A new wrestling season has begun and right away, two local teams started with a bang.
The teams from Arlington High School and Beacon began the season with strong showings Wednesday at a Section 1 Duals quad meet at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak.
Arlington came away with a 72-10 win over the host Hornets and a 57-21 win over Brewster. Beacon beat Lakeland 63-18, but lost to Brewster, 56-27.
Firas Zoha (120 pounds) stood out for the Admirals, as he won his first match by pinfall and his second by decision. Despite some forfeits on Brewster’s part, Arlington coach Fred Perry liked what he saw from his team.
“There were a lot of forfeits in the Brewster match,” said Perry, whose Admirals advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals. “Everyone wrestled really hard. The kids have been working very hard in the offseason and it showed tonight.”
Liam Ollive (99), Malachi Maloney (170) and Kyle Davis (182) each won matches against Brewster. Maloney added a win by 7-1 decision against Lakeland, while Israel Echi (126) and Paul Cohen (120) each scored wins by pinfall.
Gavin and Peter Pasqualini, who normally wrestle at 120 and 126 respectively, each shifted up a class and won their matches. Gavin at 126 and Peter at 132.
“I was happy with how we wrestled,” Beacon coach Ron Tompkins said. “Brewster is one of the better teams and we held our own. I’m looking forward to the weekend. We expect the kids to do well on Saturday.”
Beacon will compete in the Rye Duals at Rye High School on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
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