YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Just a little over a week after he recorded his 100th-career victory, Andrew Finateri, Yorktown’s senior captain and five-year varsity wrestler, continues to earn well-deserved accolades.
The latest came at the Yorktown duals, a round-robin style meet on Saturday, Dec. 14, when he earned MVP of the event, where he recorded a 5-0 record in the 120-pound weight class.
“I was really happy when I found out I won MVP, because it showed that my hard work is paying off,” Finateri said.
Joseph Tornambe (99 pounds) and Christian Sinagra (170), also registered 5-0 marks, for Yorktown (5-7).
“They wrestled with extreme toughness and that’s why they did so well,” Finateri said.
As a team, Yorktown was 2-3, with wins against Mahopac (57-26) and Roy C. Ketcham (46-34), and losses to Westhampton Beach (48-27), who placed first at the duals, Glen Cove (48-34), and Pleasantville (41-40).
“We are definitely improving with a lot of young guys showing promise,” Finateri said. “We just need to work on not giving up bonus points in dual meets, but besides that, we wrestled well overall.”
Lakeland/Panas’ Nicolas DeSantis (170), who also went 5-0, at the Yorktown Duals, earned the sportsmanship award at the event.
“It means a lot to be able to go 5 and 0 at any wrestling tournament,” DeSantis said. “It also means that all the hard work that I put in practice paid off.”
Fellow Rebels, Shane Coster (138), Conor McGannon (182), and Charlie Dubrawski (220), each went 4-1.
“They wrestled that good, because they work the hardest at practice every day, much like me,” DeSantis said.
As a team, the Rebels went 3-2, beating Ketcham 42-40, defeating Clarkstown North 60-24, falling to Glen Cove 39-35, losing to Westhampton Beach 55-24, and winning against Mahopac 48-31.
“I feel the team performed very well, as we are a young team, with not a lot of experience,” DeSantis said. “We held our own in each and every match.”
Lakeland/Panas (4-4) also hosted Mahopac at Walter Panas on Dec. 10, with the Indians coming out on top 51-36.
Spencer Maja (106), Austin Bergen (132), DeSantis (182), McGannon (195), Dubrawski (220), and Julian Soto (285), each won by pin against the Indians.