EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - Mahopac wrestlers turned in a couple of sparkling performances last week to get the team’s 2018-19 season off to a rousing start. The Indians won six of their seven matches at Saturday’s Columbia Dual Meet Tournament at Columbia High School, near Albany.
Freshman 106-pounder Angelo Centrone was a perfect 7-0 at the tournament and five other Indians—Aiden Muldoon (113 pounds), Andi Berisha (132), Charlie Nicosia (160), Mike Rivera (220) and Joe Harney (285)—all went 6-1.
Indians coach Dennis DiSanto, who picked up career win 400 at the tournament (vs. Ichabod Crane), liked what he saw.
“That’s a prestigious tournament, it’s a real test, especially early in the season,” DiSanto said. “We were 6-0 going into the Shaker match, and I think we were a little worn out at that point. They were also the best team we faced. Overall, we wrestled very well, with a lot of intensity.”
DiSanto was impressed with his 106-pound freshman. “Centrone, we were really looking forward to having him on the team,” he said. “He’s a tough wrestler, and that was an impressive performance. He was really good technically, and mentally tough. He has a great career ahead of him.”
And the group that went 6-1 is off to a great start.
“All of them wrestled very well, every single one of them,” DiSanto said. “Berisha came very close to going 7-0. In a tournament like that to come up with that record is very impressive.
“Sophomore Brock Fitzpatrick, who didn’t wrestle last year, is also off to a 5-2 start,” the coach added. “He’s come out of nowhere and has really been impressing us. Almost all of our other wrestlers went 4-3, which is definitely pretty exciting for us. We’re looking for an exciting season if we can keep it up.”
Mahopac opened its season with a convincing, 75-9, dual-meet victory over Lakeland/Panas last Wednesday (Nov. 28).
The Indians got wins from Steve Guaragna (99), Centrone (106), Muldoon (113), Frankie Scauzillo (120), Berisha (132), Larry Nardecchia (138), Tyler Roa (145), Fitzpatrick (152), Nicosia (160), Liam Condon (170), Londrim Hasanramaj (195), Rivera (220) and Harney (285).
“It was our first meet, and up and down the lineup every kid was aggressive and good technically,” DiSanto said. “We have a real balanced lineup, and we have some good wrestlers.”
DiSanto, a 35-year coaching veteran, spent his first 27 years at Somers High School. This is his eighth season at Mahopac. Only two Section 1 coaches have more wins: Perry (Arlington) with 421 and Joe Amuso (Fox Lane), 406. Both are retired, so it won’t take DiSanto long to catch them.
“I was glad to get it over with.” DiSanto joked of getting No. 400. “It would be nice to go out with the all-time win record, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about teaching skills and helping them succeed. I get as much enjoyment out of that as anything.”
Mahopac was scheduled to compete in the Section 1 Duals this week and in the Yorktown Dual Meet Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 8.