Lakeland/Panas' DiDomenico Dominates at Scarsdale Wrestling Tourney

Lakeland/Panas’ Brandon DiDomenico, top, won the 103-pound title at Scarsdale’s tourney. Credits: Photo: Vic McGee

Lakeland/Panas participated in the 14-team Scarsdale Invitational Tournament on Jan. 9 with three of its grapplers placing.

Brandon DiDomenico (106 pounds) placed first, Kevin Moore (160) was fourth and Ryan Quinn (182) earned a sixth-place finish.

“It felt like a good accomplishment for me to win the Scarsdale Invitational Tournament because there were a handful of impressive teams who attended,” DiDomencio said.

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DiDomenico won the championship match when he pinned Mount Vernon’s Curtis Williams in 3:34.

“I knew that my opponent had a lot of upper-body strength, and he was also very fast, so that was something I had to watch out for,” DiDomenico said. “The key to winning that match was that I had to be just as fast as he was, while also attacking the legs instead of the upper body.”

Lakeland/Panas fell the previous day at Pawling 64-18 with DiDomenico (106), Caleb Meekins (113) and Quinn (182) all winning by pin.

“We unfortunately have a handful of guys injured and gave up a bunch of matches to forfeits, five of them,” Lakeland/Panas coach Craig Bergquist said.

The Rebels began the week with a competitive 43-30 loss to visiting Beacon on Jan. 6.

“Although we gave forfeits at 99, 145, 170, and 220 pounds, we faired pretty well in an exciting match against Beacon tonight,” Bergquist said. “A few matches that went their way could have easily gone our way.”

DiDomenico (106) recorded a pin in 2:30, Meekins, who usually wrestles at 113 pounds, wrestled up at 120 and recorded a pin at 5:19, newcomer William Ortiz (132) won by pin in 4:40 and Quinn (195) earned a pin in 5:40 against the Bulldogs.

“The newer guys are gaining confidence and experience as the season progresses,” Bergquist said.

Yorktown competed in the 52nd Annual Murphy Guccione Shoreline Classic at New Rochelle and saw four of its grapplers place against the 22-team field, half of it coming from outside of Section 1.

They were second-place Josh Grant (170), third-place Ross Mandel (145), fourth-place Thomas Carson (285) and sixth-place Andrew Finateri (106).

“It was a step up from last year and a big improvement from last year, but we have a lot of work to do against the tougher competition,” Yorktown coach Eric Fama said.

For Fama, it was also a homecoming since he wrestled at New Rochelle before graduating from there in 2004.

“It was nice to see familiar faces,” Fama said.

Yorktown started the week with a big 45-40 triumph in its league opener at Horace Greeley on Jan. 6.

“It was great to start off our league schedule with a win, but we can take a lot from this match to improve on for the rest of our league matches,” Fama said.

Finateri (113), Trevvon Johnson (120), Patrick Patierno (138), Connor Thomas (152) and Grant (182) all won by pin, Dean Patierno (99) earned his win by decision and Owen McGivney (195) and Carson (285) recorded wins by forfeit against the Quakers.

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