Thomas Wins 100th Match, Yorktown Takes Third

Yorktown’s Connor Thomas goes for the pin. Thomas was named Most Valuable Wrestler in the tourney. Credits: Deena Bell

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s wrestling squad had a solid showing at its own tournament, the 15th Annual Yorktown Duals on Dec. 10, going 4-1 while placing third in the 10-team event, with New Rochelle finishing first and Mahopac placing second.

Husker junior captain Connor Thomas (160 pounds) earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler Award while going 5-0, including winning his 100th career match. He won four of his five matches by pin.

Thomas said he was motivated to hit the century mark at home and credited his teammates and coach Eric Fama and his staff for preparing him for the tourney.

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“It has been a great journey to reach this landmark,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team and the great coaching staff we have here in Yorktown and at the Rugged Wrestling Club. I’m very happy I was able to achieve this long-standing goal of mine at home in front of friends and family.”

Yorktown’s Chris Perry (106) was 5-0 with five pins with teammate Thomas Carson (285) earning a 5-0 mark as well.

“We were all inspired to do well in our own tournament,” Thomas said. “A couple of wrestlers stepped up at key moments throughout the day. Chris Perry has been a rising star on our team. Owen McGivney stepped up and won a couple key victories. Christian Sinagra had a huge overtime win and Dean Patierno only lost once. The team as a whole wrestled very well.”

Yorktown also participated in the Section 1 Duals at Somers on Dec. 7, splitting two matches.

Yorktown was victorious against Somers 48-34, with seven of its wrestlers recording pins in Dean Patierno (106), Perry (113), Andrew Finateri (120), Patrick Patierno (152), Matt Steigmeier (182), Evontay Johnson (195) and Carson (285). Thomas (160) was victorious by forfeit against the Tuskers.

The Huskers then took on defending Section 1 Division 1 champion John Jay-Cross River, losing to the Indians 63-19.

Perry (106, major decision), Dean Patierno (113, pin), Finateri (120, pin) and Patrick Patierno (152, decision) were all victorious against John Jay.

Yorktown lost 37-33 to visiting Carmel on Dec. 5, receiving wins from Dean Patierno (106 pounds), Perry (113), Mauricio Arango (138), Patrick Patierno (160), Thomas (170) and Johnson (195).

The 43rd Annual Tiger Tournament at Mamaroneck saw Lakeland/Panas’ Brandon DiDomenico take first place in the 113-pound category.

“Taking first meant to me that the work I’ve been putting in during practice in my offseason training at Iowa Style Wrestling is paying off,” DiDomenico said. “Ryan Ocasio and Richie Shaw are great practice partners and we’ve all been grinding.”

DiDomenico won in the finals with a 7-0 decision against Dylan Meloni of Shoreham-Wading River, which he said he was able to win because of his speed and agility.

“There was a lot of scrambling during the match, and scrambles put wrestlers in situations where they have to be agile and fast,” DiDomenico said. “It was without a doubt my toughest match of the season so far.”

On DiDomenico’s way to the finals, he earned two pins, one in 19 seconds in the semifinals and in 1:24 in the third round by outmaneuvering less-experienced opponents.

Kevin Moore (170 , fourth place), Ocasio (120, fifth) and Dan Salazar (160, fifth) also placed for the Rebels.

Lakeland/Panas participated in the Section 1 Duals on Dec. 7, traveling to John Jay-East Fishkill for two matches.

The Rebels lost to Roy C. Ketcham 65-11 with DiDomenico (113, technical fall) and Moore (170, by pin in 1:56) winning their individual matches.

Lakeland/Panas fell to Beacon 54-27, with DiDomenico (120) earning a pin in 1:40. Shaw (126) won his match by a 9-3 decision with James Colombo (145, pin in 5:17), Moore (170, pin in :26) and Steve Zhingri (182, pin in 3:32) also victorious.

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