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Feb 6, 2018 10:06 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Andreas Koutsogiannis Is East Hampton Wrestling's First League Champion Since 2003

East Hampton's Brian Barrera battles with East Islip's Mark Shayew. DREW BUDD
Feb 6, 2018 10:06 AM

For the first time in 15 years, the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton/Ross wrestling team has a league champion.

East Hampton senior Andreas Koutsogiannis scored a sudden-victory takedown in overtime to defeat Comsewogue’s Angel Vargas, 6-4, winning the 195-pound weight class at the League V Championships at Comsewogue High School on Saturday. While there have been many East Hampton wrestlers the past 15 years that have placed at leagues and qualified for the Suffolk County Division I Championships, Koutsogiannis is the first wrestler to actually win a league title since Jerrell Walker accomplished the feat in 2003, according to head coach Anthony Piscitello.

Koutsogiannis will be the fourth seed at 195, according to Piscitello, at this weekend’s county tournament, which will begin this Saturday, February 10, and conclude the following day at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. He will be joined by Ross School senior Albert Darchiev, who qualified for counties by placing third at 285 pounds.

“I was truly floored by the effort of my big men,” Piscitello said. “They both wrestled very tough and made me extremely proud.

“All of the work that Andreas and I put in over the summertime really paid dividends,” he added. “He came off of a six-win season last year and is now heading into next week’s tournament with a 25-8 record.”

After pinning West Babylon’s Marlon Quintanilla in 14 seconds in the quarterfinals, Koutsogiannis defeated Hauppauge’s Nick Trentini, the second-seeded wrestler in the bracket, in a 6-4 decision to advance to the finals. Trentini went on to place third. Vargas, who Koutsogiannis defeated to win the league title, was the top-seeded wrestler in the tournament at 195.

Darchiev pinned Comsewogue’s Dan Short in 40 seconds to advance to the semifinals where he was in pinned in 3:43 by West Babylon’s Richard Aviles. Darchiev defeated Rodil Lima of Kings Park, 7-2, to place third. Piscitello said Darchiev will not be seeded in the county tournament since he didn’t win the league title and only the six league champions are seeded. But Piscitello said Darchiev is looking to pull off some upsets and get on the podium.

“I’m really pleased with sending two guys to the county tournament and am excited for these guys,” he said. “The future of Bonac wrestling looks very bright as well, so I’m happy to be here to guide these young men.”

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