CROSS RIVER, N.Y.— It wasn’t the easiest draw for the Somers wrestling team when it headed to divisionals at John Jay-Cross River on Feb. 4.
The host Indians, Fox Lane, Mahopac and more stood in its way of qualifying for sectionals.
When the dust settled, Somers qualified two wrestlers for the Section 1 Division 1 tournament in senior Billy DiBenedetto and junior Sean Freebern.
DiBenedetto finished second at 126 pounds, falling to John Jay’s Matthew Kramer by pin in the finals. The senior, who was seeded second, reached the finals by recording an 8-6 win over Carmel’s Jaydon Boscia in the semis.
Freebern placed third at 220 pounds. He pinned Mahopac’s Mike Rivera in 4:37 in the consolation match. The junior went 3-1 on the day. He won his quarterfinal by pin in 52 seconds, but fell to Mahopac’s Joe Harney by a close 3-2 decision in the semis. Freebern then reached the third-place match with a pin of White Plains’ Jose Guijosa.
Jon Barakat reached the semifinals at 113 pounds, but suffered two straight losses to come up just short of sectionals. Graham Roediger made the semis at 138 pounds, but lost to John Jay’s Ray Cotto 6-3 and then fell to Fox Lane’s Ben Antin 4-2 in the wrestle backs.
Matt Kelly also came up one win shy of sectionals at 152 pounds. In wrestle backs, he scored a 17-2 technical fall win but fell to Carmel’s Ben Rivera 11-9. Peter Bentivegna won two matches at 160 pounds but came up a win short of making sectionals.
Sectionals will take place on Feb. 11 at Arlington and Feb. 12 at Clarkstown South.