Pawling opened its season Tuesday sweeping through the first two rounds of the Section 1 Division 2 duals at Woodlands High School, clinching a berth in Thursday’s quarterfinals and semifinals at Pleasantville.
Pawling topped Ardsley 66-12 before beating Woodlands 69-12. The Tigers will face Putnam Valley in a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal Thursday.
Against Ardsley, Jason Nikolatos (113 pounds), Noah Fleischman (120) and Carmine Pedato (126) each won by pinfall against Ardsley. Matt Kuhlmann (160) and Reece Bijou (182) picked up pins against Woodlands.
“It’s nice to fill up pretty much all the weight classes. We’re a pretty large team and a young team,” said Pawling coach Joe Amuso Jr., whose team has 27 wrestlers. “I think we’ve really fine-tuned our skills to the point where we can compete with most teams in our division. We have a good mix of veterans and younger wrestlers throughout the lineup.”
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