The Hampton Bays wrestling team split its four matches at its host Doc Fallot Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
The Baymen defeated the Westhampton Beach ‘B’ team, 40-38, and defeated Long Island Lutheran, 57-24. They lost, 64-24, to Centereach and lost to Miller Place as well. A score was not provided for the Miller Place match.
Hampton Bays head coach Rafael Lievano said the tournament went well and that the most important thing was that many of his young wrestlers were able to get a good amount of experience.
“Overall, everybody wrestled well,” he said. “Every time our guys get on the mat, because we have so many young guys on the team, they all pick up on something.
“This is a different type of tournament,” Lievano continued. “In most tournaments, you lose a match and you’re out of the whole tournament. Here, it’s more of an exhibition style so everyone gets to wrestle and they get their time on the mat. That’s what our team lacks: experience. So it was good to get them that.”
Hampton Bays senior captains Eddie Perez (220 pounds) and Kevin Giron (195) both went 4-0 throughout the tournament, which includes two matches won by forfeit for each wrestler. But the matches they did wrestle in they performed well. Giron pinned Long Island Lutheran’s Vinny Moterelli in 1:18 and Centereach’s Anthony Bellosparito in 4:37. Perez pinned Centereach’s Christopher Bazata in 1:31.
Anthony Mora (126) went 3-1 throughout the tournament. He pinned Vinny DeMartino of Long Island Lutheran in 1:15 and defeated Nick Brown of Westhampton Beach in a 19-6 major decision.
Out of all of his younger wrestlers, Lievano was most impressed with John Nolan, an eighth grader. Nolan’s best match of the day came against Oliver Batcheller of Westhampton Beach. The two wrestled to a 9-9 tie after three periods so they went to overtime. About a minute into overtime, Nolan turned Batcheller for some near fall points to automatically win the match.
“He just wants to wrestle. He doesn’t care what weight class he’s in,” Lievano said of Nolan. “He’s up on varsity to fit into a spot. He’s wrestled at 152 for us. I’m not sure where his weight is going to be by the end of the season but he’s definitely looking for a spot on the team.”
Senior Cody Nolan, John’s older a brother, missed Saturday’s tournament due to an undisclosed injury.ON THE SCHEDULE: Thursday, 1/3, vs. Mattituck, 4 p.m.