The Southampton wrestling team ended the regular season on a high note, beating Stony Brook, 45-30, in an exciting League VII dual meet at Southampton on Friday night to finish with a 2-6 record.
The key bout that night, according to head coach Lester Ware, was at 220 pounds, where Mariner Rafal Rokosz came up with a big 12-7 decision over Jake Harrington. Harrington is a talented wrestler who last season pinned Southampton’s current 285-pounder, Peter Strassfield, twice. Ware said that Stony Brook was counting on a win at that weight on Friday.
“Rafal just outclassed him,” Ware said. “[Stony Brook’s] strategy to win included Harrington pinning Rafal.”
Strassfield took the mat next and made quick work of Christopher Rudzitis, pinning him in just 30 seconds. Southampton also earned important wins at 145 and 152 pounds, the final bouts of the night, respectively. At 145, Thomas Roughan pinned Anthony Garone in 33 seconds, and at 152, Roberson Coard closed the match with a pin of Ray Maccio in just 17 seconds.
There was a flurry of forfeits by both teams in the match—both teams forfeited at 160 and 195, and Southampton won by forfeit at 182, 99, 113, and 120, while Stony Brook won by forfeit at 126.
Ware said that Roughan has been wrestling well lately, with three pins in his last three matches.
“He is peaking at the right time,” Ware said.
Ware said that Roughan’s development is indicative of what he says is a bright future for his entire team. Several teams in the league will lose a lot of seniors to graduation while Southampton will bring back almost its entire team.
Mariners Lose To Port Jeff
Before beating Stony Brook, Southampton lost, 58-21, at Port Jefferson on January 30. Southampton forfeited four weight classes that day (120, 126, 152, and 220), while Port Jeff forfeited at 195, to Rokosz. Roughan pinned Ernesti Rodriguez in 26 seconds at 145 pounds, Elijah
Hutchings pinned Luca Amarca in 39 seconds at 182 pounds, and Mitchell Pena beat Sterling Nenninger, 7-3, at 113 pounds for Southampton’s only wins.
Chris Osufsen, just returning from a broken finger that kept him off the mat for several weeks, lost a tough 8-6 decision to David Altamarino at 106 pounds. Strassfield lost a tough 6-4 decision to Kyle Fiske at 285 pounds, which likely cost him the top seed at the upcoming county tournament.
Mariners Look Ahead To Counties
After the Stony Brook win, Southampton turned its attention to the upcoming Division II county tournament, an all-day affair at Center Moriches High School this coming Saturday. Strassfield, the runner-up last year, was seeded second at 285 pounds, while Fiske, who beat him in the Port Jeff match, earned the top seed. Erik Ramirez of Hampton Bays, seeded sixth, beat Fiske during the regular season, showing that the weight is competitive. Kevin Giron of Hampton Bays will also compete at 285. He beat Strassfield for the title last year. Strassfield was the top-ranked wrestler in the weight until the loss to Fiske, but Ware said he believes Strassfield has an excellent chance to win the title.
“We know this, Peter is far improved over last season and smoking mad after that mental error cost him that match against Fiske,” he said.
Rokosz was seeded second at 220 pounds after going 26-4 in the regular season and has a good shot at a title as well. Coard was seeded fourth at 152, but has beaten the second, fifth, sixth and seventh seeds with pins this season. Elijah Hutchings was also seeded fourth at 195, and Ware said he could have a “breakout” weekend. Osufsen was seeded third at 106, and Ware said he has a chance to finish on the All-County podium. Pena (113) and Lenahan (120), who both finished 18-8 this year, are both seeded fifth in their weight classes and could also finish on the podium. Roughan is seeded fifth at 145 pounds, Pilaro is seeded sixth at 99, and Dom Arresta is seeded seventh at 138.
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