Trailing Monroe-Woodbury 39-30 heading into the final two matches, it looked like Fox Lane’s run as champions of the Carlucci Wrestling Tournament was going to come to an end.
But 120-pound sophomore Ben Ettlinger earned a 6-2 decision over Alex Baum. Then 126-pound freshman Frank Surace scored a dramatic pin of Kris Maietta at 5:20 to tie the score at 39-39. The tiebreaker came down to total wins, where the Foxes held an 8-7 edge so they won the match and advanced to the championship round.
Fox Lane finished the job and defeated Somers 49-25 in the first-place match of the 36th annual Tony Carlucci Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at SUNY Purchase. The Foxes won the tournament for the third-straight year.
“It’s a great way to start the season off,” said Fox Lane coach Joe Amuso, whose team defeated Monroe-Woodbury in the finals the previous two years. “There’s good competition and very good teams here.”
The Foxes, who are the defending Section 1 Division 1 champions, won four out of the first five matches against Somers to race out to a 19-6 lead. Senior Danny Ventura started it off at 138 pounds with an 18-7 major decision. Junior Tom Grippi (145) and senior Matt Pasqualini (170) won by pin, while senior Giancarlo Morreale scored a 16-10 decision over Mark Lasar.
“Our more experienced wrestlers, who need to do the job each time, did their work,” Amuso said. “Frank Surace had a really nice day. Overall, I think everybody did as well as you can expect.”
Somers came to life in the higher weights. Seniors Jason DiBenedetto (182) and Nick Giancaspro (195) scored victories by pin. Then senior Dom DeVita netted a 6-1 decision over Dan Clune at 220 pounds to give the Tuskers a 21-19 lead.
The momentum quickly shifted back to Fox Lane. Senior heavyweight Andriy Lypchuk pinned Somers’ Anthony Campanelli at 3:21.
“[Lypchuk] turned it around for our team,” Amuso said. “With those big guys, one move can make a match go one way.”
Somers had to forfeit the next two matches at 99 and 106 pounds. They fell in a pretty big hole at 37-21.
“We don’t have a 99 or a 106 so that’s going to hurt us during the year,” Somers coach William Von Tobel said. “We’re very good throughout the lineup so hopefully we can overcome that. But when you’re wrestling a team just as good as you and you’re giving up 12 (points) it’s kind of hard.”
Then at 113 pounds, Fox Lane senior Warren Gabrillo edged Luke Roediger 8-4. The 21-point swing gave the Foxes a commanding 40-21 lead and sealed the match.
Surace, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Freshman, earned a 13-6 decision over Anthony DiMauro at 126 pounds. Brandon Fay (99), Nick Engert (106) and Sam Speno (132) each won by forfeit for the Foxes.
Ventura, a state finalist at 119 pounds last season, was content with the team winning the tournament, but expected more out of himself.
“I wasn’t too satisfied with my performance,” he said. “I wanted to dominate more and just pin everyone and that didn’t happen.”
The senior pointed out some teammates that impressed him.
“Nick Engert wrestled really well,” Ventura said of the 106-pound grappler. “Matt Engert, I was surprised at how well he did. Pasqualini, he pinned his way through the tournament, which didn’t really surprise me.”
Somers’ Brian Realbuto, a two-time state champion, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Senior. He pinned Fox Lane’s Andrew Caico in just 58 seconds in the finals and finished the tournament 6-0.
“Brian is just on a different level,” Von Tobel said.
Dylan Realbuto also netted a 17-6 major decision over Ben Ettlinger in the championship.
Overall, Von Tobel was pleased with the performance.
“It was good to see the kids wrestle for the first time,” said Von Tobel, who is in his first season with Somers after Dennis DiSanto stepped down after 27 years with the Tuskers. “We’re very good, but we still have some work to do. We’re very good at certain things, but certain things we’re not. We’ve got to get back some basics and I think that’ll solidify the rest of the season.”
Monroe-Woodbury finished in third place by defeating Scarsdale, 51-24. Jamie Panuto, Alex Baum, A.J. Voelker, Rob Kelly and Jorge Vasco each won by pin for the Crusaders.
Kelly was named Most Outstanding Sophomore, while Voelker earned Most Outstanding Junior. Both finished 6-0 and Kelly had four pins.
“Kelly is just an awesome kid,” Crusaders coach Steve Fischbein said. “He’s a sophomore wrestling at 195 where he’s mainly going against juniors and seniors. He’s an incredible athlete and has the potential to be scary good. A.J. was very solid. He won all his matches by pin or major decision.”
Fischbein was very happy with how the tournament was run.
“This is our third year here and it’s a fantastic tournament to begin the season on. It’s done first class,” he said. “We get great competition. This is the third year in a row we’ve had great matches with Fox Lane. This year it came down to a tiebreaker.”
For fourth-place Scarsdale, John Tambunting, Daniel Jureller, Joe Koshakow, Jack Braun and Jacob Berkowitz scored wins against Monroe-Woodbury.
Port Chester finished in fifth place with a 40-39 win over Edgemont. The Rams trailed 40-34 heading into the final match. Osvin Velazquez came through with a pin of Marc Ficuciello in the 132-pound match at 5:19. Edgemont was then penalized a point because a wrestler threw his head gear, giving Port Chester the win.
Iona Prep topped Mamaroneck 48-34 in the seventh-place match. Croton-Harmon defeated Eastchester 52-30 to take ninth place.
1. Fox Lane (6-0 record)
2. Somers (5-1)
3. Monroe-Woodbury (5-1)
4. Scarsdale (4-2)
5. Port Chester (4-2)
6. Edgemont (3-3)
7. Iona Prep (3-3)
8. Mamaroneck (2-4)
9. Croton-Harmon (2-4)
10. Eastchester (1-5)
First-place match: Fox Lane 49, Somers 25
99 – Brandon Fay (FL) won by forfeit
106 – Nick Engert (FL) won by forfeit
113 – Warren Gabrillo (FL) won by 8-4 decision over Luke Roediger (S)
120 – Dylan Realbuto (S) won by 17-6 maj. decision over Ben Ettlinger (FL)
126 – Frank Surace (FL) won by 13-6 decision over Anthony DiMauro (S)
132 – Sam Speno (FL) won by forfeit
138 – Danny Ventura (FL) won by 18-7 majority decision over Larry Courtien (S)
145 – Tom Grippi (FL) won by pin (1:58) over Joe Stanton (S)
152 – Brian Realbuto (S) won by pin (0:58) over Andrew Caico (FL)
160 – Giancarlo Morreale (FL) won by 16-10 decision over Mark Lasar (S)
170 – Matthew Pasqualini (FL) won by pin (2:14) over Angelo Revel (S)
182 – Jason DiBenedetto won by pin (3:30) over Ryan Boddie (FL)
195 – Nick Giancaspro (S) won by pin (1:43) over Alexander Karaqi (FL)
220 – Dom DeVita (S) won by 6-1 decision over Dan Clune (FL)
285 – Andriy Lypchuk (FL) won by pin (3:21) over Anthony Campanelli (S)
Third-place match: Monroe-Woodbury 51, Scarsdale 24
99 – Evan Barczak (MW) won by forfeit
106 – Jamie Panuto (MW) won by pin (1:53) over Robert Keltz (SC)
113 – Mike Hodges (SC) won by 11-5 decision over PJ Smoot (MW)
120 – Alex Baum (MW) won by pin (1:59) over Daniel Kestenbaum (SC)
126 – Daniel Jureller (SC) won by 16-4 maj. decision over Brandon Lewis (MW)
132 – John Tambunting (SC) won by pin (0:18) over Devon Greenhill (MW)
138 – Tom Murphy (MW) won by forfeit
145 – Joe Koshakow (SC) won by 16-4 maj. decision over Tom Curley (MW)
152 – Drake Barczak (MW) won by 3-1 decision over Brian Hackel (SC)
160 – AJ Voelker (MW) won by pin (3:50) over Jacob Feingold (SC)
170 – Jack Braun (SC) won by 11-4 decision over Anthony Milano (MW)
182 – Jacob Berkowitz (SC) won by 17-7 maj. decision over Neil Seth (MW)
195 – Rob Kelly (MW) won by pin (0:56) over Keith Martinez (SC)
220 – Jorge Vasco (MW) won by pin (0:50) over George Bobolatis (SC)
285 – Sean Esklidsen (MW) won by forfeit
Fifth-place match: Port Chester 40, Edgemont 39
99 – Kevin Rodriguez (PC) won by pin (1:07) over Tyler Aslanian (EDG)
106 – Skylar Korek (EDG) won by 9-0 decision over Alfredo Zavala (PC)
113 – Trey Aslanian (EDG) won by pin (1:03) over Ricky Soto (PC)
120 – Max Abramsky (EDG) won by pin (4:27) over Joey Rodriguez (PC)
126 – Diego Giron (PC) won by 19-8 decision over Will Graybeal (EDG)
132 – Osvin Velasquez (PC) won by pin (5:19) over Marc Ficuciello (EDG)
138 – Peter Berman (EDG) won by pin (3:24) over Odell Alexander (PC)
145 – Jack McCormack (EDG) won by 3-2 decision over John Guido (PC)
152 – Justin Karas (PC) won by pin (3:40) over Ross Kantor (EDG)
160 – Gerardo Garcia (PC) won by forfeit
170 – Jason Worobow (EDG) won by 9-6 decision over Marcelo Urquiza (PC)
182 – Chris Kim (EDG) won by pin (1:50) over Chris Mott (PC)
195 – George Leyva (PC) won by forfeit
220 – Daniel Kornberg (EDG) won by pin (2:27) over Cristian Zamano (PC)
285 – Isac Cardenas (PC) won by forfeit
Seventh-place match: Iona Prep 48, Mamaroneck 34
99 – Matt Fay (IP) won by forfeit
106 – Joe Angilletta (M) won by pin (3:29) over John Hanabergh (IP)
113 – Max Valera (M) won by pin (0:40) over Gianni Perez (IP)
120 – Steven Fabiano (M) won by pin (1:20) over Brandon Saiz (IP)
126 – Troy Whittemore (M) won by 9-1 maj. decision over MJ Dell'Aera (IP)
132 – Connor Mullins (IP) won by pin over Matthieu Ortiz (M)
138 – Sean Mullins (IP) won by forfeit
145 – Connor Ready (IP) won by 8-2 decision over Luka Pavicic (M)
152 – Ben Miller (M) won by pin (3:29) over Chris Elmes (IP)
160 – Dion Duran (M) won by pin (1:22) over Chris Armentano (IP)
170 – Brian Anderson (IP) won by pin (1:31) over Julio Garcia-Ortiz (M)
182 – Dominick Celli (IP) won by 4-3 decision over Youssif Hemida (M)
195 – Bobby Azzari (IP) won by forfeit
220 – Anthony Caliendo (IP) won by forfeit
285 – Connor Gallin (IP) won by forfeit
Ninth-place match: Croton-Harmon 52, Eastchester 30
99 – Andrew Barsuch (CR) won by pin (1:29) over Stephen Fahy (E)
106 – Michael Motta (CR) won by forfeit
113 – Philip Capriglione (E) won by pin (1:26) over Tommy Schultz (CR)
120 – DJ Frederich (CR) won by forfeit
126 – Dan Guido (CR) won by 9-0 maj. decision over Nunzio Crowley (E)
132 – Gianfranco Mahalik (E) won by forfeit
138 – John Martin (CR) won by pin over Jon Disanto (E)
145 – Andrew Horan (CR) won by pin (3:36) over Giancarlo Mahalik (E)
152 – Dave Fair (E) won by pin (1:45) over Eli Greenstein (CR)
160 – Kosta Alekanov (E) won by pin (0:53) over Devin Lewis (CR)
170 – Sam Goldsmith (CR) won by forfeit
182 – Nick Todino (E) won by pin (0:13) over Matt Seputro (CR)
195 – Double forfeit
220 – Chris Kraft (CR) won by pin (2:55) over Blaise Ridulfo (E)
285 – Alek Pavloff (CR) won by pin (2:24) over Casey Lutz (E)
Round-by round results
Round 1: Edgemont 46, Iona Prep 33; Monroe-Woodbury 76, Harrison 11; Fox Lane 76, Croton 6; Mamaroneck 49, Eastchester 36; Scarsdale 43, Port Chester 30
Round 2: Monroe-Woodbury 60, Iona Prep 15; Fox Lane 66, Edgemont 12; Croton 60, Harrison 24; Somers 74, Eastchester 6; Port Chester 78, Westlake 10
Round 3: Edgemont 51, Harrison 16; Monroe-Woodbury 72, Croton 12; Port Chester 57, Eastchester 27; Somers 57, Mamaroneck 18; Scarsdale 63, Westlake 12
Round 4: Fox Lane 64, Iona Prep 18; Edgemont 45, Croton 39; Scarsdale 63, Eastchester 10; Mamaroneck 43, Westlake 18; Somers 63, Port Chester 19
Round 5: Iona Prep 39, Croton 36, Monroe-Woodbury 60, Edgemont 14, Fox Lane 79, Harrison 3; Scarsdale 52, Mamaroneck 21; Somers 69, Westlake 10
Round 6: Iona Prep 60, Harrison 21; Fox Lane 40, Monroe-Woodbury 39; Eastchester 39, Westlake 27; Port Chester 44, Mamaroneck 24; Somers 42, Scarsdale 29
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