• As expected, the Kohl was dominated by out-of-section teams. Monroe-Woodbury had more individual champs (five) than all six Section 1 teams combined (three). The locals who I thought were most likely to win coming in—Suffern’s Daiton Powell, Nyack’s James Giraldez, Somers’ Larry Courtien and Dom Celli—each suffered tough losses (or in Celli’s case, an ill-timed injury), but a few lesser known guys came through with statement wins. Suffern’s Tyrick Jackson really seems to be coming into his own, as he showed by building up a big lead and then finishing strong with a pin in the 195-final. “Tyrick is a very aggressive wrestler,” Suffern coach Chris Matteotti said. “He doesn’t know who anybody is, and he doesn’t care who anybody is, so there’s no intimidation factor. He’ll just go out and wrestle, regardless of who the opponent is. That’s great as a coach, because I don’t have to bring in a shrink or anything… He works extremely hard, and he’s made tremendous improvements since the beginning of the year. And he’s got a lot of athleticism – you can see that.”
• Suffern took third behind Monroe-Woodbury and Huntington, putting Peter Oliveto (106) and Peter Pjetri (182) in the finals along with Jackson. Oliveto ran into Monroe-Woodbury’s Vinny Vespa in the final, who may have humbled him a bit with a quick pin, but there’s no denying that the Mounties’ freshman has been coming on strong in recent weeks. “Peter is gaining confidence,” Matteotti said. “Eastern States was huge for him. Being able to win a few bouts up there and seeing that he belonged up there really went a long way toward his confidence. Right now, he’s wrestling with confidence, and when you wrestle with confidence, you wrestle on a different level. He’s wrestling a lot tougher.”
• Pjetri lost a 12-5 decision to Monroe-Woodbury’s Nick McShea in the 182-final, which Matteotti said proves that he still has work to do. “He can finish strong, but I think right now, he’s got to work on some of his basic skills,” he said. “He’s a little sloppy in certain areas – I guess that’s the best way to put it. He’s got to clean up a few things, and he’ll be there right at the end.”
• Somers’ Luke Roediger was dominant at 170, winning all three of his matches with pins, including one in the semis against Suffern’s Henry Chau. After Brewster’s Gino Gioielli, the field at 170 in Section 1 is wide open, and Roediger will definitely be a name to watch. “I felt really strong. We’ve worked on a lot of cradles at practice throughout this last week, and I worked them and got a couple,” Roediger said. “It just feels so much better when you stick a guy – just to know that you can turn him and control him like that.”
• Courtien has wrestled at 145 all season, but after not making weight, entered the tourney at 152. He had his way heading into the final against Huntington’s Joseph Puca, taking a 6-4 lead late into the third period. But Puca caught him with a pin in the final minute, dashing Courtien’s hopes for a title. “Larry had a tough match,” Roediger said. “He didn’t make weight this morning and had to bump up. He wrestled tough, but he had a pretty good kid in the finals. He just got stuck.”
• I’ve written earlier in the season that East Ramapo is one of the most improved teams in the section, and different guys continue to emerge for the Titans. On Saturday, it was sophomore Romello Bradley, who came out of nowhere to win a title at 132. He notched an early takedown of Monroe-Woodbury’s Jamie Panuto, and then showed his strength on top by riding him out for nearly two full periods on his way to a 2-0 decision. “Last year, I came to this tournament and I think I placed fifth,” Bradley said. “I was pretty happy with what I got last year, but I’m even more happy with what I got this year.”
• The Beacon tournament saw more success for Section 1 wrestlers, with a total of nine local champs. Arlington took first overall in a tight team race, edging out Valley Central by just two points. The Admirals had Alfredo Olmedo (99), Brady Robin (113), Nick Tolli (132) and Mike Peterson (160) each win titles. You can see videos from the tourney at HudsonValleyHSWrestling.com.
• In terms of matches with Section 1 title implications, the most notable at Beacon probably came at 113, where Robin beat Carmel’s Kevin Knox with a 4-0 decision. They are currently ranked third and fourth, respectively, in their weight class. Another notable all Section 1 final came at 170, where Ketcham’s Dave Emory beat Arlington’s Brandon Badger with a high-scoring 15-12 decision. Beacon’s Andrew Grella (195) was named MOW.
• Yonkers won the Edgemont tournament, with Joseph Marji (195) and Kahled Dassan (220) each claiming titles for the Bulldogs. They put five wrestlers in the finals, with Justin Lopez (99), Christian Zaccaro (138) and Elieser Maldonado (152) each taking second. Host Edgemont took second with two champs in Tyler Aslanian (113) and Cliffton Wang (138) each taking first place. It’s worth noting that Aslanian has been at 113 the past two weekends, which indicates that he’s planning to drop down from that loaded 120-pound class for sectionals.
• Eastchester’s Rob Lalli earned his 100th career win on his way to an Edgemont title at 160, while teammate Nunzio Crowley also came up with a big win at 170, beating Pearl River’s Rob Gullo with a 4-2 decision for the title. There were impressive title showings from Pearl River’s Jake Kurzhals (120), Mamaroneck’s Max Valera (132), Woodlands’ Elder Calim (152) and Mount Vernon’s Justin Ayala (182). Ayala beat defending D2 champ Chris Kim of Edgemont with a 5-3 decision.
• John Jay-East Fishkill took third at the Shenendehowa tourney, with Brewster placing eighth. The Patriots had three champs in Randy Earl (106), Jay Albis (113) and Brett Perry (182). Gino Gioielli (170) was Brewster’s only champ, but Liam Erickson pinned JJEF’s Grant Frederick to take third at 138. You can view the full brackets at SectionIXWrestling.com.
• North Rockland took second at the Wallkill Duals, with its only loss coming against the host. The Red Raiders beat Section 1 opponents Fox Lane (58-21) and Harrison (65-18). The dual with Fox Lane could have been a preview of the Section 1 Dual Meet final. The Foxes will host Arlington on Wednesday, with North Rockland awaiting the winner. Here’s what the box score looked like:
North Rockland 58, Fox Lane 21
99: Anthony Sulla, NORO, pinned Kevin Lopez, FOLA, 0:26. 106: Alex D`Angelo, NORO, pinned Ben Singer, FOLA, 3:38. 113: Brendon Fay, FOLA, forf. . 120: Derek DiMarsico, NORO, maj. dec. MATT D`ATTILO, FOLA, 9-1. 126: Matthew Grippi, FOLA, maj. dec. Marlon Borge, NORO, 8-0. 132: Christopher Bonanno, NORO, forf. . 138: Matt Caputo, NORO, tech. fall Scott Rodrigues, FOLA, 0:00 17-2. 145: BEN ETTLINGER, FOLA, tech. fall Austin Paul, NORO, 0:00 16-0. 152: Blaise Benderoth, NORO, forf. . 160: Alex Schelmety, NORO, pinned Sem Segustme, FOLA, 3:32. 170: Nick Didio, NORO, pinned Matthew Witz, FOLA, 0:26. 182: Mike Vogel, NORO, maj. dec. Alex Reyes, FOLA, 12-4. 195: Jonathan Clune, FOLA, forf. . 220: Connor Brooks, NORO, dec. Asben Gecaj, FOLA, 7-4. 285: Conner Reigottie, NORO, forf.
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