A trio of wrestlers earned championships to clinch a fourth straight Dutchess Cup for Arlington High School, and a close second-place finish overall, at the Bulldog Invitational tournament on Saturday.
Freshman Brady Robin (99 pounds), senior Travis Becker (113), and junior Mike Peterson (160) each won their weight classes as Arlington totaled 198 points, right behind Valley Central’s winning total of 201.
“I didn’t expect us to come out that strong,” Peterson said. “We had five kids in the finals. I was really happy about that.”
The Admirals easily secured the Dutchess Cup, given annually to the top team from Dutchess County. Roy C. Ketcham finished eighth with 123 points, while Pawling took 14th and Beacon ended up 16th out of 18 teams.
“It’s exciting,” Arlington assistant coach Anthony Stewart said. “The kids are happy to do it. It’s a little upsetting that John Jay isn’t here and all the schools that used to participate aren’t here, but it’s something the kids are always getting up for. They were ready and came here to bring it, because they know they want to keep that thing in our trophy case.”
Robin beat Arlington junior Alfredo Olmedo in the final with a 5-2 decision in three overtimes.
“It feels really good because of all the hard work I put in,” Robin said. “In practice I always think about it. How, if I’m in the finals in a tight match like that, to keep pushing myself so I don’t collapse, so I’m in shape, and I can keep going and put the pressure on.
“Me and Alfredo know each other really well. It was just a really hard-fought match and I just tried to give it my all and that’s what happened.”
Becker bulldozed his way through the 113-pound bracket, defeating Gabe Campbell of Valley Central 6-1 in the final.
“I’ve been working hard this year,” Becker said. “I’ve had a couple of tough fights and I’ve been doing pretty good. I just go out there and try to win every match.”
Peterson’s 9-6 decision over Kingston’s Tyler Anderson in the 160-pound final was the junior’s first tournament title.
“I’ve been in the finals several times and I finally managed to win one,” Peterson said. “I came out tough and I set the tone. … I just kinda hung on to win it. It was a tough win, but I still got it.”
Ketcham had two wrestlers with second-place finishes, sophomore Dan Murphy in the 132-pound bracket and junior Brad Marvin at 145.
“I thought we did pretty good,” Ketcham coach Joe Warren said. “After Day 1 we were in first place. We had two guys in the finals and they faced some tough kids and we lost to them. Those matches could have gone either way. Overall I was pretty pleased. Dave Emory taking third at 152 was great. Coming from an eighth seed to take third was a nice job by him.”
Junior Mike Chirasello also reached the finals of the 126-pound bracket for the Admirals, who came within a hair of winning the tournament outright.
“The past couple of years we’ve had a tough time placing,” Stewart said. “We didn’t really have the expectations of winning this tournament. We thought we’d do well, but a top-two finish is excellent.”