CARMEL, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School wrestling team wrapped up a league championship last week at Carmel by beating the Rams, 45-30. The Indians also rolled to a 69-12 victory one day later at Horace Greeley, and stand at 22-9 on the season.
Last Thursday (Jan. 30) at Greeley, the Indians got victories from Sam Przymylski (106), Xander Smith (113), Angelo Centrone (120), Aidan Muldoon (126), Ryan Kick (132), James Russo (138), Larry Nardecchia (145), Carlos Miguel (152), Tyler Roa ( 160), Brock Fitzpatrick (170), and Londrim Hasanramaj (220).
One day earlier, the Indians beat Carmel to clinch the league title.
“Carmel was a closer match,” said Indians coach Steve Tornambe. “Our heavyweights really stepped up. Liam Condon had a big pin for us at 170, Brock had a second-period pin at 182, (Safiullah) Ahmed gave us a big pin at 220, and Londrim moved up to 285 and also came up with a pin. Those guys all really pushed us over the top.
“Being part of a rivalry, you never know how kids are going to respond,” the coach added. “But the kids really stepped up, the seniors were ready, and that spilled over to our underclassmen. To win the league as a first-year coach was very exciting for me, the kids are really peaking at the right time. And we’re really looking forward to a great tournament on Saturday.”
The Indians are set to participate in the Division 2 Tournament Saturday at Westlake High School, including the Indians, Fox Lane, Ossining, Nyack, Rye, Somers, Roy C. Ketcham, and Greeley.
“It’s the post-season, and now if you’re not in the top four, your season’s over,” Tornambe said. “It’s do or die. But our guys have been working hard, and I think they’re ready.”
Centrone took a second at last year’s sectional tournament, and stands at 35-2 going into divisionals. Mahopac’s other top contenders include Roa (31-3), Fitzpatrick (21-3), Muldoon (26-4), Russo (26-8), Nardecchia (28-6) and Hasanramaj (22-7).
The top four wrestlers in each week class move on to next weekend’s Section 1 tournament. Wrestling on Saturday, Feb. 15, will be at Sleepy Hollow, with Sunday’s action moving to Clarkstown South High School.