Semenetz Secures 100th Win

Garrett Semenetz defeated Ridgefield’s Pat Smart to earn his 100th career win.

WESTPORT, C.T.— Mahopac senior Garrett Semenetz attained his 100th career win at the Staples Duals on Dec. 29.

“To get my 100th win it meant for me that I joined a special group of Mahopac wrestlers,” Semenetz said. “Historically, Mahopac has had one of the greatest wrestling teams in Section 1, so to be part of the 100 wins club I feel like I’m part of the group of kids I used to look up to when I was younger.”

Semenetz earned the milestone victory in a dual meet with Ridgefield where he won by an 8-4 decision over Pat Smart in a 106-pound match.

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“I attribute my success to the hard work and time I put into training,” said Semenetz, who went 4-0 on the day. “All year round I wrestle; there are no breaks for me. I would have never been able to get to where I am today without the support of my parents and coaches.”

The Indians placed second at the dual meet tourney, defeating Ridgefield (49-24), Darien (78-6) and Staples (47-24), while falling to Westhill, 40-34.

“The team wrestled well,” Mahopac coach Dennis DiSanto said. “It was good to have Garrett back [from injury]. We had some tough matches individually and as a team.  If I can get the whole team in at the same time we can be pretty formidable.”

Also going 4-0 for the Indians were Mike Muldoon (113 pounds), Anthony Ocello (138) and Jack McDonald (195). Alex Rabinowitz (120), Tom Mahoney (170), Nick Saeta (182) and Mike Nathanson (285) each went 3-1.

“I was happy with how the team performed, but a little disappointed that we didn’t take first,” Semenetz said. “I do believe we were the best team there.”

Ice hockey splits upstate

Mahopac’s ice hockey team headed upstate for a pair of games and came home with a split after defeating Shaker/Colonie 6-3, while falling to Bethlehem Central, 6-2. Both games took place just outside of Albany at the Bethlehem YMCA on Dec. 28-29.

In the win over Shaker/Colonie, Mahopac fell behind 1-0 just two minutes into the game, but rattled off six consecutive goals to take a commanding lead.

After taking a 3-1 lead, Gianfranco Pulice exploded for three straight goals over a span of just a minute and 13 seconds. Chris Bednar and John Dignam set up the first goal. Bednar was credited with his second assist on the next goal and John Dignam and J.P. McKenzie recorded the assists on the last goal, which made it 6-1 with 1:33 left in the second period.

Vincenzo Santoro started the run with feeds coming from Daniel Borgelt and Joseph Geary with 5:22 left in the first period. T.J. McKee gave the Indians a 2-1 lead two minutes into the second period. Santoro and McKenzie notched the assists.

Dignam stretched the lead to 3-1 midway through the second period with Aidan Martin and Pulice setting up the goal.

Peter Siolas made 19 saves, while Charlie Giacomo had eight saves.

In the loss to Bethlehem Central, Pulice and McKenzie scored the goals. Geary, McKee and Brian O’Shea had assists. Siolas made 31 saves.

The game was tied at 1-1 early in the second period but Bethlehem scored five of the next six goals to pull away.

Mahopac (5-3-1) travels to Ebersole Ice Arena to take on White Plains at 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 5. The next  night the Indians face rival Carmel at 6:40 p.m. at Brewster Ice Arena.

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