RAMAPO — For many years, the East Ramapo wrestling program has served as a punching bag of sorts for the rest of Rockland County.
Some of the strongest teams in Section 1 reside in Rockland and the Titans have been forced to take their medicine while simultaneously trying to build confidence. And while they may still be a notch or two below the likes of North Rockland and Suffern, Tuesday’s 38-33 win over county rival Tappan Zee served as evidence East Ramapo is on the right track.
“There’s been a lot more interest in the program and everybody has been sticking with it,” senior Luke Francois said. “In past years, we’ve had people come out but they always quit. Now we have a group that likes the sports – loves it, actually – and wants to stick with it.”
The Titans began their Senior Night dual meet in dominant fashion, winning each of the first eight wresled matches, with the Dutchmen’s only points coming via forfeits.
Francois and fellow senior Nahum Dorme set the tone with back-to-back technical falls in the first two bouts of the afternoon.
“I actually lost to my TZ kid last year, so I kind of had something to prove,” Dorme said. “I teched my kid today, so I was pretty excited.”
East Ramapo’s run continued, as Romello Bradley (132 pounds), Yvharry Belange (138) and Marcus Stroud (170) each won via pin, while Shatir Henry (152), Sheeler Lubin (160) and Sherman Spence (182) won by decision.
Prior to TZ’s Edwin Rodriguez’s 5-4 decision at 195 pounds, the Titans built up a 38-12 lead.
“This is not just separate (individuals) – we worked together to improve,” Lubin said. “Everyone does their job and we push until the very end. That’s what we look for in our teammates and our coaches.”
The Dutchmen won the final four matches of the dual, with defending section champs John Hartnett (220) and Mike Manni (285) each notching pins in 35 or fewer seconds. But the damage had already been done.
The win was East Ramapo’s third of the season over a Rockland opponent. The Titans also defeated Clarkstown North and Nyack. And according to the outgoing seniors, the best may be yet to come.
“I truly do,” Francois said when asked if he feels his team is moving in the right direction. “We have a really, really good sophomore class that’s coming up, so our program is just going to continue to grow and get stronger.”
Here are the rest of the box scores that we’ve received so far tonight. While I don’t have the box score yet, I can report that Fox Lane beat John Jay-EF, 48-34, with Brandon Fay beating Randy Earl with a 7-4 decision in a matchup of two ranked 106-pounders.
East Ramapo 38, Tappan Zee 33
106 – Double forfeit. 113 – Nick Folmer (TZ) by forfeit. 120 – Luke Francois (ER) tech. fall Pat Henry, 16-0. 126 – Nahum Dorme (ER) tech. fall Joe Aitken, 22-7. 132 – Romello Bradley (ER) pin Mike Sullivan, 3:24. 138 – Yvharry Belange (ER) pin Joe Gedeiko, 2:51. 145 – Noah Hovde (TZ) by forfeit. 152 – Shatir Henry (ER) dec. Trevor Schaller, 7-0. 160 – Sheeler Lubin (ER) dec. Jeff Martinez, 11-5. 170 – Marcus Stroud (ER) pin Kyle Mirabal, 5:57. 182 – Sherman Spence (ER) maj. dec. Mike Kwan, 10-2. 195 – Edwin Rodriguez (TZ) dec. Joel Feliciano-Rivera, 5-4. 220 – John Hartnett (TZ) pin Leo Pamphile, 0:35. 285 – Mike Manni (TZ) pin Jahkem Collins-Martinez, 0:32. 99 – Brendan Henry (TZ) by disq. Trey Wardlaw.
Ketcham 53, Carmel 30
152 – Ryley Wilson (RCK) pin Tyler McMath, 1:58. 160 – Brad Marvin (RCK) pin Robert Schaniel, 1:33. 170 – Dave Emory (RCK) pin John Gurecio, 0:52. 182 – Austin Hassett (RCK) pin Jonathan French, 2:19. 195 – Dominic Emory (RCK) maj. dec. Luke Wright, 13-4. 220 – Murphy Wilson (RCK) pin Jeremy Shiwarides, 0:17. 285 – Hasan Humed (RCK) dec. Anthony Schneider, 1-0. 99 – Vlad Panchishak (Ca) by forfeit. 106 – Joe Censullo (RCK) dec. Dorian McMath, 11-9. 113 – Kevin Knox (Ca) pin Ryan Weatherwax, 1:34. 120 – Jacob Barrantes (Ca) by forfeit. 126 – Tristan Welton (Ca) pin Elias Vera, 0:53. 132 – Ahken Chu (Ca) pin Kevin Tormey, 5:03. 138 – Grant McGeary (RCK) pin John McDonagh, 0:47. 145 – Danny Murphy (RCK) pin Alex Leone, 1:51.
North Rockland 65, Fordham Preparatory 9
145: Adam Santoro, FPS, tech. fall Justin DuBoff, NORO, 0:00 18-1. 152: Austin Paul, NORO, maj. dec. Christopher Herrick, FPS, 8-0. 160: Nick Didio, NORO, pinned Savino Brusco, FPS, 1:52. 170: Alex Schelmety, NORO, pinned Marco Taormina, FPS, 0:27. 182: Raaziq Brown, FPS, maj. dec. Pablo Rivas, NORO, 13-3. 195: Connor Brooks, NORO, pinned John Calandra, FPS, 3:05. 220: Rodney Sanchez, NORO, maj. dec. Sterling Walthall, FPS, 10-1. 285: Conner Reigottie, NORO, pinned Eddy Cruz, FPS, 0:52. 99: Anthony Sulla, NORO, tech. fall Arthur Conder, FPS, 0:00 18-0. 106: Alex D`Angelo, NORO, maj. dec. Stefan Lindbolm, FPS, 11-0. 113: double forfeit. 120: Marlon Borge, NORO, forf. . 126: John Uce, NORO, forf. . 132: Christopher Bonanno, NORO, pinned Alex Dowe, FPS, 0:52. 138: Matt Caputo, NORO, pinned Ben Peck, FPS, 3:20.
New Rochelle 59, Scarsdale 17
At Scarsdale, Monday
99- Jake Shore (NR) pin Harrison Bookner, 0:25. 106- Jordan Wallace (NR) tech. fall Michael DaBramo, 18-3. 113- Moises Tera (NR) pin Joey Ballan, :27. 120- Lamont Wallace (NR) pin Robert Keltz, 4:45. 126- Jarrod Mauge (NR) pin Jack Esposito, :29. 132- Adrian McCullough (NR) pin Liam Haller, 3:25. 138- Adam Burton (NR) pin Teddy DeLorenzo, 1:02. 145- Phillip Goldberg (Sc) by forfeit. 152- Dan Baruch (Sc) tech. fall Eduardo Fenton, 17-2. 160- Raphael Rogoff (Sc) dec. Nick Teto, 9-8. 170- Andrew Braun (Sc) dec. Ahmed Awad, 4-0. 182- James Reynoso (NR) by forfeit. 195- Dan Mendoza (NR) dec. Brandan Knaack, 8-6. 220- George Schutzer (NR) dec. George Bobolakis, 4-2. 285- Shameek Miller (NR) pin Ethan Raff, 1:32.
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