Somers 63 vs. Byram Hills 23
Somers’ wrestling team, which is combined with North Salem this season, started off the campaign with a big upset in the first round of the Section 1 Dual Meet championships.
The team, which was seeded No. 26, defeated No. 7 ranked Byram Hills/Briarcliff/Westlake/Valhalla, 63-23, on Dec. 4 at Somers High School.
“It was a special moment that marked the beginning of a new era for our program,” Coach Ron DiSanto said of the win. “Having a near full lineup and listening to how loud the gym got was great for the sport of wrestling in this town.
“The next generation of kids combined with our returning wrestlers, create a very enthusiastic, exciting group,” DiSanto added. “It was satisfying to see our hard work result in a win, but we know we still have a young team with a lot to learn. The veterans did their job as leaders and our younger kids kept their composure and focus.”
Robert Davidson (170 pounds) got the Tuskers out to a quick lead with a pin in just one minute. A.J. D’Orazio then won a tight 6-5 decision at 182 pounds. A forfeit and a Byram Hills pin gave the Bobcats a 12-9 lead.
But Somers answered with a Thomas Gall pin at 285 pounds and North Salem’s Dominic Barrella then picked up a forfeit victory at 99.
Somers lost the next two matches by pin to fall behind 24-21.
The Tuskers, however, won the final seven matches in a row. Marco Gonzalez (120, pin), North Salem’s Carolyne Barrella (126, pin), Luke Kennedy (132, pin), Michael Daly (138, DQ), Anthony Tucci (145, pin), Zach Lupinacci (152, pin) and Peter Kim (160, pin) earned victories.
Byram lost a point due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the 138-pound match.
Ketcham 57, Somers 30
In the finals of the quad meet at Somers, the Tuskers fell to Roy C. Ketcham, 57-30.
A.J. D’Orazio (182, pin), Michael Rivera (220, forfeit), North Salem’s Dominic Barrella (99, pin), Marco Gonzalez (120, pin) and Peter Kim (160, pin) picked up wins.
“We held our own against Ketcham who is really tough,” DiSanto said. “It was neck and neck until they pulled away toward the end. I was most impressed with the fight from Luke Kennedy, as a freshman, against one of their captains and Zach Lupinacci wrestled tough against last year’s section champ Brandon Carroll.”
North Salem’s Dominic Barrella (99 pounds), Peter Kim (160) and Michael Rivera (220) each won their respective titles at the Patriot Tournament at John Jay (East Fishkill) on Dec. 7. Kim went 5-0 while Barrella and Rivera each were 4-0.
Thomas Gall went 3-1 on the day at 285 pounds and placed third.