Going into the match with Bellport, the Eastport South Manor wrestling team knew it was in a 30-0 hole before a single bout was wrestled, however, the Sharks made the most of the bouts that were wrestled, winning five of eight, four by pin, to edge Bellport, 41-39, on January 16 on the road.
Bellport’s Alex Labranche opened the match with a 5-0 decision against Joe Zarcone at 220 pounds but then the Sharks rolled off five straight victories.
Shark Sal Castellano needed just 1:37 to pin Zach Gentzell at 285 pounds and then John Busiello pinned Austin Gross in 3:38 at 99 pounds and Nick Garone scored six points at 106 with a pin of Malcolm Harris in 2:34.
Jimmy Leach pinned J’Shawn Rollins at 126 in 3:02 while Travis Passaro rolled to a 15-0 technical fall decision at 132 pounds after just two periods of wrestling.
ESM Falls To Blue Devils
ESM followed the scratch-and-claw victory over the Clippers with a 62-17 drubbing by Huntington at home on Friday to move to 2-3 in League V while Huntington moved to 4-1.
The match featured two bouts with county ranking implications, one favoring the Sharks, one the Blue Devils.
As of January 7, ESM’s John Busiello was ranked third in the county in Division I at 99 pounds, behind Huntington’s John Arceri. The next time the rankings come out, things may look a little different as Busiello pinned Arceri in 3:44 on Friday night.
The rankings at 126 will also be affected in the coming weeks as ESM’s Jimmy Leach, who was ranked third, was stuck by sixth-ranked Corey Jamison in 1:52.
In addition to Busiello’s win at 99 pounds, ESM’s only other win came when Passaro earned a technical fall decision at 120 pounds.
Huntington forfeited at 106 to bring ESM’s total to 17.ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 1/23, vs. Sayville, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 1/25, vs. Islip, 4 p.m.