Panthers capture third League Title in three years

Sky Korek’s last second victory helped secure the Panthers’
third League Title in as many years.

Edgemont went into Ardsley High School on Tuesday in search of its third league title in as many years and emerged victorious with a 49-30 victory and Edgemont?s first League ?three-peat? ever.

The victory was truly a team effort as many wrestlers in the Panthers? line-up bumped up a weight class from where they weighed in (some already weighing in at a weight heavier than usual) to help the team secure the win.

The match started off with senior Max Abramsky at 132 pounds, up two weights from his normal 120 pounds. Abramsky fought hard but didn?t come away with the win. Edgemont? s next five wrestlers were all up one weight class as well.

At 138 pounds, sophomore Colin Hopkins went to work immediately, scoring from start to finish and earning a 13-1 major decision over Ardsley?s Patrick Polintan. At 145 pounds, senior Pete Berman kept the ball rolling with a quick 1:02 fall over Brendan Smith.

Junior Jack McCormack took a forfeit at 152 pounds, and classmate Ross Kantor took the mat for Edgemont at 160 pounds. Kantor faced off against Ardsley?s Zach Marji who he pinned in 0:44 seconds. Sophomore Chris Kim followed suit winning his 170 pound bout over Justin Rabadi by pin in 0:51 seconds.

Up at 220, team win-leader Danny Kornberg kept the streak alive and took out Ardsley?s Nick Lomardi in just under a minute.

Wrapping back around to the lightweights, eighth-grader Kyle Aslanian took the mats for the Panthers at 99 pounds. Aslanian wrestled an exciting match with Ardsley?s Adam Samolsky that saw Aslanian down 8-6 heading into the third period. Aslanian chose neutral to start the frame and ultimately earned two takedowns and a two-point nearfall before finalizing the come-from-behind victory with a 5:41 fall.

In another exciting bout at 106 pounds, Kyle?s brother, sophomore Tyler Aslanian also took a losing 6-5 score into the third period. Ardsley?s Jonah Gerstel took bottom to start the third and earned the escape six seconds in to go up 7-5. Not to be outdone by his younger brother however, Tyler went to work, battling for two takedowns late and a 9-8 decision victory.

At 113, pounds sophomore Riki Mistry looked impressive in what ultimately ended up in a loss. Junior Sky Korek took the mat for the Panther?s at 120 pounds, also up two weights from his usual 106 pounds. Korek took a scoreless bout into the third period where Ardsley?s Aidan Conroy took down. Korek rode him ferociously and scored a three-point nearfall at the buzzer for the 3-0 decision win.

Finally at 126 pounds, sophomore Will Graybeal took the mat for Edgemont versus Ardsley?s Jeremy Kogan. The bout was another barn burner as Graybeal entered the third period down 2-1. Kogan had choice and selected bottom. Graybeal worked non-stop throughout the period and managed the turn with 15 seconds left for a two-point nearfall and the 3-2 win.

The Panthers pick it back up on Friday night as they take on Scarsdale in the annual Bronx River Cup at 6 PM at Edgemont High School.