YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Somers’ varsity wrestling team took part in the 15th annual Yorktown Dual Meet Tournament on Dec. 10. The Tuskers went 2-3 in the tournament and won the seventh-place match by defeating White Plains 51-24.
Somers defeated Carmel (42-36), but fell to Port Chester (45-39), tournament champion New Rochelle (67-6) and Glen Cove (64-24) of Long Island.
“The Carmel match was a nail-biter,” Somers coach Ron DiSanto said. “They got off to a hot start, but our middle weights caught us up, then Sean Freebern clinched it for the team with a pin. Against Port Chester we won more individual matches than them, so we would have beat them if we didn’t have to forfeit three weight classes and give up 18 points.”
Billy DiBenedetto (132 pounds), Graham Roediger (138), Matt Kelly (152), Nick Davison (170/160) and Sean Freebern (220) all went 4-1 in the dual-meet tournament. Eric Giancaspro (126) and Nick Fiore (152) each went 2-1.
“Our veterans are becoming more and more reliable and they scored big points for us,” DiSanto said.
Matt Russo (99, 2-3), Jon Barakat (113, 2-3), Brian Walter (145, 2-3), Tristan Manzano (126, 1-1), and Anderson Fiorella (195, 1-3) all earned a win for the Tuskers.
“Our younger, less experienced wrestlers are improving every match, and everyone left the tournament with a win,” DiSanto said.
Yorktown defeated Somers 48-34 in a quad meet hosted by Somers in the opening round of the Section 1 Dual Meet Tournament on Dec. 7.
Somers bounced back with a 54-18 win over Byram Hills immediately after the loss to the Huskers.
“We were pretty competitive against Yorktown,” DiSanto said. “It was a little disappointing losing to a rival, but they are slightly more experienced than us so it’s understandable. We bounced back with a win against Byram Hills. We went 1-1 on the day and it shows the progress of the program, since we went 0-2 in each of the last two seasons.”
Against the Bobcats, Ryan Savino (106) and Manzano (120) won by pin with Barakat (113), Giancaspro (126), Roediger (138), Fiore (145), Kelly (152), Javaughn Clarke (182) and Freebern (220) picking up victories by forfeit.
In the loss to Yorktown, Freebern (220, decision), Matt Russo (99, forfeit), Giancaspro (126, forfeit), DiBenedetto (132, pin), Roediger (138, decision), Fiore (145, pin) and Davison (170, major decision) all earned wins.
It’s still early in the season, but DiSanto has noticed progress in his team and some returning wrestlers should help the lineup improve.
“The lineup as a whole is starting to get into a rhythm and understand our identity,” DiSanto said. “We know our middle weights plus Freebern are our strength and our light weights are raw but they are learning quickly. As everyone continues to improve, and we get Peter Bentivegna back from injury, we are looking forward to becoming more and more competitive.”