The Hampton Bays wrestling team dropped both of its dual meets last week—a 54-28 decision at Babylon on January 16 and a 43-30 loss at home to Center Moriches on Friday—but neither is a good indicator of how well the Baymen have been wrestling this season.
In both meets the Baymen were forced to forfeit a number of matches. Hampton Bays forfeited four matches to the Panthers alone, essentially giving them 24 points. Of the 11 matches that were wrestled, the Baymen won five of them.
Hampton Bays senior captains Kevin Giron (195 pounds) and Eddie Perez (220) both won their matches by pin while sophomore Shawn Bowen (113), junior Anthony Mora (120) and freshman Travis Flynn (132) all won their matches by decision. Cody Nolan (182 pounds) and 126-pounder Victor Alamo both lost close matches.
Alamo was on the wrong end of a 6-5 decision and Nolan faced returning county champion Brian Loskamp and wound up getting pinned in the second round. Nolan jumped two weight classes in the offseason to 182 pounds and is still getting his bearings straight at his new weight. Hampton Bays head coach Rafael Lievano said Loskamp is now viewed by some as the top wrestler at 182 pounds, with Nolan being ranked in the top three.
Heading into the final two rounds against Center Moriches, Hampton Bays needed two wins to snag the victory away from the Red Devils. Flynn dropped a tight 7-5 decision to Andrea Indemaio though and Bayman Ralph Oswald (138) fell 7-3 to Stephen Maltz.
Hampton Bays suffered two key losses at 195 and 220 pounds, where Giron and Perez, respectively, usually secure wins. Giron dropped a 7-5 decision to Will Hamilton and Perez lost in a major decision to Ryan Lewis.
“Kevin and Eddie, they’re usually good for wins, but they had two tough matches,” Lievano said. “They wrestle tough in every match they’re in, so you just have to give it up to the Center Moriches wrestlers. They did a good job.”
John and Cody Nolan both picked up victories for Hampton Bays, as did Erik Ramirez, Lucas Kraus, Mora and Alamo.
Hampton Bays traveled to St. John The Baptist for a tournament on Saturday and finished third overall. It is the second straight tournament in which the Baymen have finished third, having done so at the Long Island Lutheran tournament two weeks earlier.
Both Cody Nolan and Giron won the tournament at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively. Perez (220), Bowen (113) and Alamo (120) all placed second. Sophomore Kevin Lainez and Flynn placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 132-pound weight class. And Ramirez placed third at 220 pounds.
Perez once again faced off against Southampton’s Rafal Rokosz and lost 6-3. Ramirez, who had won his first three matches of the tournament by pin, was pinned by Rokosz in the semifinals. Alamo also pinned his first three opponents of the tournament before being pinned in the finals.
Lainez and Flynn were scheduled to meet up in the semifinals, but a state rule forbids athletes from wrestling more than five matches in a single day. As a result, Flynn had to concede the match. “It would have been fun to see Kevin and Travis wrestle,” Lievano said.
He added that he’s enjoyed watching Lainez improve throughout the season. “He’s a sophomore, but a first-year wrestler, and he was a big surprise over the weekend,” he said. “I’m very proud of the way he wrestled.”