There is one particular reason why Westhampton Beach head coach Paul Bass enjoys dual meet tournaments—the camaraderie.
In a sport that can tend to be individualistic, dual meet competition gives wrestlers a chance to focus on the team aspect of the support. That’s exactly what Bass saw from his Hurricanes on Saturday at the Yorktown Duals at Yorktown High School in lower upstate New York. The Hurricanes went 5-0 on the day, and Bass said it was a great team-bonding experience.
“We’re trying to bring this group of kids together,” he said. “They’ve worked very hard. We were ecstatic; we love the way they came together and supported each other.”
The Hurricanes earned a 51-27 win over Nassau County squad Glen Cove—the only other Long Island team in attendance—and also beat Lakeland Panas (55-19), Mahopac (45-33), Clarkstown North (63-18) and New Rochelle (50-30).
Sophomore Joey D’Agostino, junior Jason Montagna, and seniors Hunter Burling and Liam McIntyre all went 5-0 on the day. Sophomores Grant Skala and Jackson Hulse and senior Suraj Patel all went 4-1.
The camaraderie the Hurricanes built at the meet should help them as they go into what could be a season-defining week. They are scheduled to face two strong teams—Sayville and Islip—in their first League VI dual meets of the season. They are scheduled to host Sayville on December 12 at 4:30 p.m. and will visit Islip two days later for a 5:45 p.m. match. Over the weekend, Westhampton Beach’s second team wrestlers will go to nearby Hampton Bays to compete in the Doc Fallot Duals.