Fox Lane dominates Super 16

by Rob DiAntonio on
Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:10 PM

Updated Sun, Jan 29, 2012 1:12 PM

CARMEL, N.Y. – Another tournament, another win for Fox Lane.

The Foxes added to their overwhelming supply of first-place trophies by cruising to victory with five individual champions at the Super 16 tournament on Saturday. They totaled 221.5 team points and won by a staggering margin over second place Center Moriches (153 points).

“It was a very good overall team performance,” Fox Lane coach Joe Amuso said. “A lot of kids that we brought up placed in the top six. It was a total team effort.”

Brandon Fay, Sam Speno, Danny Ventura, Matt Pasqualini and Danny Clune all finished in first place. Tommy Grippi and Giancarlo Morreale both came in second place.

“I think we did well, but we could have done a lot better,” said Speno, a senior. “Tommy and [Giancarlo] lost, but I think they’re both better than the kids they wrestled.”

In the 126-pound final, Speno recorded a solid 10-3 win over Ardsley’s Drew Longo, who has placed in the state in Division 2.

“I beat him last year here in the finals,” Speno said. “I know he’s pretty good. But when I took him down the first time, I knew I could get in on him every time. Then he reversed me and I got a little nervous. I escaped, took him down and got a good lead. Then I got confidence and just cruised from there.”

Ventura followed Speno with an 11-3 major decision over Sleepy Hollow’s Edwin Jiminez in the 132-pound final. At 160 pounds, Pasqualini dominated Center Moriches’ Travis Baskerville, winning by a 14-1 major decision.
Fay won by technical fall over Croton-Harmon’s Andrew Barsuch in the 99-pound final. Clune rounded out the champions for the Foxes with an 8-2 win over Irvington’s Chris DiNardo in the 220-pound final.

“He’s picked it up a little bit more on his feet and is doing more shooting,” Amuso said of Clune. “When he gets in on his shots he’s able to finish them pretty well.”

“He’s improved a lot since last year,” Speno said of Clune.

Mahopac finished in third place with 150.5 points and crowned two individual champions in Jake Srednicki and Mike Spinelli. Mike DiNardo, who was named most outstanding freshman, placed second at 106 pounds.

In the 138-pound championship match, Srednicki avenged an early season loss to Grippi and grinded out a hard-fought 14-7 win. He was named the tournament’s most outstanding senior.

“The first time they wrestled, Jake was getting in on the takedowns but he wasn’t able to finish,” Mahopac coach Dennis DiSanto said. “He got called for a stalemate I think three times. This time he got in and he finished and that was the difference in the match. I’m sure they’re going to meet again in sectionals.”

“They’re both good wrestlers so they’ve split so far,” Amuso said. “[Grippi’s] just got to pick it up another step and in two weeks we’ll see what happens.”

In the 195-pound final, Spinelli edged Center Moriches’ Ryan Lewis, 5-1. Spinelli also picked up his 100th career win.

“It’s good for him to wrestle better competition and go six minutes,” DiSanto said. “He gets so many pins. What Mike is doing is he’s using a lot of technique. He’s got brute strength and athletic ability, but it’s technique that comes out ahead.”

DiSanto was pleased with the overall team effort and is confident in his squad heading into divisionals next weekend.

“I think we wrestled really well,” said DiSanto, who is in his first season at Mahopac. “We had a lot of kids that wrestled back for third, fourth, fifth and sixth. We started this year off at 3-4 and have won our last 14 matches. Everybody has just come together and it’s been a great experience. Things are looking good going into divisionals.”

Yorktown placed fourth as a squad and crowned two individual champions in Jimmy Kaishian and Joe Mastro.

Mastro, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding junior, defeated Morreale, 7-1, in the 145-pound final.

“There were a couple shots that he took and I was able to capitalize off that,” Mastro said. “I got some go-behinds and scored six of my points there. I scored off bottom and then rode him out for the rest of the match to get the win. I wrestled him last year in the divisional finals and this match was pretty similar to that one. I just kept good position and didn’t give up my legs too much.”

At 120 pounds, Kaishian picked up a 7-1 win over Croton’s D.J. Frederich. Both Steven Sabella (170 pounds) and Thomas Murray (182) lost in double overtime in the finals.

“I think it was a pretty good performance,” Mastro said of Yorktown’s fourth-place finish. “In the finals we could have wrestled better. I think we’re going to be peaking at the right time.”

Hendrick Hudson senior Sean Barry edged Yorktown’s David Varian, 7-5, in the 285-pound championship match. The senior nearly had the pin in the first period, but was called for an illegal headlock. Barry had lost to Varian in overtime the last time they squared off.

“I had to be more aggressive,” said Barry, who placed second the last two years at Super 16. “Last week we went into triple overtime with each other and I lost on a clasping call in the third period. I didn’t want to get close to that again so I went right after him.

“I couldn’t take him lightly. I beat him earlier in the season quickly and I kind of underestimated him (in the previous match). I’m going to see him next week at divisionals and I’ll probably see him at the sectionals, so I’ve got to just keep going at him.”

Barry pinned Sleepy Hollow’s Frank Curnaj in just nine seconds in the semifinals. It was the fastest pin in the history of the Super 16 tournament. He also recorded a pin in nine seconds earlier in the season.

“I saw my favorite move and I hit,” said Barry, whose squad placed eighth. “I got lucky today, really. Frank Curnaj is a lot better and I think I just caught him off guard.”

Ossining’s Alex Delacruz, who was named most outstanding sophomore, scored a 17-1 technical fall win over Hen Hud’s Mark Grant in the 113-pound final. Ossining came in ninth place as a team.

Carmel’s Vince Pecora edged Westlake’s Edgar Solis, 10-7, in the 152-pound final.

1.Fox Lane, 221.5 points; 2. Center Moriches, 153; 3. Mahopac 150.5; 4. Yorktown, 138; 5. Valley Central, 121; 6. Croton, 90; 7. Sleepy Hollow, 74.5; 8. Hen Hud, 60; 9. Ossining, 56.5; 10. Carmel, 56; 11. Harrison, 45; 12. Ardsley, 40; 13. Westlake, 31; 14. Yonkers, 28; 15. Irvington, 22; 15. Irvington, 22; 16. White Plains, 19; 17. Mt. Vernon, 6

99 – Brandon Fay (Fox Lane) tech. fall Andrew Barsuch (Croton), 18-3
106 – Mike Menzer (Center Moriches) pin Mike DiNardo (Mahopac), 3:53
113 – Alex Delacruz (Ossining) tech. fall Mark Grant (Hen Hud), 17-1
120 – Jimmy Kaishian (Yorktown) dec. D.J. Frederich (Croton), 7-2
126 – Sam Speno (Fox Lane) dec. Drew Longo (Ardsley), 10-3
132 – Danny Ventura (Fox Lane) maj. dec. Edwin Jiminez (Sleepy Hollow), 11-3
138 – Jake Srednicki (Mahopac) dec. Tommy Grippi (Fox Lane), 14-7
145 – Joe Mastro (Yorktown) dec. Giancarlo Morreale (Fox Lane), 7-1
152 – Vince Pecora (Carmel) dec. Edgar Solis (Westlake), 10-7
160 – Matt Pasqualini (Fox Lane) maj. dec. Travis Baskerville (Center Moriches), 14-1
170 – Mario Mayen (Center Moriches) dec. Steven Sabella, 7-4 (2OT)
182 – Bilal Hasan (Valley Central) dec. Thomas Murray (Yorktown), 4-3 (2OT)
195 – Mike Spinelli (Mahopac) dec. Ryan Lewis (Center Moriches), 5-1
220 – Dan Clune (Fox Lane) dec. Chris DiNardo (Irvington), 8-2
285 – Sean Barry (Hen Hud) dec. David Varian (Yorktown), 7-5

99 – Matt Engert (Fox Lane) dec. Joe Frezza (Mahopac), 5-4
106 – Gabe Campbell (Valley Central) dec. Jack Wagner (Hen Hud), 7-4
113 – Frank Surace (Fox Lane) dec. Stephen Samalsky (Ardsley), 9-2
120 – Ben Ettlinger (Fox Lane) dec. Joe Maida (Harrison), 2-0
126 – Mike Camastro (Mahopac) pin Gavin Menchel (Harrison), 3:50
132 – David Occhipinti (Croton) dec. Kyle Santucci (Yorktown), 9-2
138 – Max Bachmeier (Mahopac) dec. Ibrahim Simreen (Yonkers), 14-9
145 – Chris Pecora (Carmel) maj. dec. Scott Dunkirk (Center Moriches), 9-0
152 – Justin Smith (Valley Central) pin Servando Rodriguez (Yonkers), 2:53
160 – Aaron Gallagher (Mahopac) dec. Devante Harrell (Ossining), 7-0
170 – Matt Porter (Valley Central) inj. def. Ryan Morin (Carmel)
182 – A.J. Alverez (Carmel) maj. dec. Leo McCarthy (Ossining), 13-5
195 – Trent Lofaro (Ossining) dec. Chris Kraft (Croton), 4-2
220 – Ray Strebel (Center Moriches) pin Cesar Cantori (White Plains), 3:41
285 – Frank Curnaj (Sleepy Hollow) pin Andriy Lypchuk (Fox Lane), :47


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