The Edgemont Panthers boarded the bus to Scarsdale High School last Friday empty-handed, but returned home with the cup that had eluded them last year. In the largest margin of victory for either team in the six years it has been contested, Edgemont racked up a 43-34 victory over the Raiders in the 2011 edition of the Bronx River Cup Wrestling Classic.
In a series that has never been short of excitement, the Panthers jumped out to an early lead and never let it go. Scoring victories in the first five bouts, four of which yielded bonus points for the Panthers, the tone was set. The match started at 135 where sophomore Jack McCormack was able to secure a three-point turn as time expired in the bout. This last second score gave McCormack the 12-4 win over Joe Koshakow and the major decision, putting Edgemont up 4-0.
McCormack was followed by sophomore Mike Rothstein at 140 pounds who pinned Scarsdale?s Trevor Schrier at 4:12. Next up at 145 pounds was Edgemont?s Ross Kantor with a commanding 13-7 decision over Eric Berman. Freshman Chris Kim filled in admirably for starter Jason Worobow at 152 pounds and secured a fall over Jake Feingold 16 seconds into the second period while up 4-0.
At 215 pounds, junior captain Danny Kornberg wrestled a hard-fought battle with Scarsdale captain Jacob Berkowitz and despite an injury managed to hold Berkowitz to a 6-0 decision.
The Panther?s other varsity win came from sophomore captain Trey Aslanian who pinned Mike Hodges at the 2:12 mark. Also, receiving wins for the Panthers were freshman Riki Mistry, sophomore Sky Korek and junior Pete Berman.