For the sixth consecutive year, the Ossining wrestling team honored veterans from the Montrose VA Hospital. The Pride hosted a dual meet against rival Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday that was dedicated to supporting hospitalized veterans. The vets were greeted with Ossining T-shirts in front of a packed gym and had dinner with the team after the dual.
“The kids always look forward to it every year, and each year they want to do more,” Ossining coach Larry McRae said. “Some of the greatest stories that I have from the program have come from the dinner.”
The Headless Horsemen handed Ossining a 46-34 loss by effectively matching up with the strength of the Pride’s lineup in the heavier weight classes.
“We needed to do well in the upper weights, and we ended up doing better than I anticipated,” Sleepy Hollow coach Brian Tompkins said. “That’s where we were able to win it.”
Reigning section champ Alex Delacruz returned to Ossining’s lineup to pick up his 100th career victory after missing time with a sprained ankle, but his presence still wasn’t enough to outdo Sleepy Hollow. Edwin Jiminez (138 pounds) and Frank Curnaj (285 pounds) remain undefeated on the season for the Headless Horsemen.
More milestones: Along with Delacruz, a handful of other wrestlers have recently achieved personal milestones. Ardsley senior Drew Longo won his 150th career match at the Mahopac Dual Meet tournament on Saturday, while Brewster junior Liam Erickson reached the 100-win mark at the same tourney. Three Rockland county wrestlers also picked up their 100th wins early in the season. Clarkstown North senior Colby Kash, Suffern senior Alex Oliveto and Clarkstown South senior Brian McLiverty have all joined the century club.
Weekend tourney schedule: The deepest tournament of the weekend will be the Chase Media Group Dual Meets at Yorktown featuring Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow, Putnam Valley, John Jay, Dobbs Ferry, Hen Hud, Brewster, Carmel, Somers, Croton-Harmon, Byram Hills and Yorktown. The tournament began on Friday, and will continue today at 9 a.m. The finals are scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, the field at the Irvington Invitational will feature Tappan Zee, Ossining, Westlake, Port Chester, Hackley, Arlington, Pawling, Mattituck (Section 11) and Sayville (Section 11). The tournament will begin today at 9 a.m., with the finals scheduled for around 3 p.m.
The ninth annual Clarkstown North tournament will include Horace Mann, Newburgh (Section 9), Wallkill (Section 9), West Islip (Section 11) and Danbury (Conn.). The tournament will begin today at 9:30 a.m. A winner will be decided after five rounds of robin-round wrestling.
Woodlands will also host a tournament today that is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.