Wrestling: Somers' Roediger takes Second at Mahopac Tourney

Graham Roediger placed fifth at the Westchester County Championships at 120 pounds. He also took second at the Peter Caruso Tournament at Mahopac. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

MAHOPAC, N.Y. — Somers’ Graham Roediger secured second place at the Peter Caruso Memorial Tournament on Jan. 30 at Mahopac High School.

Roediger edged Arlington’s Gavin Pasqualini 9-8 in the 120-pound semifinals, but fell to Putnam Valley’s Satoshi Abe 18-7 in the final.

“Graham is big for his weight class and he’s been using his long arms and legs to his advantage,” Somers coach Ron DiSanto Jr. said. “He’s able to lock up cradles and ride legs on top to keep his opponents down. On his feet he is getting better and better because his defense is improving and he’s really mastering his offense at the right time.  Graham is a very smart wrestler and is always aware of the score and clock when he’s wrestling, which was a huge advantage for him against (Alex) Rabinowitz of Mahopac in the quarterfinals.  He beat Pasqualini in the semifinals for the second time this season, who is ranked in the section.”

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Max Freebern netted a third-place finish at 160 pounds, defeating Washingtonville’s Ben Santarpia by a 15-0 technical fall.

“Max looked great,” DiSanto Jr. said. “He has gotten better from every position, but his top wrestling has been outstanding. He has a nice system of going from one move to another, so he’s able to rack up a good amount of near fall points. His tilts worked well this weekend.”

Somers netted three fifth-place finishes with Roediger (120), William DiBenedetto (126) and Freebern (160) taking fifth. The Tusker trio earned some quality wins and defeated some all-section wrestlers from last season.

“All three of them embraced the grind of competing two days in a row, which is tough to do physically and mentally,” DiSanto Jr. said. “I was really proud of their resiliency and grit.  They bounced back to earn all-county even after losing early on in the tournament.  They had good technique but their will to win gave them the edge.”

Somers will compete in divisionals on Feb. 6 at John Jay-Cross River.

“The success we had this weekend was a perfect way to end the regular season,” DiSanto Jr. said. “We feel we have momentum going into the postseason.  We gained confidence not only because we did well, but we did well against tough opponents. The guys learned that they shouldn’t pay too much attention to seeds or rankings and just go out there and wrestle because anyone is beatable if you go out there with confidence.”

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