MAHOPAC, N.Y. - With a 52-21 dual meet win over Brewster Monday, Jan. 7, Indians Coach Dennis DiSanto made Section 1 history by earning his 422nd career victory. Until then, the record of 421 victories was held by former Arlington coach Fred Perry, followed by Fox Lane’s now retired Joe Amuso, with 406. 

“It was a close match and I was pretty confident that we were going to be able to pull it out at the end,” DiSanto said. “But we never get too confident, so it was a big relief to seal it at the 99-pound weight class.”

It was an emotional night for the coach, who said he received the support of his team all season, especially since his 400th victory.

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DiSanto, who also coached in Somers for 27 years, said he was touched to see that many of his former students were also in attendance.

“It was really emotional to see the guys that I coached 20 years ago, who have families and jobs of their own now, take the time to come out and support me,” he said. 

DiSanto is in his 35th year of coaching and is set to retire at the end of this school year.

“We’re just lucky to have him,” athletic director John Augusta said.

Augusta added that he and the coach have worked together for the last eight years, and in that time he’s been continually impressed with DiSanto’s work with students both on and off the mats.

“He instills the values that are important in young men—just creating good citizens,” he added. “Dennis does that better than anybody. Whoever steps into that role next year has some big shoes to fill.”

Mahopac goes up against Carmel at home Thursday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m., where there will be a ceremony honoring DiSanto prior to the meet.