MAHOPAC, N.Y. — Seventeen teams will descend on Mahopac High School on Jan. 30 as the Indians will host the Peter Caruso Memorial Tournament. Wrestling action begins at 8 a.m.
“We have 16 schools from all over New York State,” Mahopac coach Dennis DiSanto said. “I am looking forward to the competition and it should be a great tune-up for the postseason.”
Many local schools will be involved such as Yorktown, Somers, Putnam Valley, Byram Hills and Arlington along with some from upstate New York like Washingtonville (Section 9) and Canandaigua (Section 5) along with Long Island’s Smithtown East.
The Pete Caruso Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded four new scholarships in 2015 for a total of 14 scholarships in the four years since Caruso’s passing.
“All of our scholarship winners continue to build on Pete’s and Mahopac’s legacy of friends, teamwork and sportsmanship,” said John Caruso, his father. “This could not have happened except for the generosity of people like you. My family and the Mahopac wrestling team would like to thank you.”
The Indians defeated Lakeland/Panas 48-39 in a dual meet on Jan. 20. Joe Harney (220, forfeit), Mike Delahanty (285, forfeit), Frankie Scauzillo (99, forfeit), Mike Muldoon (126, pin 0:41), Eric Gagne (138, forfeit), Niko DeCola (145, forfeit), Joe Porcelli (152, forfeit) and Jack McDonald (170, forfeit) earned wins.
“It was good to get one in the win column against Lakeland/Panas but we had several starters out,” DiSanto said. “We have been struggling week after week with injuries and illnesses. Hopefully we’ll have everyone back for the postseason.”
Mahopac lost to Arlington 70-10 on Jan. 25. Garrett Semenetz (99, pin 1:04) and Muldoon (12-1 major) picked up the only victories.
From John Caruso: If you can or know someone who would like to donate, we have a new paypal online site:petecarusomemorialscholarshipfund.com. Checks can also be made out and mailed to: Pete Caruso Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o John Caruso, 375 Lake Shore Drive, Mahopac, NY 10541. Feel free to call with questions or concerns: 845-849-4579.