BY MICHAEL GIUSETTI
Students from nine private schools crowded the Martin Luther School gymnasium to take part in a PSAA-run invitational wrestling tournament last Saturday. This competition had 15 weight classes and featured both bracket and round robin style contests.
Coach Mike Toro of the host school, Martin Luther School, thought the 2017 Invitational was a big success. “The tournament went great overall. The kids wrestled hard and had fun. It was a great experience for all,” he said.
In the 101-pound weight class, Peter Anagnostopoulos of Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, won the three-man round robin by earning two victories and no losses. Long Island Lutheran also captured the 108-pound weight class as Peter Casey earned three wins in a round robin pool of four.
The 115-pound class featured only two wrestlers in a best of three competition. Dennis Lin of Trinity High triumphed after two no-contests and a victory.
In the bracket-style, 122-pound weight class competition, Wael Alzokari of Queens Complex High School in Far Rockaway, prevailed and Antonio Herreros of Info Tech took second place.
The 128-pound class was a four-man round robin. Elliot Galvis of Trinity took the victory, while Steven Zgajardic of Queens Complex followed in second.
Six schools had wrestlers competing in the 134-pound competition. Zach Love of Dalton won the bracket and Garrett Basso, also from Dalton, earned second place.
Storm King School wrestler Sebastian Zucker was the champion of the 140-pound weight class and Ben Rapport finished second.
The 147-pound division featured wrestlers from eight schools. Queens Vocational wrestler Angelo Sinchi captured the win and Queens Complex’s Jose Marin came in second.
The 154-pound weight class also had eight wrestlers in the bracket. Steven Andryc of Trinity and Charles Peltier of Dalton took first and second, respectively. Henry Firestone of Dalton won the 154A-weight class and Cuahuttemoc Cedemanos of Queens Vocational reached second.
Dalton continued its great day as Casey Schneider won the 162-pound class. Justin Tabala of hosting Martin Luther came in second.
The 172-pound weight class was a four -man round robin. Richard Martinez of Queens Vocational took first place and Fred Cunningham went 2-1 to earn second place.
Julien Loo of Dalton won the 184-pound class and Josh Omolade of Trinity earned second in a bracket that featured seven schools.
In the 197-pound weight class, a three-man round robin, the skilled wrestling of Dalton’s Ellie Farah took the top slot, followed by Trinity’s Sam Dubner.
The 222-pound class was also a three-man round robin. Walter Oro of Queens Complex won the weight class, just ahead of Simon Rhodes of Dalton.
Manhattan’s Dalton High School won the day as they earned an impressive 176 points, followed by Trinity at 148 and Queens Vocational at 92. Rich Martinez of Queens Vocational And Technical High School, recorded the most pins in the least amount of time (3 pins/3:10) and Casey Schneider of Dalton High School was the most outstanding wrestler.
The next scheduled tournament is the Eastern States Wrestling classic and takes place Jan. 13-14.