MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas’ wrestling squad saw two of its grapplers, senior captains Kevin Moore (170 pounds) and Brandon DiDomenico (113), both earn second-place finishes at the Peter Caruso Memorial Tournament at Mahopac on Jan. 28.
Moore attributed his success to the pace the Rebels have been keeping in practice recently.
“We’ve made it a point to waste as little time as possible and get everything we need done,” Moore said. “Everyone knows the season is drawing to a close as well as some of our careers.”
Moore said DiDomenico did as well as he did because he can handle whatever comes his way.
“Brandon is just a tough kid, that’s really all it comes down to,” Moore said. “No matter what gets thrown at him, he always comes out swinging. He’s relentless with his technique and it shows.”
While Moore and DiDomenico wanted first, overall they wrestled very well which should bode well for the divisionals at New Rochelle on Saturday.
“It was pretty good,” Moore said of their second-place finishes. “Of course it wasn’t where the target was set but none of that matters now. The only focus left is to keep going.”
Chris Servedio (2-2 at 152), Ryan Ocasio (1-2 at 120), Richie Shaw (1-2 at 126), Mike Portella (0-2 at 132) and Dan Salazar (0-2 at 160) also wrestled tough for the Rebels which should prepare them for the divisionals.
Lakeland/Panas defeated visiting Peekskill 57-12 on Jan. 25.
Servedio (152, major decision 10-2), Salazar (160, pin 2:40), Moore (170, forfeit), Nick DeSantis (182, forfeit), Chris Soravilla (106, forfeit), DiDomenico (113, forfeit), Ocasio (120, pin 1:40), Shaw (pin 2:40), Justin Rosario (132, forfeit) and Portella (138, technical fall 15-0) all won their matches against the visiting Red Devils.
Yorktown also competed in the Caruso tournament, with freshman Dean Patierno (106) leading the Huskers with a fourth-place finish.
“What helped me place fourth today were the coaches working the team so hard in practice the last few weeks and it paid off,” Patierno said.
Matt Steigmeier (fifth place, 182), Tyler Rodriguez (fifth place, 220), Owen McGivney (sixth place), 195) and Thomas Carson (sixth place, 285) also placed for Yorktown.
“They did so well because they always work so hard during practice and they never give up,” Patierno said. “It’s hard to wrestle back and place but they got it done.”
The Husker grapplers are now hoping to take the momentum they garnered into this Saturday’s divisionals.
“It’s definitely important to do as well as we did and I think all five of us will bring the same to divisionals,” Patierno said.
Yorktown beat visiting Port Chester 48-24 on Jan. 25.
Chris Perry (106, decision), Dean Patierno (113, decision), Mauricio Arango (132 decision), Patrick Patierno (152, pin), Nicholas Lasala (160, forfeit), Thomas (170, pin), Steigmeier (182, pin), McGivney (195, forfeit) and Carson (285, forfeit) all were victorious against the Rams.