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Dec 4, 2017 4:00 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Season Preview: Piscitello Working On Rebuilding East Hampton Wrestling Program

Dec 5, 2017 9:51 AM

Second-year head coach Anthony Piscitello is hoping that a full offseason as head coach of the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton/Ross wrestling team will help give a big boost to the team after a bit of a down year last season.

The Bonackers were unable to qualify any wrestlers for the League VI Championships last season but Piscitello is hoping to change that this season.

“I was able to have a much more intense preseason regimen with the team because I was already established with the guys and could orchestrate a practice schedule,” he explained. “We do have a bunch of student-athletes that are new to the sport, so it’s my goal to retain as many of them as possible and help them progress every practice and after every match. There are some guys that I think could do really well this year and make a splash and help put East Hampton wrestling back on the map.”

Andreas Koutsogiannis, who will be competing in the 195-pound weight class, is returning for his second season and Piscitello thinks the senior is poised for a successful season. Senior Michael Pulido (126) and junior Cole Shaw (132/126) are returning to the team, and eighth-graders Santiago Maya (99) and Caleb Peralta (126/132) have been called up from the junior varsity. Maya and Piscitello, shouldn’t have any issue making the starting lineup, while Peralta could find himself in some varsity tournaments this season. Charlie Ditullio (145), a senior, is returning to the team after taking the past few seasons off, and Albert Darchiev, a senior from the Ross School who is a native of Russia, is also expected to provide a nice spark to the program at 220 pounds.

The addition of Ross to the enrollment of the team has pushed it up to League V from League VI. Piscitello said that could prove to be beneficial since League VI is filled with competitive wrestlers at every weight class. That doesn’t mean, he said, that League V will be easy, but it should make things more manageable for his team.

“Both leagues are incredibly talented, but that’s the way it is wrestling in Suffolk County, there are no easy leagues,” he said. “League V will still be very challenging, but hopefully will have a few more soft spots to get through leagues and into the county tournament.”

East Hampton will host its annual Sprig Gardner Tournament this Saturday, December 9. Bayport/Blue Point, Longwood, Sachem North, Southampton, Ward Melville and Westhampton Beach are all sending teams to compete.

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