Fox Lane grapplers defeat Harrison
Fox Lane visited Harrison Thursday is a dual meet with serious Conference 3 League 2 championship ramifications. The Foxes started strong by winning four of the first five matches and later withstood a Harrison rally to come away with a 50-27 victory.
“I thought we wrestled tough and with a lot of intensity,” Fox Lane coach Anthony Rodrigues said. “The kids came ready and were excited to wrestle and they knew this was basically going to be for the league championship.”
Scott Rodrigues set the tone early at 126 lbs with a pin 22 seconds into the third period of his match. Ben Ettinger followed with a pin of his own before Frank Surace added a win by technical fall. Three matches in and the Foxes led 17-0.
The highlight of the meet was Tyler McKenna’s 7-3 victory over Harrison’s Steven Maldonado. McKenna had been swiftly pinned by Maldonado in their previous meeting this season. After falling behind 2-0, he rallied to hold off the tough Maldonado as his team rose to their feet to cheer him on.
“The first match we had this year he pinned me, and pretty quickly too,” McKenna said. “I’ve been training hard and hoping I would get a chance to see him again and this time I beat him.”
The Foxes were in command but things got dicey when Harrison rattled off three straight pins. Dom Schepis, Joe Jiminez and Max McMullen gave the Huskies some momentum and got the crowd back into it as well.
With the Huskies surging it was up to Fox Lane’s Brandon Fay to stop the charge. Fay dominated his opponent en route to an 18-3 advantage and a technical fall.
“They almost made a comeback there and I was getting a little bit nervous but I knew myself, Matt D’Atillo and Matt Grippi were up next so I was pretty confident we would still win the match,” Fay said. “We all went out and wrestled well and it was a good team effort.”
Fox Lane will have their final home meet of the season when they host R.C. Ketcham on Tuesday. Harrison is off until January 26 when they travel to a tournament at Yonkers High School.
99lbs: Brandon Fay (FL) wins technical decision over Frankie Barchella (H)
106 lbs: Matt Grippi (FL) wins by PIN over Anthony Tiso (H)
113 lbs: Matt D’Atillo (FL) wins by decision over James Carducci (H)
120 lbs: Joe Maida (H) wins by PIN over Kyle Brodsky (FL)
126 lbs: Scott Rodrigues (FL) wins by PIN over Josh Guerrero (H)
132 lbs: Ben Ettlinger (FL) wins by PIN over Gavin Menchel (H)
138 lbs: Frank Surace (FL) wins technical decision over Max Lukaswitz (H)
145 lbs: David Polokoff (H) wins by decision over Ari Faust (FL)
152 lbs: Tom Grippi (FL) wins by PIN over Paul Guiamareas (H)
160 lbs: Tyler McKenna (FL) wins by decision over Steven Maldonado (H)
170 lbs: Chris Manjuck (FL) wins by maj. Decision over Bobby Scatenato (H)
182 lbs: Dom Schepis (H) wins by PIN over John Clune (FL)
195 lbs: Arben Gecaj wins by forfeit
220 lbs: Joe Jimenez (H) wins by PIN over Nick Cerutti (FL)
285 lbs: Max McMullen (H) wins by PIN over Alejandro Lopez-Vega
Totals: Fox Lane 50, Harrison 27