Panthers take the sting out of Yellow Jackets

Sophomore Tyler Aslanian’s pin over last year’s Sectional Runner-Up
Richie Dosin help seal the Panthers’ victory over Hastings.

Edgemont traveled to Hastings on Thursday to take on the league-opponent Yellow Jackets. Edgemont came away with an impressive win to improve to 4-0 in the league, setting up a showdown with Ardsley next week to decide the League Title.

Against an improving Hastings team, the Panthers came away with a 47-28 win while resting several of their starters. The match started off at 132 pounds where senior Max Abramsky bumped up two weight classes over his normal 120-pound spot, but received a forfeit win.

The wrestling action kicked off next at 138 pounds with sophomore Colin Hopkins also bumping up a weight. The increased size of his opponent didn?t slow Hopkins down as he recorded at 21-5 technical fall over AJ Tarricone.

At 145 pounds, junior Jack McCormack turned in another consistent performance with his 5-2 win over Brandon Abrahante. Rookie Saumil Kothari stepped up big for the Panthers next and delivered his first career Varsity win with a 3:19 pin over Hastings? Joel Fuentes. Junior Ross Kantor kept the ball rolling for Edgemont, as he also bumped up a weight to 160. Kantor took on the Yellow Jackets? Mikhail Garcia and after securing the first takedown, the two traded off several reversals to end the period with a 4-4 tie. Garcia took bottom in the 2nd period and Kantor went to work, pressuring him relentlessly and eventually finishing the match with a 3:05 pin.

Sophomore Chris Kim and junior Jason Worobow accepted forfeits for the Panthers at 170 and 182, respectively. The lightweights next took the mat, starting with eigth-grader Kyle Aslanian at 99 pounds, who dropped a major decision to Hastings? Nick Wilt.

At 106, sophomore Tyler Aslanian helped the Panthers come roaring back as he pinned Sectional Finalist Richie Dosin in the waning seconds of the first period at 1:48. Dosin lost to Tyler?s brother Trey in the 103 pound finals of the 2011 Sectional Championships.

At 113, sophomore Riki Mistry lost a heat breaker on a costly mistake that put him on his back. Finally, at 126 pounds, fellow sophomore Will Garybeal ended on a high note as he battled Hastings? Nikko Padilla to an 8-5 victory, securing the win for Edgemont.

Freshman Jon Fleischmann also continued to show great development in his clutch exhibition win.

The Panthers host the 30th Annual Edgemont Tournament this Saturday featuring a competitive 18-team field with large and small school teams from Section 1, Section 9, Private Schools, Catholics and Connecticut.