Somers Hosts Youth Wrestling Tourney

Nicholas Goncalves works for the pin. Credits: Chris Gross

SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers High School played host to the first youth wrestling tournament in Somers in many years on Feb. 26. The Somers youth wrestling team decided to host the tournament after the great success of their Somers youth scrimmage last year.

The team’s head coach is Morgan Carey, a high school state champion. Carey, along with assistant coach Dr. Brett Lassen and coach Mike Callan, have worked tirelessly with the Somers youth wrestling team, drilling and practicing since just after Thanksgiving. The youth wrestling team works together with the Somers varsity wrestling team under the leadership of head coach Ron DiSanto, assistant coach Chris Kumrow and coach Chris Gross. The high school coaches and team helped tremendously to make it a great day.

The Somers youth tournament had over 130 registered participants from all across Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties and some from Connecticut. All age groups from kindergarten through eighth grade were represented. Wrestlers competed for gold, silver and bronze medals. The ever growing Somers youth wrestling program had most of its team medal at the tournament.

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Two of Somers’ wrestlers, Thomas Mauro and Ryan Ball, will compete in Endicott, at the New York Super Regional to qualify for state tournament later this month.

The Somers youth wrestling team would like to thank their sponsors: Stop & Shop, Northern Fence, Palisades Fuel Inc., Custom Apparel and Design, Peppino’s Pizza, Mavis Discount Tire, Iowa Style Wrestling, Top Hibachi, Key Bank, Mario Grecco D.D.S., Chili’s, Iconic Hair, Brianna Mini Mart, Olympic Diner, Advance Auto Parts, Somers Hot Bagels and Bad Company Printing and Graphics for helping making the tournament such a huge success.  

The Somers youth wrestling team: Curtis Dustin, Dalton Brown, Calvin Ehrmann, Mason Kauffman, Joseph Spano, Rhys Carway, Evan Carway, Ryan Ball, Allison Lusthaus, Liam Colderbanks, Thomas Mauro Jr., Alexander Gallino, Jonathan Gallino, Joseph Romano, Finn Carey, Derek Kuchinsky, Maximilian Harkins, Max Lupinacci, Kieran Lassen, Julian Chidester, Nicholas Goncalves, Dalton Baloy, Hudson Ruby, Dean Barlanti, Anthony Carino, Antonio Davila, Jack Walter, Luca Dorazio, Zane Murphy, Andrew Fusco, Grady Carey and Carter DaCosta.

The Somers youth wrestling team commissioner is Thomas Mauro and the vice president is Chris Ball.

Hosting a youth tournament takes a monumental effort and The Somers youth wrestling team would like to thank Nunzia Mauro, Patti Ball, Jen Carey, Joe and Danielle Romano, Deane Barlanti, Jeanie Fusco, and Russell and Julie Lusthaus.

Article submitted by Tom Mauro.

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