Arlington High School did not bring its whole team to Tuesday’s Section 1 Dual Meet Tournament, but the Admirals still advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinal round with a 42-36 win over Ossining at John Jay High School.
Arlington forfeited the four heaviest weight classes against Ossining and also in a 57-30 win over Carmel due to several Admirals having not participated in the requisite number of practices.
“We proved a statement that even with half our team gone, we could still be the best team here,” said Arlington 120-pounder Nick Tolli, who had a pair of pinfall wins. “It builds up everyone’s confidence. When you win, you feel good about yourself and you want to keep doing better.”
Other double winners for the Admirals were Dillon Sforza (126), Mike Chirasello (132), Jon Silveri (138), Mario Zeppetelli (145), Brandon Badger (152) and Mike Peterson (170/160).
“I really wasn’t sure what was going on,” said Arlington coach Fred Perry, who admitted a little uneasiness over giving away so many forfeit points. “I told them, ‘I think you guys are the best team in this quad. Go out there and prove it.’ They did. They wrestled extremely well.”
Tolli, Sforza and Badger each picked up pinfall wins. Badger said hard work and practice are the keys to Arlington’s success this season.
“We have a good coaching staff,” Badger said. “They push us hard.”
John Jay defeated Carmel 58-24 in the consolation match. Earlier, Ossining defeated John Jay 40-36. Patriots senior wrestler Dale White sat out the meet due to a back injury suffered in football season and said he will undergo an MRI next week.
Double winners for John Jay were Randy Earl (99), Jay Albis (113/106), Luke Minasi (138), Ron McCabe (145), Brett Perry (182) and Eric Wakefield (220).
“I was really expecting to win our first match,” John Jay coach Jamie Weaver said of his team’s tight loss to Ossining. “Overall, I think we bounced back nice in the second match and I think we got the jitters out.”
John Jay will host the Patriot Invitational on Friday and Saturday.