Panthers continue to develop in challenging tournaments

Sophomore Colin Hopkins continues to improve.

Edgemont?s grapplers continued their quest for post-season championships this weekend as members of the squad competed in both the Ardsley Tournament and New Rochelle?s Ted Murphy Shoreline Tournament.

We sent nine athletes to each tournament and got the good competition we needed to keep developing. At the perennially tough Shoreline Tournament we had four athletes place in the Top 6.

Junior Trey Aslanian took home the title at 113 lbs, teching and pinning his way through the bracket. In the finals he pinned a tough John Muldoon from Pearl River at 4:52 while winning 13-5. He will likely see Muldoon twice more in the next two weeks ? both in our Dual Meet at home vs. Pearl River next Tuesday and the following weekend at the 30th Annual Edgemont Wrestling Invitational. Trey continues to improve and looks better and better as the season progresses. We?re excited to see him up at the Eastern States Classic this weekend.

Also placing for Edgemont were senior Danny Kornberg (5th at 220 lbs), junior Sky Korek (6th at 106 lbs) and sophomore Colin Hopkins (6th at 132 lbs). I can only remember two other times in Edgemont?s 20+ years attending this prestigious tournament that we?ve had four wrestlers place.

Sky continues to improve from all positions and is hard to stop when his offense is clicking. Danny, as always, was a workhorse. The fifth place finish is deceptive in this tournament because if you lose prior to the semi-finals, the best you can do is fifth. Danny was 4-1 on the day with his only loss coming in the quarterfinals to the #1-seed Jon Babson of LaSalle (Section 2) by tightly contested 7-3 decision. Danny also avenged an earlier season loss by beating Tappan Zee?s Chris McGann in the 5th place match 3-1 in overtime. Danny is looking better and better.

Hopkins wrestled the best tournament of his career. Like Kornberg, Colin was 4-1 on the day with his only loss coming to NYS Runner-Up Danny Ventura of Fox Lane in the Round of 16. Colin started in an outbracket and wrestled all the way back to the 5th place match, which he couldn’t even wrestle in because he had already reached the NYS maximum number of matches in a day ? 5 bouts. Colin?s last win came against a very tough Tom Peguillan of Commack where Colin found himself down 4-0 in the mid 2nd period. Colin battled back and with two takedowns in the third, forced an overtime, where he earned another takedown and the win.

Other solid performances were turned in by senior Max Abramsky at 120 lbs, sophomore Will Graybeal at 126 lbs, senior Pete Berman at 138 lbs, junior Jack McCormack at 145 lbs and sophomore Chris Kim at 160 lbs.

At the Ardsley Tournament, sophomore Tyler Aslanian lead the way at 99 pounds, with a perfect 3-0 day, a tournament title avenging an earlier season loss to Croton?s Andrew Barsuch and Most Outstanding Sophomore honors. Freshman Dylan Huff also continued to impress at 126 lbs, going 2-2 on the day, with one of those losses coming to Ardsley?s defending Section Champ Drew Longo. 8th grader Kyle Aslanian, freshmen Aly Kornberg, Jon Fleischmann and Sam Charnizon, and sophomores Marc Ficuciello and Suamil Kothari each also wrestled hard.

Next up for us is a tough Somers team in a dual meet at Somers on Tuesday 1/10 at 4:30 PM.