BEDFORD — One minute, Fox Lane sophomore Scott Rodrigues didn’t think he was even going to wrestle on Wednesday.
The next, he was matched up with one of the top wrestlers in Section 1.
“I knew I was wrestling only five minutes before the match. My dad (coach Anthony Rodrigues) said I might have a forfeit, so I wasn’t really sure,” Rodrigues said. “It almost calms the nerves not knowing who you’re wrestling, so that helps in a big match like that.”
Rodrigues was holding a surprising 5-2 lead against Arlington’s Nick Tolli at 138 pounds when the Admirals’ senior went down with a right wrist injury, forcing an injury default.
The six points in the crucial swing match gave the Foxes an early lift, as they edged out Arlington with a 47-36 win to advance to the Section 1 Dual Meet Championship at North Rockland next Wednesday.
“Not only did it hurt Nick, but I think it hurt us a little bit mentally, as far as the team,” said Arlington coach Fred Perry, noting that Tolli heard a popping noise when he hurt his wrist. “I think we were a little bit flat after Nick left, and there’s no excuse for that.”
Following Rodrigues’ win, junior Frank Surace came through in another swing match at 145 pounds to extend Fox Lane’s lead to 15-6.
“I knew I had some time,” Surace said. “I looked up and saw that I had about 30 seconds left. I had the turk locked up, and I took my time. I knew it was going to happen and I didn’t want to do anything stupid.”
Arlington forfeited at 152 pounds, and then Fox Lane senior Ben Ettlinger bumped up to 160 and won another swing match with a 4-0 decision over Mike Peterson.
The Admirals responded with pins from Brandon Badger (170), Jon Silveri (182) and Tanner Nielsen (220), but wins from John Clune (195), Josh Martin (285) and Kevin Lopez (99) maintained a 41-24 lead for the Foxes.
Alfredo Olmedo (106) and Brady Robin (113) cut Arlington’s deficit to 41-30 late in the dual, but Fox Lane senior Brandon Fay sealed the win with a 12-second pin at 120 pounds.
“With Brandon, it’s almost an automatic win every time,” Surace said. “He’s been very reliable for us in the lower weights, and I was confident that we had the match won – even though they had that stretch in the upper weights.”
To capture a Section 1 dual meet title, the Foxes will have to upset defending champ North Rockland.
They saw the Red Raiders last weekend at the Wallkill Dual Meet Tournament and lost 58-21.
“We’re going to need some big wins from our guys,” Scott Rodrigues said. “We’re going to have to have a solid performance from 99 (pounds) to 285 to beat them.”
As for Tolli, there is no diagnosis yet, but Perry didn’t sound too optimistic. If the wrist does sideline him, it would be the second season in a row in which Tolli’s season ended due to injury.
Last year, Tolli missed the postseason after injuring his knee.
“There was a popping noise, so it didn’t sound good,” Perry said. “I feel terrible for him. It’s his senior year, and he was doing really well this year.”
Here are box scores from Wednesday:
Fox Lane 47, Arlington 36
At Fox Lane
126 – Matt Grippi (FL) by forfeit. 132 – Dillon Sforza (Arl) pin Dillon Medd, 1:53. 138 – Scott Rodrigues (FL) inj. def. Nick Tolli. 145 – Frank Surace (FL) dec. Mike Chiasello, 5-2. 152 – Sem Sagastume (FL) by forfeit. 160 – Ben Ettlinger (FL) dec. Mike Peterson, 4-0. 170 – Brandon Badger (Arl) pin Sebastian Osario, 2:20. 182 – Jon Silveri (Arl) pin Nick Cerutti, 3:08. 195 – John Clune (FL) pin Nick Basso, 1:07. 220 – Tanner Nielsen (Arl) pin Arben Gecaj, 3:47. 285 – Josh Martin (FL) by forfeit. 99 – Kevin Lopez (FL) tech. fall Courtney Pecora, 15-0. 106 – Alfredo Olmedo (Arl) pin Ben Singer, 3:36. 113 – Brady Robin (Arl) pin Gonzalo Castillo, 3:02. 120 – Brandon Fay (FL) pin Chris Gresis, 0:12.
Harrison 42, Port Chester 34
132: Max Lukaswitz, HARR, pinned Louie Leon, PCS, 1:01. 138: Eduardo Sanchez, PCS, pinned Bruno Medina, HARR, 3:45. 145: Odell Alexander, PCS, maj. dec. Jake Ullerick, HARR, 20-7. 152: Paul Guimaraes, HARR, dec. Phillippe Francois, PCS, 7-3. 160: John Lancia, PCS, dec. Sonny Lofranco, HARR, 8-6. 170: Dom Schepis, HARR, pinned Angel Salcedo, PCS, 2:30. 182: Jonathon Rodriguez, PCS, forf. . 195: Jimmy Lopez, PCS, pinned Derrick Infante, HARR, 0:20. 220: Joe Jimenez, HARR, pinned Oscar Cabrera, PCS, 1:29. 285: Max McMullen, HARR, pinned Christian Gabriel, PCS, 1:47. 99: Jay Martins, HARR, forf. . 106: Daniel Choe, HARR, forf. . 113: Frank Barchella, HARR, dec. Alfredo Zavala, PCS, 4-3. 120: Ray Mathews, PCS, dec. Max Uretta, HARR, 13-7. 126: Yoel Collado, PCS, pinned Mark Nitis, HARR, 4:36.
Harrison 42, Scarsdale 36
138: Daniel Baruch, SCSR, pinned Bruno Medina, HARR, 3:50. 145: Geffen Segall, SCSR, forf. . 152: PHILLIP GOLDBERG, SCSR, pinned Paul Guimaraes, HARR, 3:57. 160: Raphael Rogoff, SCSR, dec. Sonny Lofranco, HARR, 14-8. 170: Dom Schepis, HARR, forf. . 182: Brandan Knaack, SCSR, pinned Mark Koenig, HARR, 1:47. 195: Derrick Infante, HARR, forf. . 220: Joe Jimenez, HARR, forf. . 285: Max McMullen, HARR, forf. . 99: Harrison Bookner, SCSR, disq. Jay Martins, HARR, . 106: Daniel Choe, HARR, pinned Joey Ballan, SCSR, 1:57. 113: Frank Barchella, HARR, dec. Michael DaBramo, SCSR, 10-5. 120: Robert Keltz, SCSR, dec. Max Uretta, HARR, 7-1. 126: Mark Nitis, HARR, dec. Daniel Kestenbaum, SCSR, 14-13. 132: Max Lukaswitz, HARR, forf.
Mahopac 64, Hen Hud 19
99- Garrett Semenetz, mah- FF, 106- Abby Bunyea, Mah- FF, 113- Mike DiPietro, HH tech fall Mike Muldoon, Mah- 17-2, 120- Mike Scauzillo, Mah tech fall Don Forero 18-3, 126- Joe Frezza, Mah pinned Sam Zilker, 5:36, 132- Chris Cornell, Mah tech fall Wali Azizi- 15-0, 138- Jack Wagner, HH tech fall Jeff Cohen 15-0, 145- Mike Tartaglia, Mah pinned Dominick Costa 1:33, 152- Seamus Kenny, Mah Inj def Phil Profetta, 160- Jordan Artope, HH dec Alex Padavoni- 5-4, 170- Sebastian Burbano, HH pinned Jon Bondi 1:52, 182- Liridon Hasanramaj, Mah pinned Kyle Mallory 5:49, 195- Dylan Harris, Mah – FF, 220- Ryan Delahanty, Mah- FF, 285- Valon Brahimi, Mah- FF
Edgemont 66, Dobbs Ferry 11
285 – double forfeit. 99 – Andrew Williams (E) by forfeit. 106 – Chris Eppolito (E) by forfeit. 113 – Kyle Aslanian (E) by forfeit. 120 – Mitul Saha (E) by forfeit. 126 – Nick Cipriano (DF) tech. fall James Hammond, 15-0. 132 – Sam Klein (E) by forfeit. 138 – Brian Evans (E) by forfeit. 145 – Colin Hopkins (E) by forfeit. 152 – Saumil Kothari (E) by forfeit. 160 – Marc Ficuciello (E) pin Kyle Lindsay, 3:59. 170 – Tommy Jachemczyk (E) by forfeit. 182 – Chris Kim (E) by forfeit. 195 – David Saravia (DF) by forfeit. 220 – double forfeit.
Lakeland/Panas 42, Tappan Zee 42 (L/P wins on criteria)
99 – Brendan Henry (TZ) pin Brandon DiDomenico, 3:51. 106 – Chris Servedio (LP) by forfeit. 113 – Richard Shaw (LP) pin Sean Russo, 1:03. 120 – Patrick Henry (TZ) pin Chris Lacey, 5.48. 126 – Joe Aitken (TZ) pin Erica Leonardi, 3:10. 132 – John DiDomenico (LP) pin Mike Sullivan, 2:49. 138 – Jonathan Pla (LP) dec Joe Gedeiko, 6-0. 145 – Blake Cohen (LP) dec Noah Hovde, 4-2. 152 – Chris Carlucci (LP) pin Trevor Schaller, :52. 160 – Jeff Martinez (TZ) pin Mike Jones, 4:19. 170 – Dillon Swaine (LP) pin Kyle Mirabal, :43. 182 – Mike Kwan (TZ) by forfeit. 195 – Brendan Woods (LP) pin Aiden Lynch, 2:35. 220 – John Hartnett (TZ) pin Chris Chiriguayo, :52. 285 – Mike Manni (TZ) pin Stephen Kelley, :31.
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