Wrestling Teams Are Pushing Potential

Gordon M. Grant

Nick Pacheco and River Orlando led Hampton Bays to its first dual meet win of the season.

The Baymen (1-3 overall, 1-1 League VII) pinned their January 8 Bayport-Blue Point opponents during a 54-23 bounce-back win. The team suffered its own 51-25 before-the-break loss to Elwood-John Glenn.

Orlando pinned the Phantoms’ 138-pound challenger Jack Brzozinski in one minute, 51 seconds, and Pacheco, at 126, pinned James Jones at 4:02.

Although Bayport-Blue Point had to forfeit in six slots — five the upper-most weight classes — the Baymen came away with a few other big wins. Willy Kraus (145 pounds) tackled a 21-6 technical fall over Josh Stumpf, Dakota Thompson (152) finished with an 8-0 major decision over Luke Olsen, and Alex Velasquez (160) edged TJ Spano with a 9-8 decision. Angel Peralta (106) came close in his match, but ended up on the losing side of a 4-3 decision.

Bayport-Blue Point’s Joe Sparacio (120) pinned his opponent at 5:31, Max Gallagher (113) ended up with a 19-2 technical fall, and Colin Gallagher (132) a major decision.

Westhampton Comes Close

Westhampton Beach almost reined in its first win of the season.

The Hurricanes (0-4 League VI) fell 39-33 to Kings Park January 8.

Ian Recchion, at 138 pounds, came away with Westhampton’s only pin, taking down Aiden Franzone at 3:24.

Gavin McIntyre (145 pounds) turned out a 15-0 technical fall over Jack Bruetsch, James O’Neill (152) a 15-2 major decision over Michael Molina, Jason Montagna (126) a 4-1 decision over Vincent Stazzone, and Jackson Hulse (170) a 4-2 decision over Kiernan Derway.

Kings Park forfeited two matches to Westhampton’s one.

East Hampton Does, Too

The Bonackers fell on the losing side of a 48-33 matchup against Eastport-South Manor January 8.

The team (1-3 in League V), comprised of students from East Hampton, Bridgehampton, and Pierson high schools, came away with points from Nicholas Lombardo, Santiago Maya, and Brahian Usma. Each team had to forfeit three matches.

Lombardo, at 195 pounds, immediately pinned Eastport-South Manor’s Brian Insogna; Maya, at 113, secured a 16-1 technical fall over Troy Fiume; and Usma, at 152, came away with a 17-8 major decision over Justin Rathje.

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