MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Yorktown gained a lot of valuable experience at the Peter Caruso Mahopac Tournament on Jan. 25, with five of their wrestlers going 2-2 in a very competitive tournament.
One of those Husker grapplers, sophomore Rob Cermele, placed sixth in the 195-pound weight class. He said it really meant a lot to him to place sixth.
“I’m very proud of myself, for all that hard work I put into this,” Cermele said.
Cermele credited various people for placing at the tourney, which also drew wrestlers from Byram Hills, Carmel, Darien (Conn.), Greenville, John Glenn, Our Lady of Lourdes, Mahopac, Middletown, Peekskill, Pine Bush, Putnam Valley, Rondout Valley, Roy C. Ketcham, Smithtown East, and Somers.
“I would have to say that the coaching staff, the support from my teammates and family, really encouraged me to work hard,” Cermele said. “All the hard work at practice really paid off.”
Cermele said the experience of wrestling at Mahopac this past weekend will pay off down the road as well.
“It prepared me for the tough competition coming up later on,” Cermele said.
The other Huskers who went 2-2 were Chris Constantine (99 pounds), Nicolas Carducci (106), Marc Pisani (132) and Dillon Carter (145).
“Rob has started getting some more confidence the last few weeks,” said Yorktown coach Eric Fama. “As a team we made some nice strides today to prepare for the postseason.”
Yorktown (9-15) also had two dual meets during the week; the first one at Clarkstown South on Jan. 22, with the host prevailing 44-37.
Andrew Finateri (126, pin), Pisani (138, pin), Carter (145, pin), Dean Patierno (152, pin), Dan Moffat (160, pin), Christian Sinagra (170, pin) and Cermele (195, pin), all garnered victories for the Huskers.
A day later, Yorktown hosted their senior night, losing to Hendrick Hudson, 49-36, with Joe Tornambe (99, forfeit), Constantine (106, pin), Finateri (126, pin), John Falcone (132, pin), Patierno (145, pin) and Sinagra (170, pin), getting into the winners’ circle.
The senior night was emotional for the graduating Huskers. Finateri was glad to have his final home match as a Husker end in pinning his opponent.
“It was my last time ever wrestling at home on that mat, so it was a great feeling ending on a good note with a pin, and knowing that I wrestled well,” Finateri said.
Joining Finateri in the Husker senior class are Chris Cahan, Dominick Sanfardino, Dean Patierno, Christian Sinagra, Matteo Cermele, Dominick Ochoa and Pisani.
“We have a big senior class with a lot of experience and leadership, with five captains and three returning all-section wrestlers, who will be lost,” Fama said.
Pisani, Sanfardino, Finateri, Sinagra and Patierno are the Huskers’ captains with Finateri, Patierno and Sinagra, the returning all-section wrestlers.
Yorktown added a final match to their regular season, as they are scheduled to finish it at New Rochelle at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, four days before the divisionals begin.
“It’s a nice tune up before the postseason,” said Fama, who is a 2004 New Rochelle graduate.