MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac wrestling team picked up dual meet wins over Roy C. Ketcham and Port Chester last week, but the big news came on Thursday (Jan. 16), when the Indians came from behind to defeat Arlington, 46-36, in a key meeting of the league’s only unbeaten teams.
With the winner of the match on their way to a league title, both teams wanted the win.
Mahopac led the matchup until an Indians forfeit at 285 gave the host a 30–28 advantage. Mahopac then lost in the next match, putting Arlington ahead 36-28.
But the Indians had three of their top guns in the final three matches, and Xander Smith (106), Angelo Centrone (113), and Aiden Muldoon (120) all came through with pins to give Mahopac the victory.
Mahopac can clinch a league title with a win over Carmel on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Admirals coach Dave Grafmuller said his team knew Mahopac was the team to beat. “We knew Mahopac was probably the toughest team in the league, and the winner of this match would be in the driver’s seat (for a league title),” the coach said.
“We were pretty happy with the win,” Indians coach Steve Tornambe said. “The kids have worked hard, and to beat Arlington was big—we knew we needed to beat this team to win the league. And it’s good to see success, it keeps the guys motivated. We won the swing matches. Xander, Angelo, Aidan… When you finish with your horses, that’s always a good thing.”
Ryan Kick (18-8) gave the Indians a quick 22-second pin to open the match at 126 pounds. Chris Russo (20-5) won by pin at 1:32, Larry Nardecchia picked up a 10-1 victory at 145 pounds, and Carlos Miguel continued to wrestle well, earning a 7-3 win at 1:52.
Tyler Roa (26-2) earned a 9-5 win at 170 pounds, and Brock Fitzpatrick (13-2) picked up a third-period pin at 182.
Mahopac also picked up a 61-24 victory over Ketcham the prior Tuesday, and last Friday, the Indians hosted Port Chester, posting a 41-27 victory.
Mahopac got victories from Kick, Russo, Miguel, Roa, Fitzpatrick, Liam Condon, Londrim Hasanramaj, Chris Morris, Smith, Muldoon (22-2), Nardecchia (22-5), and AJ Watts.
Centrone took a rare loss at 113 in the Port Chester match, despite having pinned his opponent.
After the pin was called, Port Chester‘s Bruz Garcia claimed he was bitten by Centrone. The referee made a judgment call and gave Garcia the win.
“Angelo should’ve won, but in the end it’s not that big of a deal,” Tornambe said. “It was a judgment call, and I think it was a bad call. The rule book states that a clear bottom and top (teeth marks) must be visible, and they were not.”
Centrone finished the week at 31-3.
Tornambe said several of his wrestlers have been progressing well. “Kick had a 3-0 week, and has been looking good,” the coach said. “Russo also had a 3-0 week, Carlos Miguel went 3–0, and has been chipping away, we’re expecting him to win in the lineup now. He’s been improving, and finding ways to win. And Brock and Liam have both been doing a great job.
“The guys are coming on at the right time,” the coach added. “We just need to stay focused and take it into the post-season.”
The Indians will host their own 16-team Peter Caruso Tournament Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m., with finals at 3:30. Competing teams include Mahopac, Peekskill, Putnam Valley, Byram Hills, Lourdes, Corning, John Glenn, Darien, Yorktown, Greenville, Somers, Rondout Valley, Middletown, Carmel, Pine Bush, and Smithtown East.