It wasn’t until after Horace Greeley’s Scott Wymbs walked off the mat following his 3-1 overtime win against Kingston’s Deon Edmond that he realized it.
It was announced that, in addition to winning the 195-pound weight class at the Beacon tournament, he had claimed the Quakers’ all-time win record, breaking the mark of 116 held since 2006 by Greg Einfrank.
“I was trying not to focus on it,” said Wymbs, who knew he was getting close to the record but didn’t realize he could break it Saturday. “I wanted to wrestle with a clear mind.”
Wymbs, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler, was one of seven local wrestlers to win his weight class at the tournament.
“It relieves a little bit of stress knowing that I’m there and setting the record now,” the senior said of passing Einfrank prior to sectionals.
Wymbs wasn’t the only one to reach a milestone. Tappan Zee’s Desmond Djekovic earned his 100th win after beating Dwayne Richards of Kingston 13-5 in the 152 final.
“I never expected this day to come,” Djekovic said. “With seven victories as a freshman, I never thought I would reach up to 100 wins by senior year.”
Ossining’s Trent Lofaro upset Djekovic’s teammate John Hartnett, the top seed in the 220 weight class, 7-4 in the final. The win avenged a 2-0 loss to Hartnett at the Irvington Invitational in December.
“He’s a great opponent, a great wrestler,” Lofaro said. “I just tried to wrestle my heart out.”
All was not lost for the Dutchmen. Tappan Zee’s Mike Manni defeated Horace Greeley’s Brent Lobien 3-1 in overtime in the 285-pound final to remain undefeated.
Ossining’s Alex Delacruz had no problems in his 120-pound final, winning by technical fall (21-5) against Hussain Hasan of Valley Central, the team champion. Delacruz was disqualified last weekend at the Eastern States Classic for allegedly biting Pearl River’s John Muldoon in the semifinals.
“I thought it was really important to show people that I’m still the wrestler I was before that,” Delacruz said of the biting incident. “That really didn’t happen. I never bit anyone, but it is what it is and I’ll see him again at sectionals, hopefully.”
Clarkstown North’s Colby Kash took home the title at 138 pounds. Kash pinned Noah Hovde of TZ in 4:12. The Rams finished fourth, the highest of all the local teams.
For Byram Hills’ Jon Errico, who went 2-2 at Eastern States, winning the 106-pound final was a nice way to get back on track.
“Back at Easterns I was a little down because I lost to a couple of kids I should have beat,” said Errico, who pinned Clarkstown North’s Brian Hong in the final in 5:05. “This win really made me feel a lot better. It’s definitely a confidence booster.”