The non-league match between the East Hampton and Southampton wrestling teams was decided before the two teams even took to the mat on Friday night: The Bonackers forfeited eight weight classes to the Mariners’ three, giving Southampton a 54-24 victory.
Of the six bouts that were contested, though, there was some solid action. Each match not decided by forfeit resulted in a pin.
“The matches that were wrestled were very exciting,” Southampton head coach Lester Ware said. “All could have gone either way.”
Mariner Colby Gill and Bonacker Avery Martinsen had an explosive match at 138 pounds. With 10 seconds remaining in the match, Martinsen nearly had Gill pinned when Gill took Martinsen down and pinned him, stealing six points for the Mariners.
Bill Bockhaus at 120 pounds and Reagan Soledad at 195 pounds added pins for Southampton. Finn Hallissey at 132 pounds, Vincenzo Salsedo at 145 pounds, and Brandon Daige at 152 pounds all won their matches by pin for East Hampton.
"Our biggest issue is lack of depth," East Hampton first-year head coach Anthony Piscitello said. "It's tough for some of our guys to get match-ready by wrestling the same guys day in and day out, it's important to mix things up.
"We wrestled some good matches and we were able to finish them with good pins," he added.
Piscitello added that he plans on getting involved with the elementary and middle schools to work with students from the bottom up to start adding depth to the wrestling program.
East Hampton (0-4 League VI, 0-5 overall) and Southampton (0-2 League VII, 1-3 overall) each picked up league losses prior to Friday’s contest. The Bonackers lost, 90-0, at Shoreham/Wading River, while the Mariners lost, 51-36, at Hampton Bays, marking their fifth straight loss since 2013 to the Baymen. In that match, Derrick Espinosa stole a victory for Southampton at 182 pounds: Down, 7-1, heading into the final minute of his match against Bayman Jefferson Mendez, Espinosa was nearly pinned himself before he put a side headlock on Mendez, took him down and pinned him with 40 seconds remaining.
The Bonackers will host Islip on Wednesday, January 11, at 6:15 p.m. and also will host Westhampton Beach on Friday, January 13, also at 6:15 p.m. They will head to the Warrior Duals at Comsewogue High School on Saturday.
Southampton was slated to host Bayport/Blue Point on Wednesday and is scheduled to wrestle at Mount Sinai on Friday at 4:30 p.m.