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Horace Greeley Qualifies Eight for Sectionals

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – One of Horace Greeley’s team goals going into the 2011-12 high school wrestling season was to increase the number of sectional qualifiers.

Last year, the Quakers had three wrestlers compete in the Section 1 Large School Wrestling Championships/New York State Qualifier. They were hoping to at least double that number.

The Quakers achieved this goal Saturday as eight wrestlers advanced to the 2012 Section 1 Large School Wrestling Championships/New York State Qualifier that will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12.

The first day of wrestling will be held at Clarkstown South High School, beginning 9 a.m.  Wrestling will resume with the semifinals Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Goldstein Center on the campus of Pace University in Pleasantville. The finals are scheduled for 4 p.m.

The first four wrestlers in each weight class moved on.

Brent Lobien was Greeley’s lone champion, winning the 285-pound title with a 12-4 major decision over North Rockland’s Connor Reigotti.

“We are very happy and it definitely shows progress, especially with only one senior in the group,” Horace Greeley coach Mike DeBellis said.

Scott Wymbs (195), Jon Russo (126) and Kirby Atlas (113) qualified for the second consecutive year. Wymbs and Russo were both finalists.

Wymbs suffered an injury in the semifinals, requiring stitches, against North Rockland’s Ekpenede Imasuen. DeBellis did not allow Wymbs to wrestle in the final. Russo dropped an 8-2 decision to North Rockland’s Matt Caputo.

“Lobien dominated his opponent in the finals and I felt Jon wrestled a good, tough match against Caputo,” DeBellis said.

Team key – Beacon (Be), Eastchester (E), Horace Greeley (HG), Mount Vernon (MV), New Rochelle (NR), North Rockland (NRK), Ossining (O), Scarsdale (Sc), Yonkers (Y)

Championship

99 -- Nick Barbaria (NR) technical fall over Derek DiMarsico (NRK), 10-3; 106 -- Blaise Benderoth (NRK) major dec. Bryan Ferrandi (NR), 13-0; 113 -- Alex De la Cruz (O) dec. Troy Feniger (NRK), 4-2; 120 -- Jake DiMarsico (NRK) won by forfeit over Jose Rodriguez (NRK); 126 -- Matt Caputo (NRK) dec. Jon Russo (HG), 8-2; 132 -- John Tambunting (Sc) dec. Max Gomez (NR), 5-0; 138 -- Christian Wassweiler (Be) pin. Joe Koshakow (Sc), 1:54; 145 -- Mike Caputo (NRK) pin. James Laurent (NR), 4:33; 152 -- Nick Didio (NRK) major dec. Andy Balcomb (O), 11-3; 160 -- Devonte Harrell (O) major dec. Jacob Lynch (NR), 14-0; 170 -- Aaron Butler (NR) dec. Jack Braun (Sc), 1-0; 182 -- Jacob Berkowitz (Sc) technical fall Ryan Boyle, 21-6; 195 -- Deondre Pierce (Be) won by forfeit over Scott Wymbs (HG); 220 -- Tyler Lilly (NR) pin. A.J. Cesarini (E), 1:51; 285 -- Brent Lobien (HG) major dec. Connor Reigotti (NRK), 12-4. Third place

99 -- Jordan Wallace (NR) major dec. Michael Carnevalle (O), 14-6; 106 -- Robby Keltz (Sc0 won by forfeit; 113 -- Mike Hodges (Sc) major dec. Kirby Atlas (HG), 8-0; 120 -- Rameek McKenzie (Y) dec. Bing Bing Xie (HG), 5-3; 126 -- Dan Jureller (Sc) dec. Santiago Forero (NR), 9-4; 132 -- Fred Saintill (MV) dec. Mitchell Klein (HG), 4-1; 138 -- Mike D’Agostino (NRK) major dec. Adam Meyer (Sc), 8-0; 145 -- Ibrahmin Simreen (Y) pin. Chen Shen (Sc), 3:49; 152 -- Brian Hackel (Sc) dec. Demetrius Rodrigues (NR), 10-4; 160 -- Daniel Poggoli (NR) won by forfeit over D.J. Dross (Be); 170 -- Brock Cvijanovich (HG) dec. Kurt Schwartz (NR), 3-2; 182 -- Mike Amato (Be) dec. Jonathan Stokes (NR), 2-1; 195 -- Ekpenede Imasuen (NRK) dec. Trent Lofaro (O), 7-3; 220 -- Frank Lezamiz (NRK) pin. Billy Cipriano (HG), 3:40; 285 -- Justin Douglas (NR) pin. Terry Hairston (Y), 1:59.

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