December 13, 2006
Wrestling Tournament Packed With Action
East Hampton's Conner Miller wrestled his way to the 152-pound championship at the Sprig Gardner Tournament last Saturday afternoon, leading the way for six Bonackers that placed in the annual event.
|Independent / James J. Mackin
Julius Anglickas, a tenth grader at Southampton High School, who was originally going to wrestle at 189 pounds, was bumped up to the 215 pound weight class and won anyway. (click for larger version)|
Local grapplers from East End schools took turns in the spotlight during the day-long event.
"Chris is a very sound wrestler," said East Hampton head coach Jim Stewart. "He is the team's leader and captain and he's the most experienced wrestler on the team." Miller, a senior, began his fifth year of varsity competition on Saturday. "Chris is a fierce competitor who puts in an inordinate amount of time training, practicing and competing," Stewart added. "He is always preparing to put forth his best effort and he's a really good person."
David Rubenstein placed third at 275 pounds, Jonathon Guambana was fourth at 171, Andrew Foglia took fifth at 169, Jake Terando finished sixth at 125 pounds and Dan Habe placed sixth at 140 pounds.
"The team wrestled very well and gained valuable experience," said Stewart. In a tournament that was dominated by Westhampton Beach, which placed no less than seven champions, the Mariners had six wrestlers place on Saturday. Julius Anglickas, a tenth grader, who was originally going to wrestle at 189 pounds for Southampton this season, was bumped up to 215 and it proved to be a smart move as he was crowned champion in the 215 class.
Anglickas, in only his second year of varsity wrestling, showed his coaches his potential on Saturday as he emerged as the lone champion representative although the Mariners saw both junior Neko Gettling (130 pounds) and senior Chris Fisher (160) place second in their respective classes.
"You can just tell that Chris is a natural leader on this team," remarked Southampton coach Ryan McCready. "His presence and attitude are both great and he looked very strong at the tournament. And Neko's one of the best overall wrestlers on our team. He has tremendous skill and great speed and I think he's going to do really well this year."
Other placers for the Mariners included junior Josh King (6th place finish at 112 pounds), junior Matt King (4th at 119) and senior Josh Dolson (5th at 145). Southampton finished fifth overall in the tournament.
"I was definitely happy with our team's performance," said McCready, in his first season as head wrestling coach. "They had some good teams there and we held our own."
This season, the Mariners' wrestling team includes senior Cliff Cirruzzo (152 pounds) along with sophomores David Begy (152-160). Papasequia Beullock (130), Alex Cesare (135), Adam Gravano (125), Eliza Morgan (119-125), Khomari Moses (171-189) and Erin Simmons (140).
"I think that we have a real good chance to have some all-county placers," McCready said. "We also have some potential Division II champions here. I have high hopes and I expect a lot from them. I think we're going to do well."
The Westhampton Beach wrestling team put forth an outstanding effort to take top honors at East Hampton's Sprig Gardner Tournament, placing seven individual champions. The Hurricanes Peter DeTore (96 pounds) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler and his teammate Scott Lagoumis recorded the most pins in the least amount of time, securing four pin-fall victories in 11:29.
Westhampton Beach High School champions included juniors Kyle Hubbard (135 pounds), Thomas Comoroda (130 pounds), Paul DiLandro (145 pounds) and Stephen Kobus (189 pounds) as well as senior Richard Mailand (160 pounds).