MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It’s been an injury-riddled season for Mahopac’s wrestling team, but the Indians are still giving their all on the mats.
That showed when Mahopac qualified seven grapplers for sectionals and had three champions at divisionals at Carmel High School.
“I was hoping to get a few more (sectional qualifiers) but all things considered we did well,” Mahopac coach Dennis DiSanto said. “The most exciting thing about the weekend was winning three overtime matches. We practice that all the time.”
Freshman Aidan Muldoon (106 pounds), senior Tom Mahoney (170) and junior Mike Rivera (220) were the Indians’ three victors on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Muldoon earned a hard-fought 9-7 overtime decision over North Rockland’s Sean Garofal in the 106-pound final.
“Aidan had a great tournament,” DiSanto said. “He has been wrestling really well in the last few weeks, with more confidence and has been more aggressive. He can place at sectionals this weekend.”
Mahoney defeated North Rockland’s Tyler Cruger, 10-5, to claim the title. Rivera edged out Ossining’s Joe Nolan, 4-3, in the 220 final.
“Mahoney and Rivera did well. They were both seeded first, and they lived up to their expectations,” DiSanto said. “They both should place high this weekend.”
Also qualifying for sectionals were Kevin Bunyea (third, 120), Andi Berisha (third, 126), Charlie Nicosia (third, 145) and Sean Gallagher (fourth, 106).
Mahopac will take part in the first day of the Section 1 Division 1 tournament on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sleepy Hollow. Day two is the next day at Clarkstown South.