CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – Senior Gavin Fiacco, runner-up a year ago, won the 160-pound Section 1 title with a hard-fought decision victory over New Rochelle’s Steven Burrell on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Clarkstown South.
Fiacco, who improved to 34-6, came out aggressively but the match remained a stalemate after the first minute. Burrell scored first, going up 2-0, countering Fiacco’s forward movements with a takedown. But two takedowns and an escape for Fiacco gave him a 5-2 lead after the first period.
The John Jay senior carried his momentum into the second and third periods, building his lead to 8-2 after another escape and takedown. Burrell answered back with 2 points, but Fiacco controlled the rest of the way, holding on for an 11-4 win over the sophomore from New Rochelle.
In the 220-pound finals, John Jay junior Matthew Ferrer fell behind 4-0 early to Sebastian Garibaldi, a junior from White Plains. Ferrer scored a point on an escape but trailed 4-1 after the first period.
The second period was all Garibaldi, who pinned Ferrer 32 seconds into the period.
John Jay sent 13 wrestlers to sectionals, with seven of them earning a spot on the podium.
In the 99-pound division, eighth-grader Luca Duva took third place and freshman Spencer Hadlock finished in sixth. Sophomore Jake Kern finished in fifth at 113 pounds, senior Max Grzymala finished in third at 152 pounds, and senior Ian Gallagher finished in third at 182 pounds.
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