WEST NYACK, N.Y. – Mahopac High School sophomore and team captain Angelo Centrone finally washed away the taste of last year’s second-place finish by winning the first Section 1 title of his still-young career, prevailing at 113 pounds in the championship match Sunday at Clarkstown South High School.
The win secured a spot for Centrone in Saturday’s state championships at the Times-Union Arena in Albany.
This year’s Section 1 Championships opened Saturday at Sleepy Hollow High School then moved to Clarkstown South on Sunday for semifinals and finals.
Centrone won one match by forfeit, and another via injury default, winning the title by dominating in the two remaining matches he had to win. Centrone pinned Justin Fortuno (Byram Hills) in the third period in the finals. Centrone also pinned Fortuno at divisionals.
“He was just dominant,” Indians coach Steve Tornambe said of Centrone, who improved his season mark to 40-2. “It was basically a warmup for states for him. He was doing everything he needed to do, putting people on their backs… he was dominant, and he’s wrestling great.”
Indians senior captain Tyler Roa’s dream of winning a sectional title went down with a 6-4 loss to Steve Burrel (New Rochelle) in the 160-pound semifinal. Roa came back with a pair of wins to take a third place, and ends a strong season with a record of 37-4.
“Tyler wrestled really well,” Tornambe said. “It was unfortunate he lost that match. But he really showed his leadership and grit by coming back and getting third. I was really proud of him for that.”
Junior Brock Fitzpatrick took a sixth place at 170 pounds, closing the season at 26-5.
“That was amazing,” Tornambe said. “Brock wrestled really well. He lost twice to the eventual champ, and did well to come back. He’s wrestled well all year for us.”
Mahopac, which advanced 13 grapplers from divisionals, had three advance to Sunday’s action, and finished in sixth place as a team, behind Fox Lane, Suffern, New Rochelle, John Jay (Cross River) and Arlington.
“We had a difficult wrestleback round,” Tornambe said. “We lost some close matches. But I think it was a great experience for the kids, especially the underclassmen.”