ALBANY, N.Y. – Angelo Centrone’s quest for a state title was derailed—at least for now—in the quarterfinals of the state championships last week at the Times Union Center Albany, where the Indians captain ended up placing seventh.
The Mahopac sophomore, who was fifth at last year’s state championships, won three of his five matches at the state tournament, and closes the winter season with a 46–4 record, and All-State recognition for the second straight year.
“He won a 6-0 decision, and was dominant in his last match to finish the state tournament (to earn seventh),” said Indians coach Steve Tornambe. “Of course he wanted to do better than last year, and he had all the tools. But sometimes things just don’t go your way.”
Centrone lost in the quarterfinals to one of the same wrestlers he beat at the Eastern States tournament. “In that match he was wrestling well, moving well,” Tornambe said. “But he (the opponent) got an early takedown, and was very tough.
“Angelo wrestled a heck of a tournament,” Tornambe added. “He really showed his leadership and determination, to come back after losing, and then still take seventh. I think it was a great way to finish out his sophomore season. He’s pretty happy with being All-State the last two years, and he’s been around the sport long enough to know that this was a great season for him. He’s the first sophomore captain in our program history, and he makes coaching easier. He’s a leader in the room, and one of the hardest workers, and he’ll get back to work, follow the process, and be successful.”
Indians senior captain Tyler Roa received a wild-card invitation to the state tournament, where he wrestled at 160 pounds. Roa lost his first match, won his second, and then lost again and was eliminated from competition.
Roa closes his senior season as an All-Section pick, with a 39-6 record.
“He had an opportunity, and he made the most of it,” Tornambe said. “He’s been so important to our program. We have four captains, but his leadership skills really showed through. He’s had a great career for us, and he will be tough to replace.
“It just goes to show, if you do what you’re supposed to do all season, good things can happen,“ the coach added of the wild-card invitation. “To be able to finish his career at states was great. The wrestling state champions are one of the best state championships there are. The arena is packed, it’s a great atmosphere, and for him to be able to close his career there was truly amazing.”