LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y.— Yorktown had two of its wrestlers stand out at the 15th annual Eastern States Classic in Chris Perry, who placed third at 99 pounds and Patrick Patierno, who went 2-2 at 145 pounds.
“Placing third at Eastern States was a great feeling,” Perry said. “I had a lot of tough matches and I am glad I was able to place.”
Perry said concentrating on the task at hand played a major role in his success at Sullivan Community College on Jan. 13-14.
“What enabled me to take third today was taking it one match at a time,” Perry said. “I never looked past the match I was about to wrestle.”
Lakeland/Panas’ wrestling squad overcame visiting Ardsley/Dobbs Ferry in a dual meet 42-30 on Jan.11.
“What enabled us to win as a team is our attitude on the mat that our coaches have been emphasizing, which is to be working every second of the match,” Lakeland/Panas senior captain Richie Shaw said. “And as coach [Anthony] Whitehouse says, ‘Impose your will.’”
Shaw won his match when he defeated Yousef Shahbain by a 5-1 decision in a 126-pound contest.
“The key to winning my match today was the drilling we have done in practice,” Shaw said. “I had a rehearsed plan and stuck to it.”
Shaw thought Michael Portella, who was very impressive in an exhibition victory, and Kevin Moore, who pinned his opponent in 1:48 at 182 pounds, stood out for the Rebels against Ardsley-Dobbs Ferry.
“Today the effort that stood out the most was shown by Micheal Portella, who won by a pin,” Shaw said. “Mike has made an amazing amount of improvement and his hard work paid off today. I can speak for the team, and say just how proud we are of Mike’s performance. Also Kevin Moore dominated on the mat today and as always showed how ready he is to impose his will on opponents.”
Daniel Salazar (160, forfeit), Nick DeSantis (170, forfeit), Patrick Hickey (220, forfeit), Brandon DiDomenico (113, forfeit), Ryan Ocasio (120, pin in 1:23) and Justin Rosario (132, decision 2-1) also were victorious.
DiDomenico (2-2 at 113) and Moore (0-2 at 170) competed in the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan Community College.
Lakeland/Panas had most of its wrestlers participate in the Hendrick Hudson Sailor Classic on Jan. 14, with Ryan Ocasio (2-2) placing sixth at 120 pounds and Richie Shaw (2-2) finishing eighth at 126 pounds.