CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Nothing out of the ordinary went down on Day 1 of the Section 1 Division 2 tournament on Saturday. There were very few upsets and the expected top teams advanced numerous grapplers to the semifinals.
Defending Section 1 Division 2 champion Nanuet leads the team standings after Day 1 with 140.5 points. Nine of the Golden Knights’ wrestlers won their quarterfinal matches in Joe Dillon (99 pounds), Vinny Skokos (106), Anthony Calvano (120), Matt Dillon (138), Mike Buhlmann (160), Peter Smith (170), Kevin Brundage (182), Dan Breit (195) and Sergio Ventura (195).
The tournament will pick up tomorrow with the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. at Pace University. The finals are slated for approximately 3 p.m.
Top-seeded Breit scored an impressive win over Ardsley’s Dan Cohen, pinning him in just seven seconds.
Ventura, the No. 3 seed at 195, earned a hard-fought 5-4 win over Dobbs Ferry’s Dennis DeLeon. The match was tied 4-4 heading into the third period and Ventura managed to escape.
“At first I thought I was going to get pinned,” Ventura said. “But I kept thinking this is my last match, I’m a senior. I started wrestling for East Ramapo and didn’t know anything at all. I’ve built myself up at Nanuet and I’m learning more moves every day.”
The senior could end up facing his teammate Breit in the finals if he gets past Croton-Harmon’s Chris Kraft in the semifinals.
“I’m pretty confident because I beat [Kraft] for fifth place last year at sections,” Ventura said. “The biggest competitor I have is on my own team, Dan Breit. He knows my moves, I know his moves.”
Edgemont finished Day 1 in second place with 120.5 points and had eight grapplers advance to the semifinals in Tyler Aslanian (99 pounds), Trey Aslanian (113), Skylar Korek (113), Will Graybeal (126), Colin Hopkins (132), Jack McCormack (145), Chris Kim (170) and Daniel Kornberg (220).
The top-seeded Kornberg, who placed fourth at sectionals last season, pinned Dobbs Ferry’s Conor Driscoll in 1:23.
“The difference was that I was more confident coming into this tournament than I ever was before,” said Kornberg, a senior. “My work ethic, especially the last few weeks, has improved a lot. I’m very confident.”
Kornberg, who is 36-9 on the season, is focused heading into tomorrow. He hasn’t faced any of the remaining wrestlers this season. “I’m going to go out there and just wrestle the way I’ve been,” he said.
Edgemont has played second fiddle to Nanuet in the team standings at sectionals the past few years, but the Panthers are hoping to reverse that fate this season.
“I’ve been very confident, especially after last year when we had no seniors on the team and had guys place in the top six,” Kornberg said. “We’re having a very good performance so far. We’ve had a couple tough matches, but it’ll play out in the end. I’m impressed with the younger guys. It’s going to be close (with Nanuet). Every year, we’ve been neck and neck with them. It’s honestly going to come down to bonus points and all those little points are going to add up.”
The biggest upset of the day came in the 138-pound quarterfinals, where No. 6-seeded Elder Calim of Woodlands pinned Edgemont’s Colin Hopkins, the No. 3 seed, in 1:26.
Putnam Valley had a strong day and is in third place right now with 115 points. The Tigers had three grapplers win quarterfinal matches in Chris Bruno (132 pounds), Anthony Gentile (152) and John Messinger (170).
Croton-Harmon is currently tied for fourth with 89.5 points, but has eight grapplers in the semifinals. Andrew Barsuch (99), Tom Shultz (106), D.J. Frederich (120), Dan Guido (126), David Occhipinti (132), Johnny Martin (138), Andrew Horan (145) and Kraft (195) all won their quarterfinal matches.
No. 2-seeded Frederich scored a 19-2 technical fall win over Irvington’s Nick D’Arrigo in the quarterfinals.
“I came out and got the takedown within the first 20 seconds,” said Frederich, who had previously pinned D’Arrigo twice this year. “I think I turned him once and he got out. Then he actually took me down. Once I got back on top I took control.”
Frederich will face Dobbs Ferry’s Josh Dooz, the No. 3 seed, in the semifinals tomorrow. He has pinned Dooz this season. A win there will most likely put him against Calvano, the top seed, in the finals.
“I’m pretty confident,” said Frederich, who finished fourth at sectionals last year. “I was in the semis last year, but I lost a tough match. I’m wrestling one of my friends now, Josh Dooz. He’s a pretty good wrestler. It’s going to be a close, tight match.”
Irvington is also currently in fourth with 89.5 points. They have four wrestlers in the semifinals in Tyler Wexler (106 pounds), Brett Pastore (145), Peter Jones (152) and Anthony DiNardo (285).
Nanuet believes it has what it takes to repeat as Section 1 Division 2 champions.
“We’re confident,” Ventura said. “We think we’re going to win the section title again. The only competitor we have is Edgemont and I have no disrespect for their team. I think we’re going to have almost half of our team go to states.”
Team standings after Day 1
1.Nanuet, 140.5 points; 2. Edgemont, 120.5; 3. Putnam Valley, 115; 4T. Croton-Harmon, 89.5; 4T. Irvington, 89.5; 6. Ardsley, 74.5; 7. Dobbs Ferry, 68; 8. Westlake, 66; 9. Lourdes, 61; 10. Hastings, 55; 11T. Pleasantville, 49; 11T. Pawling, 49; 13. Woodlands, 45; 14. North Salem, 21
99: Edgemont’s Tyler Aslanian by forfeit over Edgemont’s Kyle Aslanian; Hastings’ Nick Wilt dec. Pleasantville’s James Bathon, 4-0; Croton-Harmon’s Andrew Barsuch pin Putnam Valley’s Noah Kevlas, 4:39; Nanuet’s Joe Dillon pin Dobbs Ferry’s Nick Cipriano, 1:38
106: Nanuet’s Vinny Skokos pin North Salem’s Chris Marino, 2:03; Croton-Harmon’s Tom Shultz pin Hastings’ Rich Dosin, 3:08; Irvington’s Tyler Wexler pin Our Lady of Lourdes’ Christian Murphy, :57; Ardsley’s Jonah Gerstel dec. Nanuet’s Eric Boyle, 4-2
113: Edgemont’s Trey Aslanian pin Putnam Valley’s Tommy O’Sullivan, 3:46; Ardsley’s Stephen Samolsky pin Putnam Valley’s A.J. Mirabal, 3:30; Pleasantville’s Stephen Paternostro pin Irvington’s Justin Jiminez, 1:04; Edgemont’s Skylar Korek maj. dec. Hasting’s Greg Macchi, 10-0
120: Nanuet’s Anthony Calvano pin Ardsley’s Joe Kogan, 4:52; Ardsley’s Aidan Conroy dec. Edgemont’s Max Abramsky, 12-5; Dobbs Ferry’s Justin Dooz pin Nanuet’s Chris Lowery, 1:12; Croton-Harmon’s D.J. Frederich tech. fall Irvington’s Nick D’Arrigo, 19-2
126: Ardsley’s Drew Longo pin Woodlands’ Daniel Kraemer, 3:51; Edgemont’s Will Graybeal pin Pawling’s Zach Martin, 5:50; Croton-Harmon’s Dan Guido dec. Putnam Valley’s Christian Gonzalez, 6-2; Pleasantville’s Graham Williamson pin Hastings’ Nick Padilla, 1:48
132: Croton-Harmon’s David Occhipinti pin Irvington’s Andrew Wassmann, 1:09; Our Lady of Lourdes’ Nick Jolly pin Ardsley’s Russel Kogan, 4:31; Edgemont’s Colin Hopkins dec. Pawling’s Chris Santana, 6-1; Putnam Valley’s Chris Bruno maj. dec. Nanuet’s Billy Thompson, 10-0
138: Westlake’s Dean Rogener pin Irvington’s Drew Cohen, 1:43; Croton-Harmon’s Johnny Martin pin Putnam Valley’s Kyle Kelvas, 3:57; Woodlands’ Elder Calim pin Edgemont’s Peter Berman, 1:26; Nanuet’s Matt Dillon maj. dec. Croton-Harmon’s J.P. O’Malley, 8-0
145: Irvington’s Brett Pastore pin North Salem’s Teddy Fleming, 2:11; Westlake’s Nick O’Halloran maj. dec. Putnam Valley’s Angelo Zegarelli, 18-8; Croton-Harmon’s Andrew Hordan dec. Hastings’ Brandon Abrahante, 5-3; Edgemont’s Jack McCormack dec. Nanuet’s Jazz Saraguro, 7-1
152: Pawling’s Scott Porter pin Nanuet’s Cody Fitzgerald, 1:01; Irvington’s Peter Jones pin Dobbs Ferry’s Adam Rosenkranz, 3:05; Putnam Valley’s Anthony Gentile pin Edgemont’s Ross Kantor, 1:03; Westlake’s Edgar Solis pin Putnam Valley’s Denis Kelly, 1:20
160: Nanuet’s Mike Buhlmann pin Hastings’ Mikhail Garcia, 3:53; Our Lady of Lourdes’ Max Ostachowsky dec. Peter Salzarulo, 4-0; Westlake’s Constantine Coffinas pin Our Lady of Lourdes’ John Deegan, 4:30; Dobbs Ferry’s Mike Boyle pin Woodlands’ Devin Pena, :53
170: Putnam Valley’s John Messinger pin Croton-Harmon’s Matt Seputro, :52; Our Lady of Lourdes’ Tyler Estremera dec. Pleasantville’s Cole McKinney, 7-1; Edgemont’s Chris Kim pin Dobbs Ferry’s Anthony Casamo, 4:17; Nanuet’s Peter Smith pin Westlake’s Matt Zefi, 2:39
182: Pawling’s Oliver Mold pin Nanuet’s Andrew Freeman, 1:16; Pawling’s Rocco Esposito pin Woodlands’ Marshawn Dickson, 1:18; Ardsley’s Evan Shlom pin Irvington’s Evan Pachon, 1:19; Nanuet’s Kevin Brundage pin Putnam Valley’s Willie Messinger, :56
195: Nanuet’s Dan Breit pin Ardsley’s Dan Cohen, :07; Our Lady of Lourdes’ Jacob Wiegard pin Irvington’s Kevin Degnan, 1:03; Nanuet’s Sergio Ventura dec. Dobbs Ferry’s Dennis DeLeon, 5-4; Croton-Harmon’s Chris Kraft pin Our Lady of Lourdes’ Mike Miller, :56
220: Edgemont’s Daniel Kornberg pin Dobbs Ferry’s Conor Driscoll, 1:23; Pawling’s Matt Acevedo pin Our Lady of Lourdes’ Ian Lopez, 4:40; Hastings’ Quentin Bailey pin Croton-Harmon’s Alek Pavloff, 1:12; Hastings’ Chris Minnozi pin Putnam Valley’s Suneil Vaswani, 3:47
285: Pleasantville’s Obum Anyichie bye; Our Lady of Lourdes’ James Maher pin Nanuet’s Josh Nelson, 3:05; Dobbs Ferry’s Joe Morello pin Woodlands’ Tyrie Brave, 2:54; Irvington’s Anthony DiNardo pin Woodlands’ Austin Lynch, 2:16