Four Southampton wrestlers finished in the top five in their respective weight classes at the Rick Hermann Tournament at Bellport High School on Saturday.
Once again, heavyweight standouts Rafal Rokosz (220 pounds) and Peter Strassfield (285) were untouchable, winning their weight classes for the second-straight weekend at a tournament. Rokosz was seeded third and beat Malik Miller of Patchogue/Medford in a 6-0 decision to take the title. Rokosz also pinned Carlos Rossy of Patchogue/Medford in 1:18 and pinned top seed Alex LaBranche of Bellport in 59 seconds on his way to the title.
Strassfield had a bye to the semifinals, where he pinned Syr-Myk Hale Moon of Patchogue/Medford in 23 seconds. In the finals, Strassfield pinned Christian Ohlenschlaeger of Harborfields in 1:10.
Strassfield and Rokosz weren’t the only placewinners for Southampton. Colby Lenahan took fifth at 126 pounds—he pinned Brendan Graziano of Sachem North in 36 seconds in the first round, then got pinned by J’Shawn Rollins of Bellport in 3:03 before coming back to beat Dan Henry of Mount Sinai, 8-4. In the next match, Lenahan beat Nick Segreti of Comsewogue, 11-7, to take fifth place. Lenahan will move down to the 120-pound weight class after Christmas, according to head coach Lester Ware, who said he liked what he saw from Lenahan on Saturday. “This was Colby’s best outing to date,” Ware said.
Roberson Coard, wrestling at 160 pounds, also finished fifth on the day. He had a first-round bye and then lost by a 15-0 technical fall to eventual runner-up Ryan Schall. Coard came back to beat Jaden Keeley of Patchogue/Medford in an 11-9 decision, and then beat Brian Hurley of Comsewogue with a pin in just 26 seconds to take fifth place. Ware said that Coard will drop down to 152 pounds after the Christmas break.
While no other wrestlers placed in the top five for Southampton, several others had good outings. Mitchell Pena (126) opened with a 40-second pin of Joe Ishmeh of Sachem North, before losing, 8-4, to eventual runner-up Laurence Paul of Mount Sinai. Pena will move down one weight class after the break as well.
At 160 pounds, Thomas Roughan opened with a pin in 1:33 over Jacob Wightman of Harborfields, before losing to the eventual third-place finisher.
At 113 pounds, Chris Osufsen started the tournament with a 7-3 win over third-seed Michael Robinson of Bellport, but eventually lost in the fifth-place match to second seed Ryan Pisano of Comsewogue, taking sixth overall. Osufsen will drop to 108 pounds after the break.
Elijah Hutchings, who performed well at the Sprig Gardner Tournament a weekend earlier, did not wrestle at Bellport because of a sore knee.
Ware said he was happy with his team’s effort at the tournament.
“All in all it was a fun outing for the Mariners with two champions and three other wrestlers breaking through for places,” he said. “I’m looking forward to our next outing at East Meadow where we will split the team between their varsity and JV tournaments.”ON THE SCHEDULE: Thursday, 12/27 and Friday, 12/28, at East Meadow tournament, 9 a.m.; Friday, 1/4, at Smithtown Christian, 4:30 p.m.