John Jay High School wrestling coach Jamie Weaver thinks his team’s winning performance in Friday’s Patriot Invitational sets it up well as the squad moves forward in the season.
“As far as tournaments, it makes a statement for us,” said Weaver, whose team rebounded from a 21-point deficit as the hosts won the event for the first time in over a decade. “It showed us exactly where we are and we’re an outstanding tournament team.
“Coming back from a 21-point deficit in the final round shows that resilience they have. They just keep pushing hard.”
The Patriots’ Brett Perry, at 182 pounds, defeated Newburgh Free Academy’s Kyle McGuire by technical fall and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for a second consecutive year. Perry won the 170-pound title last year.
“Brett walked through the whole field, even in the final,” Weaver said.
Other Patriots to win titles were Grant Frederick (138), Brandon White (170) and Jay Albis (120). Albis beat Highland’s Austin Ingraham by a 5-4 decision in a rematch from last year’s Patriot Invitational final.
“That was a great match,” Weaver said. “Jay has been actually looking forward to that match for quite a while now. He matched up with him last year and lost 2-1 in overtime.”
White defeated Our Lady of Lourdes’ Tyler Estremera by pinfall in 1:56 in the 170-pound final. Along with Ingraham and Estremera, other locals to finish second in the event were John Jay’s Randy Earl (106), Lourdes’ Nick Jolly (145) and New Paltz’s Troy Grant (220). Local third-place winners were Highland’s Mike Feliciano (113), John Jay’s Dominic Testa (126), Ron McCabe (145) and Andrew Anthony (220).
Saturday’s forecast of snow forced tournament director Dave Ryley to alter the format from a two-day round-robin tournament to a one-day seeded bracket. The event ran from about 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday.
“It was definitely tough and Dave did a great job,” Weaver said. “Once everyone weighed in, it was smooth sailing. It wasn’t the exact tournament we normally run or we want to run, but we got the wrestling in and got the kids their matches in.”