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Jan 8, 2018 3:22 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Hosts Successful Cory Hubbard Dual Meet Tournament

Ryan Darbyshire of Westhampton Beach takes down Nick Corredor of Hampton Bays and eventually pins him. DREW BUDD
Jan 8, 2018 3:41 PM

A snowstorm wasn’t going to cut short the Cory Hubbard Duals at Westhampton Beach High School for a second straight season.

Unlike last season when a storm came in and forced the annual dual-meet tournament to finish abruptly at noon, allowing each of the six schools in attendance to get only three matches instead of the usual four, a storm came in a few days early this year, leaving room for Saturday’s day-long event to run as smoothly as it usually does when weather isn’t a factor, much to the delight of Westhampton Beach head coach Paul Bass, who puts in a lot of time organizing it.

Westhampton Beach hosted neighbor Hampton Bays, East Hampton, a pair of teams from Patchogue/Medford, Bellport, Newfield and Sayville. Valley Stream North was also expected to be among the competition but pulled out the day before. The Hurricanes, a bit shorthanded due to injuries, went 3-1. They defeated Hampton Bays, Pat/Med’s ‘B’ team and Sayville, but lost a close match to Newfield, 47-34, for their only loss. Newfield went undefeated in its four matches and won the tournament.

“We actually should have won it, but when you’re giving away about 24 points in every match, there is no margin for error,” Bass said. “So there is a silver lining to it that everyone we had wrestle did really well, for the most part.”

A number of wrestlers went undefeated for Westhampton Beach, including Gavin McIntyre (106 pounds), Grant (99) and Tyler Skala (113), Jay Montagna (120) and Brandon White (126). Bass was extremely pleased with Cole Henke, who also went 4-0 while filling in for an injured Jackson Hulse at 145 pounds. Included in those four wins were two forfeits, but Henke also pinned Pat-Med’s Marc Anthony Pedrosa in 1:33 and won a 15-3 major decision over Newfield’s Anthony Bernstein.

Tate Buhl (170), Liam McIntyre (195) and Lucas Villareale (220) did not wrestle due to various injuries and ailments. Bass said it’s unfortunate where the injuries have occurred because at most weights, especially the lighter weights, the team goes three wrestlers deep.

“We had been lucky with the injury stuff, but now we have injures where I don’t have any backups. Most other weights we go two, three, four guys deep,” he explained. “All of the guys that were out probably could have wrestled but they’re banged up. At the beginning of January, with the postseason a few weeks away, as important as the Cory Hubbard Duals are, I just didn’t think it was a smart thing to have them wrestle. If it was the league championship or something they all would have been in there.”

Named the Hurricane Duals since its inception, Bass changed the name of the tournament to the Cory Hubbard Duals following the alumnus’s death on January 17, 2014, after he was hit by a car near the University of Maryland, where he attended college. The former All-County athlete eventually died from his injuries at 22 years old. Many coaches, parents, parents of alumni and alumni all went over to the Mill Roadhouse following the tournament and had a great time, Bass said.

East Hampton and Hamptons Bays were without a doubt the two smallest programs at the tournament on Saturday. Facing much larger schools, both head coaches were looking to get each of their wrestlers four matches to get them more experience.

Willy Kraus was named the MVP for Hampton Bays going 3-1 on the day. Jackson Perez wrestled down at 195 pounds—his weight from last season when he finished All-County—for the first time this season and went 2-2.

“The biggest thing for us is getting some experience out on the mat,” Hampton Bays head coach Mike Lloyd said. “Coach Bass’s tournament gives us a good mix of competition and affords us the opportunity to grow. Including dual meets like Westhampton Beach ensures the kids in my lineup are guaranteed four matches, something that can’t be said for most individual tournaments.”

East Hampton head coach Anthony Piscitello said that dual-meet tournaments, such as the Cory Hubbard Duals, allow his young and inexperienced wrestlers to get the experience of wrestling multiple matches in the same day, something they will have to do at postseason tournaments.

“It’s good to get the body conditioned to that sort of thing because that’s what is needed to succeed in the league and county tournament,” he said. “All of these matches are good stepping stones leading up to the leagues the first weekend in February. The season is coming to a close rather quickly, so it’s good to put the guys in as many uncomfortable situations as possible.

“Although we didn’t win any dual meets, we had a lot of guys doing good things and showing much improvement,” Piscitello continued. “There are still areas to improve on and we’ll continue to do that for the next couple of weeks in preparation for the matches that mean the most, the leagues.”

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