Youth movement leads Pearl River to Division 2 final

Youth movement leads Pearl River to Division 2 final

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Youth movement leads Pearl River to Division 2 final

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Croton's Jordan Blumenthal, right, pinned Pearl River's Aidan Anselmi in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Croton’s Jordan Blumenthal, right, pinned Pearl River’s Aidan Anselmi in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Pearl River's Dan Hogan, left, pinned Croton's Izzy Rocker in a 170 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Pearl River’s Dan Hogan, left, pinned Croton’s Izzy Rocker in a 170 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Pearl River’s Dan Hogan pinned Croton’s Izzy Rocker in a 170-pound match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School on Thursday. The Pirates advanced to the final of the D2 Section 1 Dual Meet Championships.

Pearl River’s Dan Hogan pinned Croton’s Izzy Rocker in a 170-pound match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School on Thursday. The Pirates advanced to the final of the D2 Section 1 Dual Meet Championships.

Hendrick Hudson's Jordan Artrope, left, pinned Nanuet's Nathaniel Moncy in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Hendrick Hudson’s Jordan Artrope, left, pinned Nanuet’s Nathaniel Moncy in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Croton's Jordan Blumenthal, right, pinned Pearl River's Aidan Anselmi in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Croton’s Jordan Blumenthal, right, pinned Pearl River’s Aidan Anselmi in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Hendrick Hudson's Jordan Artope, top right, pinned Nanuet's Nathaniel Moncy in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Hendrick Hudson’s Jordan Artope, top right, pinned Nanuet’s Nathaniel Moncy in a 182 lbs. bout during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

MONTROSE – Emmet McCann wasn’t a regular in Pearl River’s lineup last season, and for good reason.

A middle-schooler at the time, McCann was in the same weight class as teammate Jake Kurzhals, who ended up winning his first Section 1 title and going on a memorable run to the New York state finals.

Now a freshman, it appears that there’s no holding McCann back. He proved that with two notable wins on Thursday, including a pin of Nanuet’s Karl Burnich, a returning section finalist.

Pearl River's Dan Hogan pinned Croton's Izzy Rocker in a 170 lbs. bout match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

Pearl River’s Dan Hogan pinned Croton’s Izzy Rocker in a 170 lbs. bout match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Dec. 3, 2015.

“I’ve been training a lot this summer and I was ready to show (coach Grier) Yorks what I’ve got,” McCann said. “It definitely boosts my confidence a lot for the season. I actually didn’t know that (Burnich was a section finalist). I didn’t think I would go into the season and do this well, but I’m really hyped.”

McCann and Kurzhals were both part of an impressive afternoon for the Pirates at Hen Hud. They beat Croton-Harmon 70-15 in the Division 2 (small school) quarterfinals of the Section 1 Dual Meet Championships before knocking off rival Nanuet with a 69-12 win in the semifinals.

Next up, Pearl River will host defending champ Putnam Valley on Thursday in a rematch of last year’s final.

“We’re looking forward to earning a section championship for our team, which we haven’t won since 1985,” McCann said. “It would be really huge if we won it this year.”

The Pirates were particularly dominant from 99-170 pounds, winning 21 of 22 matches wrestled in those weight classes – 13 via pin.

Croton's Jordan Blumenthal, right, pinned Pearl River's Aidan Anselmi in a 182-pound match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Thursday. The Pirates advanced to the D2 final of the Section 1 Dual Meet Championships.

Croton’s Jordan Blumenthal, right, pinned Pearl River’s Aidan Anselmi in a 182-pound match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School Thursday. The Pirates advanced to the D2 final of the Section 1 Dual Meet Championships.

McCann (132 pounds), Kurzhals (138), Jack Failing (99), Brian Roberts (106), Sean McGarvey (113), Vlad Sidorenko (126), Jack Chesman (145), Anthony Malfitano (152), Jack Fanshawe (160) and Dan Hogan (170) each went 2-0.

“We have a solid lineup there,” Kurzhals said. “We have a whole bunch of returning section finalists and we’re ready to go. It’s devastating because we can get a lot of points really quick. The (opponents) start second-guessing themselves, and we’re just confident all the way through.”

Man of the match: Emmet McCann, Pearl River — The freshman looks like an up-and-comer after winning both of his matches via pin. He and Chesman, a freshman who won a section title last season, give the Pirates a very bright outlook for the future.

Hendrick Hudson's Jordan Artrope, left, pinned Nanuet's Nathaniel Moncy in a 182-pound match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School on Thursday.

Hendrick Hudson’s Jordan Artrope, left, pinned Nanuet’s Nathaniel Moncy in a 182-pound match during a quad wrestling meet at Hendrick Hudson High School on Thursday.

Turning point: Nanuet took a brief 12-9 lead after pins from Connor Breit (220) and Bryan Oliveros (285), but the Golden Knights wouldn’t win another match. A forfeit at 99 pounds was followed by three straight pins for Pearl River to bury its Rockland County rival.

Quotable: “I’m proud of our younger guys,” said Kurzhals, who beat Nanuet’s Dylan Mateo with a 9-1 major decision in a rematch of last season’s section final. “We have a lot of freshmen coming in, they’re putting in the work and they’re doing well. And our older guys are doing what they need to do to get us where we need to be.”

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