Journeyman Wrangle Tournament
Saturday, Dec. 14 (Washington Avenue Armory, Albany)
John Jay wrestling took part in the Journeyman Wrangle Tournament at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany. Facing some of the best teams in the state and country, the Indians matched up against some pretty stiff opponents. Of course, competition like this doesn’t always pad his wrestlers’ resumes but definitely serves to harden Coach Bill Swertfager’s true aim for his wrestlers.
“It sharpens them up,” Swertfager said.
Even so, the Indians came away with enough hardware to make the takeaway pretty shiny. On top and anchoring the end of the order, Matt Ferrer (220 pounds) and Will Stein (195) took home the gold.
“These guys have proven they can wrestle at a high level,” said Stertfager.
Next up, Gavin Fiacco wrestled to a silver, while Luca Duva, Cameron Wierl, Max Gryzmala, and Jimmy Norris seized bronze.
But the medal winners weren’t the only ones drawing praise from their coach.
“Don Schaus has really raised his level from last year,” Swertfager said. “He made mistakes and didn’t always have enough passion. But he’s turned the corner. He’s really taking it to people and made some crazy moves to pull out some victories.”
Ian Gallagher also rose to the occasion—especially at the end.
“Ian had an incredibly tough weight class, wrestled valiantly and capped off the night with a decisive pin against a quality opponent,” Swertfager said.
He wasn’t the only one to turn the tables.
“Luke Cusato had a nice win. He was losing, came back and pinned his kid,” Swerfager said. “That will help his momentum and his confidence.”
He’s not alone, and once again Swertfager doesn’t mind when his kids come in under the radar come postseason.
“Our records are not always great, but we end up surprising opponents and overachieving at the end of the year,” he said.
John Jay 7 vs. Eastchester-Tuckahoe-Bronxville 1
Saturday, Dec. 14 (Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster)
The Indians were led by 4 goals from senior co-captain Jack Browne. Also scoring for John Jay were Danny Marschke (1G), Taylor Wishart (1G, 1A), Kyle Petschek (1G, 1A), Tyler Petschek (1A), Mike McKeon (1A), Justin DeLucia (1A) and Jacob Silva (1A). Goalie Nick Petrella made 17 saves.
John Jay 0 vs. Canisius 5
Sunday, Dec. 15 (Ice Hutch, Mount Vernon)
Goalie Nick Petrella made 36 saves against the team from Buffalo.