Thomas, Perry, DiDomenico Take First

Yorktown’s Connor Thomas is in control against Lakeland/Panas’ Dan Salazar. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

YONKERS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s Connor Thomas won the 160-pound title with a 4-3 decision against Ossining’s Tyrese Marbury at the Westchester County Wrestling Championships at Yonkers High School on Jan. 21.

“It is a great honor to win this prestigious tournament,”  Thomas said. “It took a lot of hard work to prepare for today and I couldn’t have done it without the hard work that my team has put in during practice. I have wanted this title for a long time.”

Thomas said that Marbury was a very tough opponent and that it required a lot of willpower to win the match.

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“I had beaten him earlier in the season and this time he was prepared for me,” Thomas said. “I had to change my tactics in the middle of this match to get the win.”

Yorktown’s Chris Perry earned the 106-pound title with a 4-0 decision over Pleasantville’s Len Balducci.

“Placing first in a competitive tournament like counties was really great,” Perry said. “I had a lot of tough matches but I was able to come out on top.”

One of them was against Balducci.

“Lenny is a great wrestler but the key to me beating him was scoring the first takedown,” Perry said. “After that I rode him out the rest of the match. It was a great match.”

Lakeland/Panas’ Brandon DiDomenico won the 113-pound crown at the county championships with a 7-0 decision against Irvington’s Joel Andrade, which was his 100th career victory.

DiDomenico said that the key to beating Andrade was that he pushed the pace all the way through and never gave him any opportunities to score.

“It feels great to win my 100th career match but it feels even better to win the championship,” DiDomenico said. “It means to me that I’ve improved since last year. I’ve had my eye on that belt since sophomore year when the Westchester County tournament first started.”

For Yorktown, Patrick Patierno (145, second), Dean Patierno (106, fourth), Andrew Finateri (113, fourth), Mauricio Arango (132, fifth), Matt Steigmeier (182, fifth) and Thomas Carson (285, fourth) helped the Huskers to a fifth-place finish out of 28 teams.

“Last year we didn’t place in the top 10,” Thomas said. “It was amazing to place as high as we did this year, and we had eight medal winners today.”

Placing fifth as a team was a great feeling, according to Perry.

“My whole team wrestled phenomenal and I’m glad our hard work is starting to show,” Perry said.

For Lakeland/Panas, Ryan Ocasio (120, fifth) and Kevin Moore (170, sixth) also placed with teammate Dan Salazar (160) winning two matches.

Visiting Fox Lane defeated Yorktown 49-36 on Jan. 19, as Perry (106, pin), Dean Patierno (113, pin), Thomas (170, pin), Steigmeier (182, pin), Tyler Rodriguez (220, pin) and Carson (285, forfeit) all recorded wins for the Huskers.

Lakeland/Panas fell to visiting Eastchester 45-36 on Jan. 19, led by winners DiDomenico (113, pin), Ocasio (120, pin), Richie Shaw (126, pin), Michael Portella (138, forfeit), Nick DeSantis (160, pin) and Moore (182, pin).

The Rebels lost at Nyack 60-24 on Jan. 17 with DiDomenico (113, forfeit), Ocasio (120, pin), Shaw (126, 5-3 decision), Moore (170, 5-1 decision) and Christopher Soravilla (106, forfeit) all garnering victories.

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