids blocked the lineups for four years. The good athletes didn’t want to come out because they couldn’t crack the lineup. It went down, but now we’re going to ramp it back up.”
While I was at John Jay, Hackley pulled off one of its biggest wins in the past decade. Here is Nancy Haggerty’s story:
It so easily could have been another loss to Horace Mann. Another heartbreaker.
Instead, the host Hackley wrestling team, ignited by Elias Germankos’ remarkable come-from-behind win, defeated the Lions 48-27 on Thursday to end a 16-year losing streak against them.
Hackley, which, at 8-6, is now tied for the Ivy League lead with Brooklyn’s Poly Prep, was tied 21-21 with Mann when the 145-pound Germanakos stepped on the mat to face Bryan Chen.
Chen dominated from the start, quickly quieting the home crowd.
Chen led by a commanding 12-0 halfway through the third period. But at that point junior Germankos pulled a rabbit out of his hat, getting Chen in a headlock, then pinning him.
“I think it was a last-ditch effort,” Hornets’ 19-year coach Fran Stanek said.
Stanek, who has seen his team come up just short against Mann multiple times over the years, said of Germanakos’s win, “That was huge momentum. … The crowd and kids were really pumped up from there.”
Minutes later, senior captain Daniel Shaw pinned Cole Parzick in the last seconds of their 152-pound match.
Shaw had been leading 5-3 but the pin gave Hackley six points instead of three for a decision.
“That was a huge swing, as well,” said Stanek, whose squad then took three of the last four matches to secure the win.
“We’re hoping this momentum will give us the league title,” added Stanek, whose team will close its league season vs. Trinity and then Poly Prep.
Here are the box scores that we’ve received so far tonight:
Carmel 46, John Jay 37
At John Jay
138 – Brian Kershner (JJ) maj. dec. Dom Caporale, 13-5. 145 – Ari Fay (JJ) dec. Alex Leone, 5-2. 152 – Miles Frank (JJ) pin Rob Schaniel, 1:08. 160 – Evan Frank (JJ) pin Tyler McMath, 1:25. 170 – Billy Greene (JJ) pin John Guercio, 3:09. 182 – John French (Car) pin Ethan Zimilies, 4:16. 195 – Luke Wright (Car) pin Bim Gecaj, 2:09. 220 – Anthony Schneider (Car) pin Billy Patti, 3:48. 285 – Jeremy Schiwarides (Car) by forfeit. 99 – Vlad Panchkhak (Car) pin Ethan Kaplan, 2:25. 106 – Dorian McMath (Car) by forfeit. 113 – Kevin Knox (Car) maj. dec. Louie Cree, 9-1. 120 – Tristan Welton (Car) pin Robert Bauer, 1:24. 126 – Chris Kelly (JJ) pin Matt Purdy, 0:56. 132 – Conor Melbourne (JJ) pin Ahken Chu, 0:52.
Suffern 75, Nyack 9
99 – Will Marin (S) pin Max Nevola, 1:44. 106 – Peter Oliveto (S) by forfeit. 113 – Luis Cuevas (S) by forfeit. 120 – Elijah Francois (N) dec. Tommy Delgado, 9-8. 126 – Daiton Powell (S) pin Prakash Thakur, 5:01. 132 – Brian Nicpon (S) by forfeit. 138 – Jason Bottamedi (S) by forfeit. 145 – James Giraldez (N) pin Seeback, 3:47. 152 – Mike Koodin (S) pin Gashawn Malivert, 2:34. 160 – Kenny Gu pin Kyle Wanamaker, 2:26. 170 – Gary Desimone (S) by forfeit. 182 – Peter Pjetri (S) dec. Adonis Aclime, 9-6. 195 – Tyrick Jackson (S) pin Kevin Linderman, 0:42. 220 – TJ Groesbeck (S) pin Pierre Vital, :45. 285 – Jose Grajales (S) by forfeit.
Suffern 63, Tappan Zee 21
99 – Brendan Henry (TZ) dec. Will Marin, 7-2. 106 – Peter Oliveto (S) by forfeit. 113 – Luis Cuevas (S) pin Sean Russo, :40. 120 – Tommy Delgado (S) pin Patrick Henry, 4:31. 126 – Daiton Powell (S) pin Joe Aitken, :21. 132 – Brian Nicpon (S) pin Mike Sullivan, 3:07. 138 – Joe Gedeiko (TZ) pin John Gragnani, 3:57. 145 – Jason Seeback (S) pin Noah Hovde, 3:30. 152 – Mike Koodin (S) pin Trevor Schaller, 1:46. 160 – Gray Desimone (S) pin Jeff Martinez, 3:31. 170 – Kenny Gu (S) dec. Kyle Mirabal, 6-0. 182 – Peter Pjetri (S) pin Mike Kwon, :40. 195 – Tyrick Jackson (S) pin Aiden Lynch, :14. 220 – John Hartnett (TZ) pin TJ Groesbeck, 1:44. 285 – Mike Manni (TZ) pin Jose Grajales, 0:53.
Ossining 46, Croton-Harmon 33
195: Devin Lewis, CHS, pinned Yamadin Brown, 3:11. 220: Alek Pavloff, CHS, pinned Mathew Sherrill, 1:22. 285: Alex Dago, OSSR, forf. . 99: Thomas Barsuch, CHS, pinned Clayton Francis, 5:14. 106: double forfeit. 113: Bruce Castillo, OSSR, maj. dec. Brendan Stierli, 12-1. 120: Michael Motta, CHS, dec. Isaiah Beltran, 9-3. 126: Andrew Barsuch, CHS, pinned Michael Carnevale, 1:10. 132: Alex Delacruz, OSSR, forf. 138: Austin Berger, OSSR, pinned Emmanuel Priego, 3:13. 145: Kaiel Blake, OSSR, forf. . 152: Hearthon Sewell-Richards, OSSR, forf. . 160: Michael Morocho, OSSR, forf. . 170: Charles Rios, OSSR, forf. . 182: Chris Columbo, CHS, forf. .
Hackley 48, Horace Mann 27
220 – Xavier Carmona (Hk) pin Ike Lewis, 1:00. 285 – Brandon Difalco (Hk) by forfeit. 106 – Leo Humber-Henriquez (HM) pin Gabe Welch, 2:45. 113 – Ben Kaufman (HM) pin Julio Sanchez, 3:33. 120 – George Germankos (Hk) dec. Matthew Bock, 10-5. 126 – Michael Dinan (HM) dec. Greg Chung, 1-0. 132 – Steven Zak (Hk) by forfeit. 138 – Champ Darabundit (HM) pin Michael Tarantino, 1:25. 145 – Elias Germankos (Hk) pin Bryan Chen, 4:48. 152– Daniel Shaw (Hk) pin Cole Parzick, 5:53. 160 – Elijah Ngbokoli (Hk) dec. Ander Legaspi, 12-6. 170 – Rodrigo Mejias (Hk) pin Cavan Klinsky, 1:12. 182 – Luke Buquichino (Hk) pin Davis Rittmaster, 3:39. 195 – Owen Elrifi (HM) pin Milo Lempert, 3:23.
Mahopac 76, Yorktown 3
99- Garret Semenetz, Mah, by forfeit. 106-Abby Buyea, Mah, by forfeit. 113- Mike Muldoon, Mah, dec Patrick Patierno 3-0. 120- Mike Scauzillo, Mah pinned Conner Thomas :37. 126- Joe Frezza, Mah pinned John Altomarr 1:22. 132- Chris Cornell, Mah, maj dec Chris Varian 10-2. 138- Ross Madel, Yk dec Joe Porcelli 11-4. 145- Seamus Kenny, Mah dec Chris Iacinetti 3-0. 152- Alex Padavoni, Mah, by forfeit. 160- Mike DiNardo, Mah pinned Dan Katz 1:04. 170- Jon Bondi, Mah, by forfeit. 182- Liridon Hasanrmaj, Mah, pinned Owen McGiveny 1:36. 195- Jack Hofman, Mah, by forfeit. 220- Ryan Delahanty, Mah, by forfeit. 285- Valon Brahimi, Mah, by forfeit.
Irvington 42, Dobbs Ferry 13
At Dobbs Ferry
132: Coleman DeAnda, IRVI, forf. . 138: double forfeit. 145: double forfeit. 152: double forfeit. 160: Kyle Lindsay, DOFE, pinned Espen Varrone. 170: Peter Jones, IRVI, forf. . 182: Zachary Silverhardt, IRVI, pinned David Saravia. 195: Michael Guashpa, DOFE, dec. Joseph Ciccio, 5-1. 220: Adam Krieger, IRVI, forf. . 285: Anthony DiNardo, IRVI, forf. . 99: double forfeit. 106: double forfeit. 113: Sam Kimak, IRVI, forf. . 120: Gideon Bernstein, IRVI, forf. . 126: Nick Cipriano, DOFE, maj. dec. Joe Montanaro, 14-3.
Harrison 43, Horace Greeley 36
182: Dom Schepis, HARR, pinned Stephen Mac Donald, 1:46. 195: Robert Donohue, HARR, pinned Nicholas Phillips, 3:56. 220: Brock Cvijanovich, HOGR, pinned Joe Jimenez, 2:58. 285: Billy Marino, HOGR, pinned Max McMullen, 3:20. 99: Jay Martins, HARR, forf. . 106: Frank Barchella, HARR, pinned Max Browde, 0:48. 113: Andrei Nesbit, HOGR, dec. Anthony Tiso, 4-2. 120: Joe Sasso, HOGR, pinned James Carducci, 5:45. 126: Ryan Rudinger, HOGR, dec. Max Uretta, 8-4. 132: Max Lukaswitz, HARR, pinned Paul Seham, 1:03. 138: Bruno Medina, HARR, pinned Anthony Sasso, 5:34. 145: Jake Ullerick, HARR, maj. dec. Stephen Nadler, 15-6. 152: Paul Guimaraes, HARR, dec. Shawn Soneja, 14-7. 160: Mitch Klein, HOGR, forf. . 170: Liam Mercer, HOGR, pinned Sonny Lofranco, 1:36.
Lakeland/Panas 56, Port Chester 21
106: Christopher Servedio, LASR, forf. . 113: Alfredo Zavala, PCS, tech. fall Richard Shaw, 18-3. 120: Ray Mathews, PCS, pinned Daniel Kashtan, 3:11. 126: Yoel Collado, PCS, maj. dec. Erica Leonardi, 15-4. 132: John DiDomenico, LASR, pinned Mason Sundheim, 0:40. 138: Jonathan Pla, LASR, maj. dec. Odell Alexander, 10-2. 145: Blake Cohen, LASR, pinned Geovani Borrayes, 4:37. 152: Chris Carlucci, LASR, maj. dec. Phillippe Francois, 10-1. 160: Michael Jones, LASR, dec. John Lancia, 6-1. 170: Antonio Incardona, LASR, dec. Brian Gonzalez, 6-1. 182: Dillon Swaine, LASR, pinned Jonathon Rodriguez, 5:41. 195: Jimmy Lopez, PCS, pinned Brendan Woods, 2:47. 220: Chris Chiriguayo, LASR, pinned Brandon Gonzalez, 3:23. 285: Stephen Kelley, LASR, pinned Christian Gabriel, 1:15. 99: Brandon DiDomenico, LASR, forf.
Photos by Seth Harrison/The Journal News